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Wouldn't It Be Nice

The Beach Boys BBC documentary "Wouldn't It Be Nice" aired on BBC1 on January 9th and was considered a ratings success.

"It was a real thrill to be involved in the creation of these two television programs. Although there are many creative limitations when it comes to getting a network program to air, just the fact that these productions used some of my input was quite satisfying. I truly hope to be involved in more TV and film production in the near future."

"We interviewed Mike, Bruce, Al, Carl B. Tony Asher, Marilyn, Diane, Ginger, Eddie, Trisha, Hal Blaine, Van Dyke Parks, Stevie Kalinich, Jerry Schilling, Andy Paley, Probyn Gregory, Gregg Jakobson, and others. it should be quite a show when it's all put together." Jon Stebbins © 2004

Jon Stebbins, Gage Wilson, Carl Wilson and Hal Blaine
Gage, Jon, Carl and Hal Blaine
Jon Stebbins, Carl Wilson and Hal Blaine
Jon, Carl and Hal
Photos courtesy of John Halliday © 2004

Jon with Carl B, Hal Blaine, and Gage Wilson taken at Western Studios in the very room Pet Sounds was recorded in. "This was during one of the shoots for the coming BB's 70 min. documentary and the first time the boys had met Hal who was Denny's fave drummer. I specifically invited them there that day to meet Hal...and it was quite a moment for everyone involved." Jon Stebbins © 2004

Director Matt O'Casey, Pet Sounds lyricist Tony Asher, and Jon Stebbins
Jon Stebbins © 2004
Director Matt O'Casey, Pet Sounds lyricist Tony Asher, and Jon.

The highlight of the day was when Tony plucked the intro to "You Still Believe In Me" on the strings of the grand piano, just as he had done on the Pet Sounds recording." Jon Stebbins © 2004