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The West Coast Pop Experimental Band

Here is Bob Yeazel’s fine account of local involvement in the West Coast Pop Experimental Band – The band’s Reprise Record releases correspond primarily with the original group’s line-up and are not illustrated here for that reason. Here’s another account of the band.

Original Group Members:

Shaun Harris (The Laughing Wind, The Snow Men. California Spectrum, Rogues, Brigadune) – born in Colorado Springs
Danny Harris (The Laughing Wind, The Snow Men. California Spectrum, Rogues, Brigadune) – born in Colorado Springs
Michael Lloyd (The Rogues, The Laughing Wind)
John Ware – drums Bob Markley – light show – composer

Later Members with Local Connections:

Bob Yeazel – guitar (The Beast, Superband, Sugarloaf)
Roger Bryant – bass (Superband)
Jimmy Greenspoon (Superband, Three Dog Night)
Ron “Mickey” Morgan – guitar (The Wild Ones – Superband – The Electric Prunes – Three Dog Night) deceased

From the Wayne 21 Blog site by Leather Souls drummer Wayne Jones (2012):

“When Ron Morgan was in California he was a member of Moby Grape, and a couple of other bands.  He also did the studio work for Three Dog Night with Jimmy Greenspoon the red headed organ player. Jimmy and Ron also did the studio work for an attorney named Bob Markley that called his album The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Ron had come back to Denver broke and when I saw him he asked if I could use him in The Leather Souls.  I helped him out.  We did not make any more money with him in the band and we all had to divide our payments five ways instead of four which was okay. Ron asked if the band wanted to tour as the Wet Coast Pop Art Band.  Bob Markely had called and was looking for a group to learn the album and do the Teenage Fair Tour. I talked to Bob Markley several times about taking the name and touring as the West coast Pop Art Band and I asked him to provide me a contract, which I wanted from anyone we worked for.  I wanted a contract from him regarding payment for the show schedules, payment for practice to learn the album, travel expenses and all the essentials that you want included as a band and he never wanted to do that.  I guess it was to business like and he was a attorney.  He wanted to be a musician and run up and down the aisles rattling a tambourine.  That’s all he could do. He couldn’t sing and he couldn’t play and instrument he was like a male groupie.

…..They came home broke and without any equipment. Bob Yaezel hitch hiked back to Denver with his guitar, no money and no place to stay. He told me the story about the long hours and the hardship they endured travelling around the country playing as the West Coast Pop Art Band. It wasn’t what he signed on for.  He said it was like slave labor. He told me he was left homeless in Los Angeles and was selling newspapers on Sunset Blvd for 25 cents a paper just to eat.  When he came back to Denver his parents would not let him move back in with them. I let him stay in a room at a Hotel I was involved with at that time.  He never paid a nickel.  Ron Morgan and Jimmy Greenspoon came back to Denver a short time after Yaezel did.

When Ron and Jimmy Greenspoon came back to Denver they wanted to start another group.  At the time I owned a Bar and restaurant and was involved with  the Hotel in Downtown Denver around the corner from the Exodus.  They formed a band called the Superband.  Roger Bryant, Bob Yaezel, Ron Morgan, Jimmy Greenspoon and Myron Pollack the drummer that used to hang around JB’s at the Sunday jam sessions.”

45 – Fifo 660 – I Won’t Hurt You b/w Sassafras – 1966

FIFO 660 - WEST COAST POP - 1966 B FIFO 660 - WEST COAST POP - 1966 A

45 – Reprise 552 – 1906 b/w Shifting Sands – 1967

REPRISE 552 - WCPOP 1967 A REPRISE 552 - WCPOP 1967 B

45 – Reprise 582 – Help, I’m A Rock b/w Transparent Day – 1967

REPRISE 582 - WEST COAST POP - 67 A REPRISE 582 - WEST COAST POP - 67 B

REPRISE 582 - WEST COAST POP - 67 C REPRISE 582 - WEST COAST POP - 67 D

45 – Reprise PRO 270 – Suppose They Gave A War And No One Comes b/w Queen Nymphet – 1967

REPRISE 270 - WEST COAST POP 67 A REPRISE 270 - WEST COAST POP 67 B

45 – Reprise 776 – Smell of Incense b/w Unfree Child – 1968

REPRISE 776 - WCPOP - A - 1968 A REPRISE 776 - WCPOP - A - 1968 B

45 – Amos 119 – Free as a Bird b/w Where’s My Daddy – 1969

WEST COAST POP EB COLO B WEST COAST POP EB COLO A

45 EP – Reprise RVEP 60 104 – France – West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – 1967

45 – Reprise RV 20183 France – Smell of Incense b/w Unfree Child – 1968

LP – Reprise 6247 – Part 1 – 1967

West Coast Pop Experimental - Reprise - Part One

WEST COAST POP EXPERIMENTAL - REPRISE 6247 R WEST COAST POP EXPERIMENTAL - REPRISE 6247 R_0001

WEST COAST POP DJ LP AWEST COAST POP DJ LP B

LP – Reprise 6270 – Volume II – 1967

WEST COAST POP - REPRISE 6270 - RA WEST COAST POP - REPRISE 6270 - RBA (1)

LP – Reprise 6298 – A Child’s Guide to Good & Evil –

WEST COAST POP - REPRISE 6298 - RBA (2)

WEST COAST POP - REPRISE 6298 - RA WEST COAST POP - REPRISE 6298 - RBA (1)

LP – Amos AAS 7004 – Where’s My Daddy? – 1969

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