Burton Cummings

My first concert was the Beach Boys in September of 1983 at the Puyallup Fair. I remember one point during the show where Dennis was talking to the audience while the band quietly comped behind him. Then he went into the song “You Are So Beautiful”, but his voice was ravaged by years of alcohol and other vices. Everyone around, we were all looking at each other with concern and alarm while this was going on. It was pretty painful to listen to, but he still got applause for it.

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