Papa Doo Run Run performs all the feel-good classic rock of the 60's and 70's
with a special emphasis on the California music hits of
The Beach Boys.
The year was 1965. The air was clean, music refreshingly innocent, and
in Cupertino, California, a small, pre-Silicon Valley town just south of San Francisco
near Santa Cruz, four high school buddies got together to form a garage band. This was not
just any garage band this band was special.
They would succeed where others would fail they would continue
where others would die off. They had a focus where others bands just rambled. They wore
They believed that "good enough" never was. They practiced
their four part harmony until their throats bled and it paid off. Papa Doo
Run Run established a solid performance schedule, playing as many as 200 dates a
year, covering North America and two other continents, and a ton of island resorts.
During their humble beginnings in the 60's and 70's, they performed at
nearly every high school and college in California. Some of Papa Doo Run Run's
opening acts in the early days included Van Halen and the Doobie
Brothers, when those
bands were still in their garage band stage.
After meeting limited success with a few recording ventures in the 60's
and 70's, Papa Doo Run Run caught the big wave with "Be True
To Your School," produced by their friend Bruce Johnston of the
That single made the top 40 charts nationally, and No. 1 in California, earning them
"Kahuna" status among the veteran surf legends of the day. The flip side was a
song called "Disney Girls," which opened the door for what was to become a 15
year run at Disneyland as the "celebrity house band."
Throughout the late 70's Papa Doo Run Run toured with Jan
& Dean as their opening act and back-up band, and in the 80's toured and
recorded with members of the Beach Boys. They have also appeared in concert with such
luminaries as Roy Orbison, Fleetwood Mac, Kenny
Boys, and many
more huge names. Their most notable performances include two Olympics, six Super Bowls,
and two Inaugurations. In 1988 Papa was dubbed "California's Band"
by California's then Governor Dukmejian, and in 1992 they added a former member of the
Beach Boys to their permanent line-up.
Papa Doo Run Run today includes: Don Zirilli
keyboards and vocals, Jim Rush bass and vocals, (both of whom are original members
since 1965), Jeffrey Foskett guitar and vocals, who joined Papa after his 10 year
stint as a member of the
Beach Boys (1980-90), plus Bobby Gothar guitar and vocals,
who has shared the stage with Lee Greenwood,
Merle Haggard, and
Charlie Daniels, and studio drummer Bo Fox, who
throughout the 80's toured with Jimmy Buffett, and
Highlights from Papa Doo Run Run's 3 decade history include --
- 2 Gold Record awards (including "California Project")
- GRAMMY nomination
- 9 charted singles, albums and EPs
- Disneyland's "celebrity house band" for 15
- Toured with and backed up Jan & Dean throughout
- Recorded and performed with members of the Beach
Boys throughout the 80's
- Performances at 2 presidential inaugurations and 2
- Official band of Hands Across America
- Featured at Super Bowl IXX, Super Bowl XXI, Super
Bowl XXIII, Super Bowl XXV, Super Bowl XXVII, Super Bowl XXX, Super
Bowl XXXII, Super Bowl XXIV
Papa Doo Run Run may be available for your next special event!
.Rock & Roll.
..80s, ..90s, ..00s, ..10s
Formed: ..in California
Based: ..in California
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