November 12th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1961, the Los Angeles Times Night Life section reported that The Kinsmen and Charles Gonzalez were performing nightly (except Mondays) at the Rouge et Noir in Seal Beach.

The Kinsmen were Bud Dashiell, Bernie Armstrong, Jr., and C. Carson Parks (brother of Van Dyke Parks and a Seal Beach resident). Parks and Armstrong also performed as a folk duo, The Steeltown Two. Below is a cut from a Kinsmen LP that gives a bit of the flavor of music you could hear at 143 Main Street in 1961. 

Unfortunately, I don’t have any information about Charles Gonzalez, but I hope we’ll hear from someone out there in internet-land who can tell us more.

– Michael Dobkins


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