This is called “The Funeral In California.” Nobody lives where you live.
We had to go to California for a funeral. It wasn’t anyone either of us knew. It was someone that someone that someone we know knew. Do you ever want something so badly you’ll go to the ends of the earth for it? Us neither. We have a painted portrait of Kubla Khan in our bathroom but it’s just for show. When we got to California, a Californian came up to us and said, Are you here for the funeral? Why yes we are, we said. And then we were driven very fast to a canyon I can only describe as “soft-visaged” and “gently fecund.” The body lay prepared in the dirt. It had come to this. And we both wept. The feeling of meeting someone after they’ve died is a strange one. It makes you want to know everybody, at least a little, before they die. But that’s totally impossible. Because some people live in California.
After 3 days in San Francisco I took the road direction to Sequoia Park, I was very interested in these big trees, even that my first intention was to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles I decided to change my destination and spend a night in Visalia, in fact I spend less time than I expected in the road, so instead of visiting the park in the morning I decided to do it the same afternoon…
A lot happened with The Lighthouse Boys in 1980, a lineup change,
the release of their first album and they recorded a live album. It started back in late 1979 after a change
in the lineup also changed much of the sound of The Lighthouse Boys that set
them on their path to winning the 1980 Californians Choice Award for “Best Band”
by the end of the year.
In 1979 members Frank McNinch, Gary Miller and Kenny Knight had
left and Steve Johnson ended up leaving towards the end of the year. Enter Tim Cantu on Drums, Dathan Fernandez on
lead guitar, by December, Ken & Jon Edwards joined and the lineup was set making
Mark & Bill Underwood the only original members still in the group. The Lighthouse Boys entered almost daily
practices for 2 to 3 weeks uniting songs from The Lighthouse Boys with a few
songs from the Edwards Family setlist.
The Lighthouse Boys would hit the road in a green maxi-van until eventually
they purchased their Gold Eagle Flex from another Gospel Group later that year.
Many people flocked to Gospel Concerts back then and it would seem
a lot of people flocked to see The Lighthouse Boys wherever they were booked. The above photo shows The Lighthouse Boys
performing at Camelot Buffett in Lancaster, CA, they played there a few times
that year, however dates are still being searched for.
If you saw The Lighthouse Boys in concert in 1980 you are more
than welcome to submit your review, if you have old flyers or photos of The
Lighthouse Boys in concert, please submit them by emailing
We have compiled a small list of dates that The Lighthouse Boys had performed in 1980, we are still searching for more scheduled listings form back then, but here is what we have.
MAY 26, 1980
San Bernardino Fair Grounds, Victorville, CA
Western Deserts Gospel Sing
JUL 20, 1980
Olivehurst Pentecostal Holiness Church, Marysville, CA