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The Bay Area Bands from the Golden Haight-Ashbury Era – “A” through “J”

These groups were all local to the San Francisco/Bay Area sound, with many residing in the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood adjoining Golden Gate Park. Many others migrated into the Bay scene – residing in nearby communities or taking on a sort of ‘temporary resident’ status.

About a dozen or so groups would anchor “The Haight” appearing at the Avalon Ballroom, Fillmore Auditorium or other local venues joined by the many artists both passing through of much notoriety or by the striving-for-fame and more obscure.  Not another community comes to mind that parallels the Haight in communal uniqueness and musical creativity magic – even though it was for such a brief moment in time.

Thanks to journalist Ralph Gleason, Seven of the San Fran groups were “introduced” to the world at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival which placed “The Haight” in the nation’s spotlight: Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Grateful Dead, Moby Grape and The Charlatans.

Perhaps New York’s Greenwich Village is worthy of consideration…..hummh….Maybe next….

(All recordings displayed are pre 1970)

The 2nd Phase

East Bay band appeared at Rollerena

The 4th Street Exit

45 – Rowena 45-792 – Strange One b/w A Love Like This (1967)

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The 4th Way

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Group Members: Eddie Marshall – Mike Nock – Michael White – Ron McClure

San Francisco Area Band The 4th Way appearing at the Avalon Ballroom 1968

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A. B. Skhy

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Original Group Members: Dennis Geyer – Terry Andrson – Howard Wales – Jim Marcotte

Migrated to San Fran from Wisconsin – Wales joined The Grateful Dead

San Francisco Area Band appearing at the Avalon Ballroom 1968

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45 – MGM PB 4638 – Camel Back b/w Camel Back (1969)

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45 – MGM K14086 – Camel Back b/w Just What I Needed (1969)

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Abaco Dream

This group was Sly Stone and the Family Stone.

45 – A&M 1081 – Life and Death in G &A b/w Cat Woman (1969) – #74 Hot 100

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45 – A&M 1160 – Another Night of Love b/w Chocolate Pudding (1969)

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The Abandoned Minds

The Ace of Cups

Original Group Members: Marla, Denise, Mary Ellen, Diane and Mary (last names?) 

Click on image to visit their web site

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Ace of Clubs appearance at the Avalon Ballroom with Quicksilver Messenger Service

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The After Effects

The Aftermath

The Alameda County Fairgrounds – Venue

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Alan & His Allies

Group Members: Jake Ramirez – Don Martinez – Gary Costalead – Jess Gregory – Frank Luna – Joe Ramirez

This group evolved into “The American Explorer”

Albatross Landing

Group Members: Kevin Winn – Kim Passwaiter – Claire Bertoloti – Rich Fassler – Ken Castleman

The Aliens

Group performed at “Wayne Manor” in the Sunnyvale area of the Bay area in 1966.

The Amen Blues (with Gino Dentie)

Group performed at “Wayne Manor” in the Sunnyvale area of the Bay area in 1966.

The American Canyon

American Explorer

Group evolved from “Alan & His Allies”

The American Music Band

San Francisco Area Band appearing at The Fillmore 1967

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The Anonymous Artists of America

San Francisco Area Band appearing at California Hall 1967

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Archer

The Ariel

This group was originally known as “The Banshees” – Some members recorded as “Kensington Forest”  – Member Chris Guiver was also with “Gypsum Heaps”.

45 – Brent 7060 – It Feels Like I’m Crying b/w I Love You – 1966

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Ray Columbus & The Art Collection

This group migrated to San Francisco as the Newcastle Five before changing their name to The Art Collection

45 – Colstar 67-1001 – Kick Me b/w She’s a Mod (1967)

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45 – Sundazed – I Go To School b/w Morning (reissue)

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The Astros

45 – Golden State 653 – Space Walk  b/w Earth Hop

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Aum

45 – ZS7-7000 – Bye Bye Baby b/w Resurrection – 1969

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45 – Fillmore ZS7 7001 – Aum b/w Little Brown Hen – 1969

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LP – Sire SES 97007 – Bluesvibes – 1969

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LP – Fillmore F 30002 – Resurrection – 1969

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The Back Door

Group Members: John Bushell – Rick French – Don Cromwell – Jesse Cruz – Ken Savage – Vincent Lafranca

The Bad Apples

The Banshees

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Original Group Members: Jack Walters – Chris Guiver – Paul Studebaker – Dennis Studebaker and Bob Morelli

In the early 1960’s the group played instrumentals and were called “The Black Knights”.  Guiver and Dennis Studebaker along with Jack Walters would later become “The Kensington Forest” – In 1968 Chris Guiver formed “Gypsum Heaps”.

45 – Solo 1 – They Prefer Blondes b/w Take A Ride With Me – 1965

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45 – Solo 2 – Never Said I Loved You b/w So Hard to Bear – 1965

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The Baytovens

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Group Members: Carl Depolo – Dwight Pitcaithley – Jon Gree – n Rich Green

An East Bay Band – Appeared with Paul Revere & The Raiders at the Oakland Auditorium in 1966.

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45 – Belfast – Waiting For You b/w Such a Fool – 1967

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The Beachnuts

The Beau Brummels

Original Members: Sal Valentino – Ron Elliott – Ron Meagher – Jon Peterson (went to Harper’s Bizarre)

45 – Autumn 8 – Laugh, Laugh b/w Still In Love With You Baby (1965) #15 Hot 100

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45 – Autumn 10 – Just A Little b/w They’ll Make You Cry (1965) – #8 Hot 100

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45 – Autumn 16 – You Tell Me Why b/w I Want You (1965) – #38 Hot 100

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45 – Autumn 20 – Don’t Talk To Strangers b/w In Good Time (1965) – #52 Hot 100

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45 – Autumn 24 – Good Time Music b/w Sad Little Girl (1965) #97 Hot 100

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45 – Warner Bros. 5813 – One Too Many Mornings b/w She Reigns (1966) – #95 Hot 100

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45 – Warner Bros. 5848 – Here We Are Again b/w Fine With Me (1966)

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45 – Warner Bros. 7014 – Two Days ‘Til Tomorrow b/w Don’t Make Promises (1967)

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45 – Warner Bros. 7079 – Lower Level b/w Magic Hollow (1967)

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45 – Warner Bros. 7204 – Lift Me b/w Are You Happy? (1968)

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45 – Warner Bros. 7218 – Long Walking Down to Misery b/w I’m A Sleeper (1968)

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45 – Warner Bros. 7260 – Cherokee Girl b/w Deep Water (1969)

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LP – Autumn 103 – Introducing The Beau Brummels” – #23 Hop LP Charts 1965

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LP – Autumn LP-104 – The Beau Brummels Vol. II – 1966

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LP – Warner Bros. WS 1644 – Beau Brummels 66 – 1966

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LP – Warner Bros. W 1692 – Triangle – #197 – Hot LP Charts 1967

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LP – Vault SLP-114 – The Best of The Beau Brummels – 1967

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LP – Vault SLP-121 – Beau Brummels – Vol. 44 – 1968

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LP – Warner Bros. WS 1769 – Bradley’s Barn – 1968

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The Beachnuts

Benedict Arnold & The Patriots

The Berkeley String Quartet

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Group Members: Bill Steele – Carl Shrager – Joe McDonald and Bob Cooper

McDonald and Shrager came from the Instant Action Jug Band (see below) – Everyone but Cooper would form the first assemblage of Country Joe and the Fish

The Bethlehem Exit

45 – Jabberwork 110 – Walk Me Out b/w Blues Concerning My Girl (1966)

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Big Red & The Rebels

Group Members: Mike Rose – Bruce Kane – Pat Beegles – Mickey Myers – Gary Wilcoxsen

Big Brother & The Holding Company

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Original Group Members:  Sam Andrew – James Gurley – Peter Albin – Dave Ekerson and Chuck Jones (Janis Joplin would be brought up from Port Arthur, Texas by early band manager Chet Helms to round out the line-up in June of 1966).

Peter Albin had formerly been with “Peter & The Wolves” followed by “Blue Hill Yard”.

45 – Mainstream 657 – All Is Loneliness b/w Blindman (1966) – #110 Bubbling Under Charts

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45 – Mainstream 662 – Down On Me b/w Call on Me (1967) #43 Hot 100 in 1968

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45 – Mainstream 666 – Bye, Bye Baby b/w Intruder (1967) #118 Bubbling Under Charts

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45 – Mainstream 675 – Women Is Losers b/w Light Is Faster Than Sound (1967)

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45 – Mainstream 678 – Coo Coo b/w The Last Time (1968) #84 Hot 100

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At this point – Big Brother switched labels paying 250,000 dollars to break their contract with Mainstream

45 – Columbia 4-44626 – Piece Of My Heart b/w Turtle Blues (1968) #12 Hot 100

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LP – Mainstream S/6099 – Big Brother & The Holding Company – Hot LP Charts #60 – 1967

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LP – Columbia KCS 9700 – Cheap Thrills – #1 for 8 Weeks Hot LP Charts 1968

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Big Brother appears at the Avalon Ballroom with Quicksilver Messenger Service

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The Birth

San Francisco Area Band appearing in 1969

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Big Red & The Rebels

The Bitter End

Group Members: Dale Hanson – Marc Hickey – Gary Creller – Mike Hatton

Black Pearl

Original Group Members: Bernie “B.B” Fieldings – Bruce Benson – Oak O’Connor – Geoffrey Morris – Tom Mulcahy – and Jerry Causi – Morris and Causi had both previously been with the band The Barbarians.  They came from Boston to Boulder, Colorado – finally settling in San Francisco.

45 – Atlantic 45-2657 – Mr. Soul Satisfaction b/w White Devil (1969)

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LP – Atlantic SD 8220 – Black Pearl – #130 Hot LP Charts 1969

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Black Pearl appears at the Avalon Ballroom with Quicksilver Messenger Service

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Blackburn & Snow

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Members: Jeff Blackburn and Sherry Snow

Sherry Snow later went on to join “Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks” – Blackburn joined the “Grateful Dead” in the 1970’s and then formed “The Jeff Blackburn Band” which evolved into “The Ducks”

45 – Verve VK-10478 – Stranger in a Strange Land b/w Uptown-Downtown (1967)

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45 – Verve VK 10563 – Postwar Baby b/w Time (1967)

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Blue Cheer

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Original Group Members: Dickie Peterson – Leigh Stephens – and Eric Albronda

Peterson played with San Fran band “The Oxford Circle”

45 – Philips 40516 – Summertime Blues b/w Out of Focus (1968) #14 Hot 100

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45 – Philips 40541 – Just a Little Bit b/w Gypsy Ball (1968) #92 Hot 100

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45 – Philips 40561 – Feathers From Your Tree b/w Sun Cycle (1968)

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45 – Philips 40602 – West Coast Child of Sunshine b/w When It All Gets Old (1969)

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45 – Philips 40651 – All Night Long b/w Fortunes (1969)

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LP – Philips PHM 200-264 – Vincebus Eruptum – #11 Hot LP Charts 1968

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LP – Philips PHS 600-278 – Outsideinside – #90 Hot LP Charts 1968

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LP – Philips PHS 600-305 – New! Improved! Blue Cheer – #84 Hot LP Charts 1969

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Blue Cheer headlines at the Fillmore Auditorium with Captain Beefheart

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The Blue Feelings

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Original Group Members: Nicky Salvin – Warren Phillips – Dan Smith – Stan Muther – Richard Astle

This group formed in the Spring of 1966 – They resided right in the “Haight” neighborhood as did many of the bands of the day.

(See the “The Vipers” listing for more information on several of these band members)

Blue Light District

Group Members: Chris Saunders – Kirk Sutterlund – Rober Buckner – John Maurer – Mike Frisbie 

The Blues Headband

Bogus Thunder

Boogie

Original Group Members: Barry Bastian – John Barrett and John Oxendine

Barrett and Oxendine would join “The Dukes of Rhythm”

The Book of Changes

45 – Tower 337 – I Stole the Goodyear Blimp b/w Suddenly I’m Desperately In Love (1967)
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The Boomerangs

Group Members: Dave Burns – Alan Zuniga – Ed Kraus – Don Rodriguez – Mark Rodriguez

Boy Blues

Group Members: Mark Cipolla – Jim Conley – Randy Reaves – Rick Wagner – Bob Brien – John Palmer – Jeff Gadbois

This band had several ties to the Bay area although they came out of Chico, California.  They started off as “The Disciples” before changing their name. Palmer was formerly with a Bay area band called “The Plague”.

Palmer and Gadbois departed to join “Lincoln’s Promise” – Next John Palmer would form “The Savage Resurrection”.  Cipolla would eventually start a new Bay Area band called “Colours” – not the same group as the Los Angeles group who former Beach Boy David Marks played with for a short time.

45 – Frantic CR-2131 – Coming Down To You b/w Living Child – 1967

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The Boys

Group Members: Gary Mertz – Randy Hammon – Rick Sweet – Gary Davis – Ephraim Jo

The Bristol Boxkite

Original Group Members: Bill Inadomi – Dennis Hutchinson – Jerry Dohrmann – Fred Allen

The group formed in 1965 in the Castro Valley picking new members and replacements: Bill Ellis – Sandy White – Fred Allen.  They broke up in 1968.  The band took their name from an early British bi-plane manufactured by the “Bristol Aeroplane Company”.

45 – World Pacific 77886 – If You Love Me b/w Colors of Love – 1968

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The Brogues

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Original Group Members: Eddie Rodrigues – Rick Campbell – Greg Elmore and Gary Duncan

A very early San Fran group – Duncan and Elmore hooked up with “The Quick Silver Messenger Service” in mid 1965 – Duncan came from a group called “The Blue Notes” out of Merced, California.  He also joined a San Fran group in 1969 called “The Outlaws” before returning to Quicksilver where he rode along into the sunset.

45 – Chancellor 59316 – Don’t Shoot Me Down b/w I Ain’t No Miracle Worker (1965)

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45 – Twilight 408 – Someday b/w But Now I Find (1966)

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The Broken Glass

Group Members: Robert Jans – John Wilson – Rodrick Lee – Jim Mcmann 

The Bronze Hog

Group performed at the Inn of the Beginning in Cotati in 1969.

Brother Buzz

The Can-Teens

The Canadian Fuzz

Canyon

Group performed at the Inn of the Beginning in Cotati, California in 1969

Barry Carlos & The Night-Caps

Group Members: Barry Carlos – Bob Ruggiero – Bob Fox – Loren Majors – Marv Hoag – Jerry Anderson – Doug Lee

This group later became “Peter Wheat & The Breadmen”

45 – Amber AR-3537 – Are You Running Away b/w Don’t-You-Know” (1965)

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The Carnaby Five

Group Members: Dave Diaz – Leonard Silva – Walter Dutchtower – Dave Dietle – Rober Seaverlead – Lenny Presitalead

The Carousels

45 – Autumn 13 – Beneath The Willow b/w Sail Away (1965)

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Carpenter Hall – San Fran Venue

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The Casualiars

Group Members: Donald Height & Joe Webb

45 – Autumn 21 – This Is A Mean World b/w Just For You (1965)

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Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys

Group Members: Roy Michaels – Bob Smith – William Chin – Larry Packer – Michael Equine

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Michaels was previously with “The Au Go Go Singers”

45 – Polydor PD 14200 – Good Old Rock N Roll b/w Bad News (1969) #22 Hot 100 Charts

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45 – Polydor PD 2-14007 – Can You Dance To It? b/w Marie – #115 Bubbling Under Charts

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San Francisco Area Band appearing at the Northern California Folk/Rock Festival 1969

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The Cave Dwellers

Group Members: D. Gibson – T. Fernandez – B. Eaves – J. Eaves

45 – Bay Town BT0003/4 – Meditation b/w Night Runner

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The Charlatans

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Here is the entire Charlatan Story at “Collector’s Weekly

Original Group Members: George Hunter – Richard Olsen – Mike Wilhelm – Mike Ferguson and Sam Linde – Linde would depart right away to be replace by Dan Hicks.

45 – Kapp K-799 – The Shadow Knows b/w 32-20 (1966)

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45 – Philips 40610 – High Coin b/w When I Go Sailin’ By (1969)

LP – Philips PHS 600-309 – The Charlatans

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The Charlatans headline the Avalon Ballroom with Sparrow and Canned Heat

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The Cheaters

Group Members: Richard Treece – Dan Healy – Joe Johnson – Scott Stevens – Johnny Draper

The Cheese and Crackers

The Chessmen

Group Members: Rick Zuniga – Wayne Scott – Stan Morris – Rich Lachopelle – Bob Bird – Rich Briggs – Brian Scott

The Chimes of Freedom

The Chimney Sweeps

The Chocolate Watch Band

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Original Group Members: Ned Troney, Mark Loomis (both formerly with The Chaparrals) – Rick Young – Pete Curry – Jo Kemling and Danny Phay  – (Torney and Phay later joined San Fran band “The Other Side”

45 – Uptown 740 – Sweet Young Thing b/w Baby Blue (1967)

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45 – Uptown 749 – Misty Lane b/w She Weaves a Tender Trap (1967)

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45 – Tower 373 – Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love In) b/w No Way Out

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LP – Tower ST-5096 – No Way Out 1967

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LP – Tower T-5106 – The Inner Mystique – 1968

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LP – Tower ST 5153 – Chocolate Watch Band – 1969

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The Chocolate Watch Band is the supporting act for England’s “Mindbenders” at the Fillmore Auditorium

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The Chrystal Morgue

Jimmy Cicero & the Crusaders

An East Bay area band

The Citizens Band

The City Council

The City Limit

The Clefinger Byword

The Cleveland Wrecking Company

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The Chosen Few

Group Members: Ed Straehle – Larry Hendricks – Rich Henriques – Ralph Medina – Jim Gleason

45 – Autumn 17 – I Think It’s Time b/w Nobody But Me (1965)

San Francisco label with Sylvester Stewart (Sly Stone) producing for the label. This group came into San Francisco for a time out of Stockton, California.

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The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band

Group Members: Dan Paik – Carlin Arriola – Annie Johnston – Phil Marsh – Richard Saunders – Will Scarlett

This band evolved from Berkeley’s “Instant Action Jug Band”

LP – Vanguard VSD-79285 – Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Bands Latest Hits – 1968

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Clover

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Original Group Members: John Ciambotti – Mitch Howie – Alex Call and John McFee

The group evolved from the “Tin Hearing Aid Company” out of Mill Valley in 1967.  McFee would land in the “Doobie Brothers in 1979.  They recorded many LP’s and singles after 1969 and went to the U.K. for part of their career.

Cold Blood

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Original Group Members: Larry Field – Lydia Pense – Danny Hull – Larry Jonutz – Pat O’Hara – Raul Matute – Jerry Jonutz – David Padron – Rod Elliott and Frank Davis 

Click on Image Above to Visit Cold Blood Web Site

45 – San Francisco SF-60 – You Got Me Humin’ b/w If You Will (1969) – #52 Hot 100

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45 EP – Atlantic EP-33091 – Cold Blood (1969)

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LP – San Francisco SD 200 – Cold Blood #23 Hot LP Charts 1969

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The Collection

Group Members: Pat Serna – Virginia Garcia – Rudy Kayabeyab – Mark Hayden – Jim Morgan – John Foss

An East Bay area band

Colours

Group Members: Bob Brien – Pat Varvel – Chuck Edwards – Mark Cipolla

Cipolla was formerly with “The Boy Blues” – This band moved into the Bay Area in 1967.

The Complex

Concord Coliseum – Bay Area Venue

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The Condors

The Congress of Wonders

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Group Members: Tom Glass – Bob Seidemann – Fred Roth – Herb Greene – Erik Weber – Robert Fried – Dennis Nolan – Jack Hatfield and Adolph Weinman

Sort of a Firesign Theater type act

San Francisco Area Band Congress of Wonders appearing at the Avalon Ballroom 1967 supporting the headliner Steve Miller Band – Lee Michaels also on the bill

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The Contemporary Sound

The Count Five

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Original Group Members: Joun Michalski – Roy Chaney (both formerly with The Citations and then The Squires) – John Byrne – Kenn Ellner – Craig Atkinson

45 – Double Shot 104 – Psychotic Reaction b/w They’re Gonna Get You (1966) – #5 Hot 100

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45 – Double Shot 106 – Peace of Mind b/w The Morning After (1966) #125 Bubbling Under Charts

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45 – Double Shot 110 – You Must Believe Me b/w Teeny Bopper, Teeny Bopper (1967)

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45 – Double Shot 115 – Merry-Go-Round b/w Contrast (1967)

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45 – Double Shot 125 – Revelation in Slow Motion b/w Declaration of Independence (1968)

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45 – Double Shot 141 – Mailman b/w Pretty Big Mouth (1969)

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LP – Double Shot LP-DSM-1001 – Psychotic Reaction – #122 Hot LP Charts 1966

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Country Joe & The Fish

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Original Group Members: Formed in September of 1965 – original members were Joe McDonald – Barry Melton, Carvel Bass (part time member) – Mike Beardslee – Carl Shrager and Bill Steele

McDonald and Melton started off in the Bay Area as “The Instant Action Jug Band” before forming the Fish in December of 1965.  The group were one of the more “political” ensembles out of the San Fran Era.

Shrager would join “The Mightiest Heroes of Our Time” in the Spring of 1966

(Visit the “Jabberwock Jug and Skiffle Band” web page for a family tree)

33 1/3-EP – Rag Baby L 1001 – Country Joe & The Fish (1965)

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33 1/3 EP – Rag Baby (no number) – Country Joe & The Fish (1966)

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45 – Vanguard 35052 – Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine b/w The Masked Marauder (1967) – #95 Hot 100

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45 – Vanguard VRS-35059 – Janis b/w Janis (1967) – # 132 – Combined Additional National Charts

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45 – Vanguard VRS-35061 – Who Am I b/w Thursday (1968) – #114 Bubbling Under Charts

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45 – Vanguard VSD-35068 – Rock and Soul Music, Part 1 b/w Rock and Soul Music, Part 2 (1968)

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Hip Pocket Record – HP-35 45 RPM – Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine b/w Masked Marauder (1968)

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45 – Vanguard VRS-35090 – Here I Go Again b/w Baby, You’re Driving Me Crazy (1969) – #106 Bubbling Under Charts

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LP – Vanguard VSD-79244 – Electric Music For the Mind and Body – #39 Hot LP Charts 1967

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LP – Vanguard VRS 9266 – I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die – #67 Hot 100 LP Charts

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LP – Vanguard VDS 79277 – Together – #23 – 1968

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LP – Vanguard VSD 79299 – Here We Are Again – #48 Hot LP Charts – 1969

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Country Joe and The Fish team up with The Charlatans and Dan Hicks at the Avalon Ballroom

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LP – Vanguard

Country Weather

Original Group Members: Dave Carter – Denny Rogan – Steve Derr – Paul White – and Craig T. Nelson

Started off as The Virtues before changing their name in 1967.  They did not release any commercial recordings during the 1960’s, beyond a very rare 1969 5-song EP demo.  The recording below was released in 2005.

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Country Weather appears at the Avalon Ballroom

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The Creatures

Curly Cook’s Hurdy Gurdy Band

Group performed at “The Straight Theater” in Bay area in 1968 – Curly Cooke was a member of “The Steve Miller Band – Curly later formed “The Watermelon Band” in the early 1970’s.

Curly Cook’s Hurdy Gurdy Band at Legion Hall

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The Crystal Blue Impalas

Group Members: Larry Cruz – Nash Montoya – Carol Medeiros – Rick Medeiros

The Crystal Garden

Group Members: Dave Roserhythm – Leonard Silva – Dave Deluccalead – Tim Mulgrew – Rober Seaverlead – Walt Dutchover – Steve Ferreira – Eric Swansick – Dave Dietle

An East Bay area band.

45 – Bay Town BT011/12 – Flash b/w Peach Fuzz Forest (1969)

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The Crystal Sunshine Band

Group Members: Grant Craux – Phil Kennemore – Ken Silva – Art Phinney – Don Penaso

The Crystal Syphon

San Francisco Area Band The Crystal Sypon appearing at the Avalon Ballroom 1968

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Custer and the Survivers

45 – Golden State GSR-657 – I Saw Her Walking b/w Flapjacks – 1965

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The Daily Flash

Original Group Members: Steve Lalor – Doug Hasting – Don MacAllister and Jon Keliehor

Hastings went on to join The Buffalo Springfield when Neil Young departed

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45 – Parrot PAR 308 – Queen Jane Approximately b/w Jack of Diamonds (1966)

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45 – Uni 55001 – The French Girl b/w Green Rocky Road (1967)

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The Daily Flash headline the Avalon Ballroom with Country Joe and The Fish supporting

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The Danes

An East Bay band from mid 1960’s

The Dartells

The Day Trippers

Group Members: Steve Soto – Mike Benevidez – Rudy Maxion – John Maxion – Karl Kakinger

An East Bay area band who performed at Rollerena

Dead on Arrival

The Dearly Beloved

The Delta Wires

Destiny’s Children

Group Members: Art Flores – Bob Kalani – Mike Salas – Peter Carbanaro – Jolie Mcneil

The Differential Concepts

The Dirty Blues Band

Group members: Dave Miter – Glenn Ross Campbell, Gregg Anderson – John Milliken – Les Morrison – Pat Maloney – Rick Lunetta – Robert Sandell – Rod Piazza

45 – Bluesway 45-6106 – Hound Dog b/w New Orleans Woman (1968)

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LP – Blues Way BLS 6010 – Dirty Blues Band – 1967

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San Francisco Area Band The Dirty Blues Band appearing at the Northern California Folk-Rock Festival 1968

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The Disciples

The Dixies

The Dixies were from the U.K. but came to San Francisco where they signed with the local Autumn label.

45 – Autumn 12 – He’s Got You b/w Geisha Girl (1965)

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Don’t Ask

The Donnybrookes

Group Members: Terry Gifford – John Tipton – Jim Ladd – Ric Eittreim – Larry Pindar – Pat Sheridan

45 – Golden State GSR-45-606 – Time Will Tell b/w You’re Gonna Cry – 1966

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The Downstairs Court House

The Druids

45 – MNO 101 – Cool, Calm and Collected b/w Sorry’s Not Enough (1966)

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The Dual Beats

The Ducanes

The Duquaans

The Dutchmen

San Francisco Area Band The Dutchmen appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium 1966

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The Dynamics

The E-Types

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Original Group Members: Bob Wence – Don Sheppard – Reggie Shaffer – Danny Monigold – and Jody Wence

45 – Link E-1 – I Can’t Do It b/w Long Before (1966)

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The Early Morning

Eggs Over Easy

Original Members: Jack O’Hara and Austin Delone

This duo started up in late 1969.  O’Hara was formerly with “Sky Blue” which formed in late 1967.

The Eighth Hour

Group Members: Mike Riley – David Methvin – Jim Camphel

The Electric Flag

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Original Group Members: Mike Bloomfield – Barry Goldberg – Buddy Miles – Nick Gravenites – Harvey Brooks

Bloomfield was formerly with the Butterfield Blues Band – Buddy Miles went on to form The Express

45 – Columbia 4-44307 – Groovin’ Is Easy b/w Over-Lovin’ You (1967)

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45 – Sidewalk 929 – Peter’s Trip b/w Green and Gold (1967)

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45 – Columbia 4-44765 – Sunny b/w Soul Searchin’ (1969)

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LP – Sidewalk T-5908 – Original Soundtrack The Trip 1967

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LP – Columbia CS 9597 – A Long Time Comin’ – #31 Hot LP Charts – 1968

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LP – Columbia CS 9714 – The Electric Flag – #76 Hot LP Charts – 1968

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The Electric Grapes

The Electric Train

San Francisco Area Band The Electric Train appearing at the Avalon Ballroom 1966

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The Electrical Vision

Group Members: Jim Lyon – Robert Hollingsworth – Rick Sanders – Dannue Guevara

The Emerald Tablet

This band – according to the Rock Archaeology” Blog Site, performed often in the San Fran area but little is known of the group.  Click on the link to read the full account.

The Emeralds

Group Members: George Carvalho – Don Nichols – Dennis Perez – Gil Luna

The Emeralds were from the East Bay Area – They appeared at Rollerena on December 31st, 1965.

Butch Engle & The Showmen

45 – MEA 4505 – You Know All I Want b/w Tell Me Please (1964)

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Butch Engle & The Styx (See “The Styx”)

The English Shillings

East Bay Band – Appeared at the Oakland Auditorium April, 1966 with Paul Revere and Raiders.

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The Epics

Group Members: Mike Mau – Lee King – Bobby Winkelman – Jimmy Fulton – Ed Flickenger – Nino Rugirello – Ric Moxley

45 – Love – Homesick b/w Humpty Dumpty – 1967

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The Esquires

The Essex Sounds

The Exciles

The Euphonius Wail

Group Members – Bart Libby – Gary Violetti – Suzanne Rey

Group performed at the Inn of the Beginning in Cotati in 1969.

The Family Album

The Family Tree

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Group Members:  Bill Whittington – Bob Segarini – Jimmy DeCocq – Lee Michaels – Mike Durè – Vann Slatter – William Trochim

Members of this band were formerly with “The Brogues” from the Bay Area.

45 – Mira 228 – Live Your Own Life b/w Prince of Dreams (1966)

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45 – RCA Victor 47-9184 – Keepin’ A Secret b/w Do You Have The Time(1967)

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45 – RCA Victor 47-9565 – Slippin’ Through My Fingers b/w Miss Butters (1968)

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45 – RCA Victor 47-9671 – She Had to Fly b/w He Spins Around (1968)

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San Francisco Area Band The Family Tree appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium 1966

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The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fifth Street Overpass

Group Members: Jay Thosen – John Granados – Dave Granados – Tony Riley – John Hooper

The Fifth Republic

Group Members: Greg Billeb – Kenny Ybarolla – Garry Mallsberry – David Ewig – Garry Nicholson

The Fifth Street Overpass

The Fifty Foot Hose

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Original Group Members: Louis Marcheschi – David Blossom – Nancy Blossom – Kim Kimsey and Larry Evans

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LP – Limelight LS-86062 – Cauldron – 1968

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The Avalon Ballroom features The Fifty Foot Hose

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The Fighters

The Final Solution

San Francisco Area Band The Final Solution appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium 1965 with Quicksilver Messenger Service

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Five Alivee

The Flamin’ Groovies

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Original Group Members: Cyril Jordan – George Alexander – Tim Lynch – Danny Mihm and Rod Loney

45 – Epic 5-10507 – Rocking Pneumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu b/w The First One’s Free (1969)

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45 – Epic 5-10564 – Somethin’ Else b/w Laurie Did It (1969)

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LP – Snazz R 2371 – Sneakers – 1968

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LP – Epic BN 26487 – Supersnazz – 1969

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The Flamin’ Groovies headline The Fillmore Auditorium – Steppenwolf supporting

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Flight

Foregone Conclusion

Group Members: Remi Lemay – Dale Willslead – Bert Dohrmann – Bob Quillenlead

The Fortes

Group Members: Ray Figuero – David Jones – Lathen Johnson – Ken Trujillo – John Shuff – Steve Day

The Forum

The Fourth Dimension

Freedom Highway

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Group Members: Scott Inglis – Brucer Brymer – Richi Harris

 This band started in 1965 according to “Mairin Nostalgia” web site.

Scott Inglis on Bass, Richi Ray Harris on Guitar, and Bruce Brymer on Drums

San Francisco Area Band Freedom Highway appearing at the Avalon Ballroom 1967

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The Front Line

Group Members: Bill Bowen – Gary Philippet – Jim Brewer – Jim Lanigan – Rex Larson

Gary Philippet was also with later with the 1970s’ bands”Earthquake” and then “Copperhead”

45 – York 45-9000 – I Don’t Care b/w Got Love (1965)

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The Front Office

45 – Mijji M3007 – Girl b/w Wow (1967)

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45 – Mijji M-3004 – One Too Many Mornings b/w Chicago Blues (1967)

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The Front Page News

Frumious Bandersnatch

Original Group Members: Bobby Winkelman, Jack King, David Denny, Ross Valory (all four later joined The Steve Miller Band) – and George Tickner  (Tickner and Valory would later from the 1970’s group Journey)

45 EP – Muggles Gramophone Works (1968) – Hearts to Cry/Misty Cloudy b/w Cheshire (1968)

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San Francisco Area Band Frumious Banderswitch appearing at the Avalon Ballroom 1968

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The Fugitives

The Garbage Man

The Garden of Delights

San Francisco Area Band The Garden of Delights appearing at the Avalon Ballroom 1968

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The Gates of Eden

Group Members:  Barry Tabel – Frank Goulart – Gary Howe – John Xepoleas – Terry Martin – Daryl Verdusco – Rick Bramwell – Gary Lamb – Mike McCall – Fred Schlieper – Joyce Young – John Willson – Janine Vallerio

45 – Baytown – (My Momma Was A) Bottom Land Lilly b/w Long Gone Baby – 1970

The Gentlemen’s Band

San Francisco Area Band The Gentlemen’s Band appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium 1965

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The Gents

Gin House Blues Band

Group Members: Mike Lunardi – Ron White – Charlie Marquez – Toby Romero

The Gold Light Pentagon

The Gotham City Crime Fighters

Group Members: Emilio Castillo – Rocco Hughton – Jack Castillo – Jody Lopez – Dave Getner

An East San Francisco Bay Area band – Members later were in the band “Tower of Power”.

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45 – Bat Wing – Who Stole the Bat Mobile b/w That’s Life – 1966

The Grateful Dead

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Original Group Members: Jerry Garcia – Bob Weir – Ron “Pigpen” McKernan – Phil Lesh – Bill Kreutzmann

Garcia – Weir and McKernan were in a group called “Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Band Champions” followed by “The Warlocks”

Garcia started off in a group called “The Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers” (1962) – Later (1975) he would form “The Gerry Garcia Band” and a bluegrass band “Old and In the Way”.  Two more Garcia projects in the 70’s were “The Legion of Mary” and “The New Riders of the Purple Sage”.

Bob Weir later performed in a 90’s group called “The Other Half”.  Other endeavors after his Dead day were Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, RatDog and Furthur.

McKernan passed away in 1973.  Lesh formed a 90’s band using his own name and Kreutzmann later played in “Backbone”.

The Dead failed to chart any singles during the Haight-Ashbury heyday in the 1960’s but did chart 10 times in the following decade.  Their LP’s did much better with 42 LP’s hitting the charts after 1969.

45 – Warner Bros. 7016 – The Golden Road b/w Cream Puff War (1967)

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45 – Warner Bros. 7186 – Dark Star b/w Born Cross Eyed (1969)

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45 – Warner Bros. 7324 – Dupree’s Diamond Blues b/w Cosmic Charlie (1969)

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LP – Warner Bros. WS 1689 – The Grateful Dead – 1967

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LP – Warner Bros. WS 1149 – Anthem of the Sun – 1968

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LP – Warner Bros. WS 1790 – Xomomoxoa – 1969

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LP – Warner Bros. 2WS 1930 – Live/Dead – 1969

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Inserts for the double LP:

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The Grateful Dead headline the Avalon Ballroom

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The Great Society

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Original Group Members: Grace Slick – Darby Slick – David Miner – Bard DuPont – Peter Van Gelder and Jerry Slick

Grace Slick departed to take the lead vocals for The Jefferson Airplane

45 – Northbeach 1001 – Someone To Love b/w Free Advice (1966)

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45 – Columbia 4-44583 – Didn’t Think So b/w Sally Go ‘Round the Roses (1968)

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LP – Columbia CS 9624 – Conspicuous Only In Its Absence #166 Hot LP Charts – 1968

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LP – Columbia CS 9702 – How It Was – Great Society Volume 2 – 1968

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The Great Society join The Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore Auditorium

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The Green Pumpkin

San Francisco Area Band The Green Pumpkin  appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium 1966

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Gypsum Heaps

Group Members: Chris Guiver – Rick Quintinel – Rufus Miller

Guiver was with “The Banshees, “Ariel” and Kensignton Forest” – Rufus Miller sang with “Tower of Power”

45 – Onyx 2203 – Would You Love b/w Moving On – 1968

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The Gypsy Wizard Band

San Francisco Area Band The Gypsy Wizard Band appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium 1968

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Johnny Hammond & The Screaming Nighthawks

San Francisco Area Band Johnny Hammond & The Screaming Nighthawks appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium 1967

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The Harbinger Complex

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Group Members: Gary Clarke – James Hockstaff – Jim Redding – Robert Hoyle – Ron Rotarius

45 – Brent 7056 – I Think I’m Down b/w My Dear And Kind Sir (1966)

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45 – Amber – Sometimes I Wonder b/w Tomorrow’s Soul Sound – 1966

San Francisco Area Band The Harbinger Complex appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium 1967

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The Hard Times

45 – MNO 102 – Mr. Rolling Stone b/w Route 66 (1966)

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Harper’s Bizarre

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Original Group Members: Ted Templeman – Dick SCoppettone – Eddie James – Dick Yount and John Petersen

The group was first called “The Tikis” before having their name changed. Then he recorded as “The Templeton Twins”

45 – Warner Bros. 5890 – The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) b/w Lost My Love Today – (1967) #13 Hot 100 Charts

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45 – Warner Bros. 7028 – Come To the Sunshine b/w The Debutante’s Ball (1967) #37 Hot 100 Charts

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45 – Warner Bros. 7063 – Anything Goes b/w Malibu U (1967) – #43 Hot 100 Charts

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45 – Warner Bros. 7090 – Chattanooga Choo Choo b.w Hey, You In the Crowd (1967) – #45 Hot 100 Charts

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45 – Warner Bros. 7172 – Cotton Candy Sandman (Sandman’s Coming) b/w Virginia City (1968) – #130 Combined Music Vendor & Record World Charts

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33 1/3 EP – Warner Bros. S 1739 – The Secret Life of Harpers Bizarre (1968)

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45 – Warner Bros. 7200 – Both Sides Now b/w Small Talk (1968) – #123 Bubbling Under Charts

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45 – Warner Bros. 7223 – Battle of New Orleans b/w Green Apple Tree (1968) #96 Hot 100 Charts

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45 – Warner Bros. PRO 294 – I Love You Alice B. Toklas! (both sides) (1968)

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45 – Warner Bros. 7238 – I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! b/w Look To The Rainbow (1968) – #141 Combined Music Vendor & Record World Charts

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45 – Warner Bros. 9296 – Knock On Wood b/w Witchi Tai To (1969)

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LP – Warner Bros. W 1693 – Feelin’ Groovy – #108 Hot LP Charts – 1967

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LP – Warner Bros. WS 1716 – Anything Goes – #76 Hot LP Charts – 1967

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LP – Warner Bros. WS 1739 – The Secret Life of Harper’s Bizarre – 1968

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LP – Warner Bros. WS 1784 – Harper’s Bizarre 4 – 1969

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The Heavenly Blues Band

San Francisco Area Band The Heavenly Blues Band appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium 1965

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The Hedds

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Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks

Original Group Members: Dan Hicks – David LaFlamme – Sherry Snow – Christine Gancher – Jon Weber and James Leopold

LaFlamme later joined “It’s a Beautiful Day”

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45 – Epic 5-10511 – How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away b/w Canned Music

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LP – Epic BN 26464 – Dan Hicks and His Hot Lucks  – 1969

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Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks join Howlin’ Wolf and Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Avalon Ballroom

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The Hinges of Fate

Group Members: Don Brechtel – Dennis Chandler

Honey Baked Ham

Members: Ron Whitehorse – Phil Marsh and Gary Peterson

Marsh was part of the “Instant Action Jug Band” as well as “Phil and Phil” and “The Masked Marauders” spoof project. Peterson went on to “Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band” in late 1966.

Hot Tuna

 

The IBM’s

Group Members: Kip Courtney – Ed Mcconnel – Dan Eno – Fred Allen – Dan Titus

The Immediate Family

Group Members: Tim Barnes – Mike Mau – Terry Davis – Dave Brown – Kris Kovacs – Mike Hamm

An East Bay area band – Appearing below in 1967 with

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The Incredible Fish

Group Members: Barry Melton – Bruce Barthol – Chicken Hirsh – David Cohen

This was essential the group carrying on temporarily without leader Country Joe for about three months in 1967 – after which time they reunited – “Chicken” Hirsch came from “The Grateful Dead” and also performed with “The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band”

The Indian Head Band

East Bay Band – appearing in September, 1967

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San Francisco Area Band The Indian Head Band appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium 1968

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Indian, Puddin’ and Pipe

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Original Group Members: Pat Craig – Steve Mack – Rex Larsen, Paul Trousdale – Dennis Lannigan – Steve Jackson and Barry Lewis

The group evolved out of the West Coast Natural Gas band (see below)

Initial Shock

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Group Members: George Wallace – William Collins – Steve Garr – Brian Knaff

Rock Archaeology Blog Site reports that members of this band were from “The Chosen Few” and a band called “The Mojo Mark IV”.

45 – B.F.D. CO 2022 – You’ve Been a Long Time Coming b/w I Once Asked (1967)

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45 – B.F.D. CRC-0035 – Mind Disaster b/w “It’s Not Easy” (1968)

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San Francisco Area Band The Initial appearing at the Avon Ballroom 1968

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The Inmates

The Inn Crowd

An East Bay area band

The Instant Action Jug Band

Group Members: Carl Shrager – Barry Melton – Joe McDonald – Toby Lightheiser – Larry Hanks – Richard Saunders – Carvel Bass – Paul Armstrong – Alice Stuart – Jon Lundberg – Phil Marsh – Perry Lederman – Deidre Lundberg – Annie Johnston – Bruce Barthol

This congregation out of the Berkeley community gave rise to Country Joe and The Fish – Visit this web site to enjoy a full family tree for the “Jabberwock” collection of musicians.

Phil Marsh was in “Honey Baked Ham” in 64/65 – then teamed up with Phil Greenberg in “Phil and Phil” and also involved in the curious “Masked Marauders”.

The Invaders

Group Members: Rob Moitoza – Ron Story – Bob Burgan – Bill Nishimura

Story would go to a band called “The Travelers” – Moitoza starts up “The Swingin’ Deacons Blues Band”

It’s A Beautiful Day

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Original Group Members: David LaFlamme – Pattie Santos – Mitchell Holman – and Hal Wagenut

LaFlamme was formerly with Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks

45 – San Francisco S7A-11680 – Bulgaria b/w Aquarium Dream (1968)

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45 – Columbia 4-44928 – White Bird b/w Wasted Union Blues (1969) – #118 Bubbling Under Charts

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LP – Columbia CS 9768 – It’s A Beautiful Day – #47 Hot LP Charts – 1969

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LP – Columbia CS 1058 – Marrying Maiden – #28 Hot LP Charts – charted 1970 released 1969

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It’s a Beautiful Day headline The Fillmore West with Alice Cooper supporting

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Jefferson Airplane

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Original Group Members: Marty Balin – Paul Kantner – Signe Toly Anderson – Jorma Kaukonen – Jerry Peloquin and Bob Harvey

Grace Slick from the Great Society would come in after about one year to replace Signe who departed to have a child.

45 – RCA Victor 47-8769 – It’s No Secret b/w Runnin’ ‘Round This World (1966)

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45 – RCA Victor 47-8848 – Come Up the Years b/w Blues From An Airplane (1966)

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45 – RCA Victor 47-8967 – Bringing Me Down b/w Let Me In (1966)

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45 – RCA Victor 47-9063 –  My Best Friend b/w How Do You Feel (1967) – #103 Bubbling Under Charts

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45 – RCA Victor 47-9140 – Somebody To Love b/w She Has Funny Cars (1967) #5 Hot 100 Charts

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45 – RCA Victor 47-9248 – Plastic Fantastic Lover b/w White Rabbit (1967) – #8 Hot 100 Charts

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45 – RCA Victor 47-9297 – Ballad of You and Me & Pooneil b/w Two Heads (1967) – #42 Hot 100 Charts – #124 Bubbling Under Charts

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45 – RCA Victor 47-9389 – Watch Her Ride b/w Martha (1967) – #61 Hot 100 Charts

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45 – RCA Victor 47-0796 – Somebody to Love b/w White Rabbit (1968)

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45 – RCA Victor 47-9496 – Greasy Hearts b/w Share A Little Joke (1968) – #98 Hot 100 Charts

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45 – RCA Victor 47-9644 – Crown of Creation b/w Lather (1968) – #64 Hot 100 Charts

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45 – RCA Victor 74-0150 – Plastic Fantastic Lover b/w Other Side of This Life (1969) – #133 Bubbling Under Charts

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45 – RCA Victor 74-0245 – Volunteers b/w We Can Be Together (1969) – #65 Hot 100 Charts

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LP – LSP 3584 – Jefferson Airplane Takes Off – #128 Hot LP Charts 1966

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LP – RCA Victor LSP 3766 – Surrealistic Pillow – #3 Hot LP Charts – 1967

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LP – RCA Victor LOP 1511 – After Bathing at Baxter’s – #17 Hot LP Charts 1967

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LP – RCA Victor LSP 4058 – Crown of Creation – #6 – 1968

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LP – RCA Victor LSP 4133 – Bless Its Pointed Little Head – #17 Hot LP Charts – 1969

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LP Inserts

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LP – RCA Victor LSP 4238 – Volunteers – #13 Hot LP Charts – 1969

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LP Insert

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The Jefferson Airplane would chart 21 additional times into the 1980’s (and as the Starship)

The Jefferson Airplane join the Grateful Dead at The Fillmore Auditorium

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The Joint Chiefs of Staff

Group Member:  Ed Cleaveland – Tom Stoker – Tom Matthes – Dave Harden

JP & the Prowlers

Group Members: Zak Hanson – John Phillips

Janis Joplin & Her Kozmic Blues Band

Original Group Members:  Janis Joplin – Snooky Flowers – Terry Clements – Brad Campbell – Bill King – Marcus Doubleday – Roy Markowitz and Sam Andrew

Janis got her wish with this assemblage of musicians adding horns – only one fellow Big Brother came with her into Kozmic Blues – Sam Andrew.  He remained for a time – finally being dismissed by Janis even though they were very close friends – He would then return to the Big Brother line-up.  Later on starting in the Spring of 1970 Janis would for the Full Tilt Boogie Band and bring only Brad Campbell on bass with her from the original Kozmic Blues personnel.

45 – Columbia 4-444503 – Kozmic Blues b/w Little Girl Blue (1969)

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LP – Columbia KCS 9913 – I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! – #5 Hot LP Charts – 1969
(Band did not immediately have the name “Kozmic Blues Band” – They performed for a time without a formal name)

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The Judges

The Just VI

Original Group Members: Tony Rhodes – Mike Cantrell – Ken Houston – Don Cantrell Jr. –  Dennis Brock – Sal Saccardo

Later member Terry Rissman of “Peter Wheat & the Breadmen” would come in as a new drummer.

45 – Wax W-211 – You b/w Bo-Said – 1965

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