Bruce & Harriet's first child, Ozzie Bruce, is born on the 18th. On the 26th the band embark|
on what will be a fateful tour of New Zealand & Australia
during the Australian leg of the tour, the extent of the problems besetting the band become|
evident: Dennis is rapidly spiraling out of control, Carl is in the grip of a substantial drug and
alcohol habit (to the extent that he keels over onstage in Perth on the 14th), and Brian is once
more regressing since the departure of Landy. On their return from the tour, the band decides
to fire Steve Love - again. Tom Hulett takes over.
"Almost Summer/Lookin' Good", from the soundtrack of the Almost Summer movie is|
released on MCA, and peaks at #28. The single (A side a Wilson/Love/Jardine composition) is
credited to Celebration featuring Mike Love, a splinter band of BB touring musicians and
allegedly features an uncredited appearance from Brian. To promote the 45, Celebration
record up to two dozen 'custom' versions of the A side for local radio stations across the USA.
Meanwhile, Dennis is working on his second solo project, Bambu and is arrested in Tucson,
AZ, after being found in a hotel room with a sixteen year-old girl. On the 28th, Celebration
make their live debut at USC, with special guests Jan & Dea and Brian & Carl Wilson.
soundtrack album Almost Summer, featuring the single and two further Mike Love vocals, is|
released but fails to chart.
|June||Dennis & Karen re-marry on the 28th in Las Vegas.|
Carl & Annie Wilson separate on Independence Day. Brian & Marilyn follow suit on the 15th|
while on the 12th, Dennis files for divorce again. The band heads to Florida's Criteria Studios to
record their Caribou debut, but it rapidly becomes evident that Brian cannot (or will not)
function as producer. A phone call is made to Bruce Johnston...
|August||the final Warners' 45 "Peggy Sue/Hey Little Tomboy", is released, and stalls at #59.|
Brian is hospitalised for several months in the Brotman Memorial Hospital. Brother studio is|
sold to jazz musician Tom Scott.
much revised and overdubbed, and including newly recorded material, the tapes from Iowa are|
finally released as M.I.U. Album, the final album required by the Warners' contract. In an
eerie echo of the first Warner's album over eight years earlier,, the statistics exactly mirror those
of Sunflower - four weeks on the chart, peaking at #151. Meanwhile, the band are finishing up
their Caribou debut, which it has been announced will feature a disco remake of a track from
Wild Honey. Dennis offers tracks from Bambu, a move that effectively seals that albums' fate.
|December||Dennis begins a two-year relationship with Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac.|