Huntington Beach Old Photos and Information for Surf City

The most recent history of Huntington Beach is 100-year venture into tourism, oil & space exploration and soft industries with corporate headquarters locating to the city. Huntington Beach's rich history of photos began with the Newland House, the Red Car, a pleasure pier, ocean plunge, pavilion and attractions not strikingly different from today.  Shortly after Huntington Beach adopted its name, an oil boom began when several veins were discovered on the land near the beach. For approximately 100 years, the derricks, offshore platforms and pumps have dotted the terrain and appeared in the landscape of photographs. While the pumps surprisingly still sit next to houses, a hotel in the downtown region and are plentiful near the wetlands, many have been capped as the price of land goes up. This picture gallery includes an assortment of photos obtained through various sources and is brought to you for your enjoyment. We'd like to thank those who have contributed to the cause of helping educate and remind us of our roots in the West Coast Mecca of Huntington Beach, California, also known as Surf City.

  Bus Boys, Eric Clapton and John Mayall Promotional Photos
for Golden Bear Appearances in Huntington Beach, California

John Mayall, blues guitarist and singer has experienced the longevity and popularity other artists dream of. Born in 1933, the British born recording artist is still producing CDs and performs primarily through Europe. Many Californians, however, remember a song he wrote that captured a certain feel and essence of the Golden State.  Some of us growing up in other states or countries heard this song and gained a fondness for a place we'd never been to but hoped to visit. While we were told and believed that California was cool, we gained an appreciation of a great blues artist who could create tunes and lyrics that evoked emotion. The lyrics are simple and do not convey the essence of the song, but here they are:

Going back to California
So many good things around
Don't wanna leave California
The sun seems to never go down

Some people may treat you ugly
Some treat you beautiful too
That's the way life is all over
So look for the good things for you

California - there is a good place to be
California - that's where I'm feeling so free


California that's where I'm feeling so free
California there is a good place to be

California - that is a good place for home
California - I'll be back there before long

John Mayall grew up  listening to his guitarist father's extensive jazz record collection and felt drawn to the blues. Strongly influenced by such greats as Leadbelly, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith, and Eddie Lang, he taught himself to play and developed his own style. Mayall did not turn his musical talents into a full time career until the age of 30. He carved a name for himself in London where he formed a band known as John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. One of his favorite partners and band members for a time was Eric Clapton, who had quit the Yardbirds in favor of playing the blues. This historic union culminated in the first hit album for the Bluesbreakers and resulted in worldwide legendary status.

After Clapton and Jack Bruce left the band to form Cream, a succession of great musicians defined their artistic roots under John's leadership, and he became as well known for discovering new talent as for his hard-hitting interpretations of the fierce Chicago-style blues he'd grown up listening to. Attracted by the West Coast climate and culture, John  moved from England to Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles and began forming bands with American musicians. "Room To Move" became a rock classic and received gold record status. It was during that time John Mayall performed at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach. Throughout the 70's, he was revered for his many jazz/rock/blues innovations featuring such notable performers as Blue Mitchell , Red Holloway, Larry Taylor, and Harvey Mandel. He also backed blues greats John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, and Sonny Boy Williamson on their first English club tours.

The decline of interest in the blues at the turn of the 1980s provided a difficult transition for someone who'd been on top for years. But part of singing the blues is living it and John did so. Not only was his career in decline, a brush fire destroyed his custom designed Laurel Canyon home, taking with it his scrupulously-kept diaries, his father's diaries, master recordings, extensive book & magazine collections, Mayall artwork, and much much more. Determined to rise from the ashes, Mayall persevered.

Making it through the hard times and returning to his English roots, Mayall now lives, writes, records and performs primarily in Europe.  He experiences commercial success and continues to help craft careers for up and coming musicians who have an opportunity to cut their teeth, gaining exposure in his band. Posters, songs and photos bring back the golden years of the Golden Bear and for many, the man they were fortunate to see perform live at this venue that's remembered and still talked about years later.


Huntington Beach
 Hunting Beach
Huntington Beach
Red Car
Franklin Roosevelt
4th of July Parade
New Riders of the
Purple Sage
Golden Bear
 Robin William
Golden Bear
Linda Rondstadt
Golden Bear
John Mayall
Golden Bear

Kenny Rankin

Golden Bear
Golden Bear
Steve Martin
Golden Bear
Bachman Turner
Golden Bear
../Golden Bear building and signage from the 1980s

Golden Bear

Soap Box Derby
Huntington Beach
Main Street
Post Office
Realty Co. Office

Beach Carousel

Evangeline Hotel
Man on 3 while bike at Huntington Beach Pier
End of the Pier Cafe
John Gustafson
Huntington Surfer
 Surfing Huntington
Hoyt Axton
Golden Bear
Main Street Biz
Matthew Helme and His Family pose for photo in front of Historic Helme Building
Matthew Helme(15)
Helme Building
Salt Water Plunge
Huntington Beach


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Golden Bear Dining and Concert Hall featured Bus Boys, Eric Clapton and John Mayall among the hundreds of famous actors, comedians and musicians that enjoyed performing in Huntington Beach, California. See this list below:

Amazing Rhythm Aces
Asleep at the Wheel
Average White Band
Peter Alen
Hoyt Axton
BB King
Captain Beefheart
Elvin Bishop
Black Oak Arkansas
Brand X
Brian Auger
David Bromberg
Jackson Browne
Lenny Bruce
Jimmy Buffett
Charles Bukowski
Eric Burdon
Paul Butterfield
Larry Carlton
Kim Carnes
Keigh Carradine
Cecilio & Kapono
Cheech & Chong
Vassar Clements
Billy Cobham
Judy Collins
Jeffrey Comanor
Commandor Cody
Larry Coryell
Country Joe & The Fish
Papa John Creach
David Crosby
Rodney Crowell
Cherie & Marie Currie
Rick Danko & Gary Busey
Kiki Dee
John Denver
Rick Derringer
Dixie Dreggs
Les Dudek
Bob Dylan
Walter Egan
England Dan &
John Ford Coley
John Fahey
Jay Ferguson
Firesign Theatre
Flash Cadillac
Robben Ford
Michael Franks
Richie Furey
Flying Burrito Bros
Peter Gabriel
Jerry Garcia
Nick Gilder

Dizzy Gillespie
Steve Goodman
Stephane Grappelli
Arlo Guthrie
Randy Hansen's
Machine Gun
John Hartford
Richie Havens
Head East
Jimi Hendrix
Dan Hicks
Dr. Hook
Jan & Dean
Al Jarreau
Garland Jeffreys
Jefferson Airplane
Billy Joel
David Johansen
Janis Joplin
Jorma Kaukonen
John Kay & Steppenwolf
Doug Kershaw
Greg Kihn Band
Albert King
John Klemmer
The Knack
Al Kooper
Leo Kotke
Kris Kristofferson
LA Express
Ronnie Laws
Dr. Timothy Leary
Lenny & Squiggy
Ramsey Lewis
David Lindley
Loggins & Messina
Jeff Lorber Fusion
John Mayall
Taj Mahal
Mark Almond
Steve Martin
Dave Mason
Don McLean
McGuinn, Clark, Hillman
Randy Meisner
Lee Michaels
The Motels
Muddy Waters
Maria Mauldaur
Martin Mull
Michael Murphey
New Riders of the
  Purple Sage
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Norton Buffalo
Oingo Boingo
Pablo Cruise
Robert Palmer
Shawn Phillips
Jom Photoglo
Mary Kay Place
Jean-Luc Ponty
John Prine
Pure Prairie League
Jimmy Rabbit & Renegade
Bonnie Raitt
Romeo Void
Tom Robinson Band
Kenny Rankin
Leon Redbone
Lee Ritenour
Linda Ronstadt
Buffy Saint Marie
Sanford & Townsend
Savoy Brown
Tom Scott
Earl Scruggs Revue
Sea Level
John Sebastian
Frazer Smith
Patti Smith
Smothers Bros
Split Enz
Stephen Stills
Al Stewart
John Stewart
Strange Daze
Naughty Sweeties
Mrc Tanner
Tonio K
Peter Tosh
Tower of Power
George Thorogood
Stanley Turrentine
Tommy Tutone
Dwight Twilley
Van Halen
Louden Wainwright
Tom Waits
Jennifer Warnes
Bob Weir
Tim Weisberg
Lenny White
Wet Wiliie
Lenny Williams
Jesse Winchester
Jesse Collin Young
Neil Young
Warren Zevon

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