Leigh Stephens of Blue Cheer, Silver
Mitre and Pilot
has emerged. Yep! Sometimes this website gets
gets REAL lucky. Leigh sent along the following photos:
The first photo is Leigh recording with Pilot.
In the middle is Silver Metre--Micky Waller,
Pete Sears, Jack Reynolds and himself.
The one with all the amps is Blue Cheer.
Leigh is currently living in Auburn, Calif. He has some CD's out. One
is called "High Strung/Low Key." and the other is "A Rocket Down Falcon Street".
Leigh's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
He also has a Facebook page: Leigh's Facebook Page
Neil Hopper wrote to say how much he loved the Groupies.
He has an introduction by Kim Fowley at a beach love-in of
the band and you can listen to it at:
Neil also has a website called walkinginla.com which is kool.
Byrd sent these photos of The Groupies at Fantasy Fair.
Ya can't get much scruffier than The Groupies.
Pete and Byrd on left and Byrd, Kenny,
Cooker in rear, Pete and Ronnie.
who was drummer for the Daughters of Eve band, sent this link with great photos
of her band. spectropop.com
Paul sent an email in January of 2015: I knew Robert Failla, but also his younger brother Ricky, who had an album (Warner Bros) released with Brian Glascock (Motels) playing drums. I can't find anything about Rick Failla. I happen to be related to the Magliari family, (my cousin married Joe Jr who now still runs the Whiskey and Rainbow). I just interviewed him for a story, but he is younger than me, and grew up in the 80s/90s.
Miss Angela (of Zappa, GTO's) sent along awesome photos of
herself, Miss Lucy, Janet Hof(Ferguson) and James.
Angela thought I might want to censor the ones in the bus.
Naah... We want the real deal here.
Photos of the Yellow Payges below:
A German man named Reinhard sent these photos
of Vanilla Fudge. He said the man in back is Teddy Rondelli.
A little bird sent me this photo below of Smokestack Lightning.
OK, it was a big Byrd.
He also sent these two photos from a concert at Long Beach
Municipal Auditorium in January, 1971 when Smokestack
Lightning played with Bo Diddley.
L-R Byrd, Ric Eiserling, Ron Darling. Kelly Green
was also in Smokestack, but he's not in the photo,
and of course, that's Bo Diddley on the right.
The photo on the left is from backstage at the Whisky.
Smokestack played there February 8-11, 1971 with BB King.
That's Byrd, Kelly Green, BB King, Ron Darling.
The cartoon of Byrd was drawn by Steve Venet
I heard from Sally Stevens, who used to work
at Thee Experience and the Psychedelic Supermarket.
She went on to work for Elektra until 1985.
Sally's email: email@example.com
She has a killer blog you must check out!
Paul Meade, a 27 yr-old from England, of course
wasn't in Hollywood when we were, but he wrote me
a beautiful email with his photo and this killer quote:
"You guys were at the forefront of the musical and
cultural explosion of energy and creativity the likes
of which we may never see again."
Anybody remember Stark Naked and the Car Thieves?
Mac Brown, who was one of the two lead singers in that
band has contacted this site. firstname.lastname@example.org
"The band is alive and well with the exception of our
drummer, Leonard Sousa, who we lost to cancer last year.
It was a great thing to find folks like you who still remember
us and those kick-ass days when Hollywood was cool."
Les Silvey has also contacted the site and sent
along a photo of the band below.
Richard Gier reported that Jim Price is doing Keb Mo
and producing others like T-Bone Burnett. Richard is
looking for Bobby Blood. They were in a band called
Wilibu 6. Lon Price was also in the band.
Richard's email: email@example.com
Mike Hoaglan, known as Hoagy back then,
is living in Nevada and sent along the photo below.
Joel Christie who once played Gazzari's, is till playing
in a local Colorado band. He says he's still close to Jimmy
George and wants to say 'Hi' to all of you.
Pandora Sands contacted the site and has a million
wonderful memories of those days, but she used to stay
at the log cabin and went to the Whisky every nite.
She thinks we should have a reunion. She's right.
Edward Anthony G. wrote about many old friends
and wonderful memories, also, but he reported that
the percussionist for Crabby Appleton, Flaco Falcon,
died in 1981. He's also wondering about an early 70's
band named Ramatam that consisted of Mitch Mitchell,
Mike Pinera and a chic named April Lawton. Was she a
real female? Did Hendrix really teach her how to play guitar?
He's talked to Floyd Sneed of Three Dog Night who said
that Joe Schermie, the bass player, passed March 25, 2002.
Joey Stec, of the Dependables and the blues Magoos has
found the site. Ralph Scala, a band member, is alive and
well in LA and still in music. Joey has a long impressive
musical resume including movie soundtracks and
Joe's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Morgana Welch from Hollywood Diaries sent the photos below:
Looks like some Led Zep in the first photo. Morgana
married Bill Pratt who was in a band called Fresh Start.
Other band members: Paul Frank, Milo Martin, Fred Allen
These are photos of Morgana, then and now.
The girl is gorgeous!
This is a photo of a new version of Fresh Start
called "Fresh" and the band members included:
Bill Pratt, Fred Allen, Milo Martin, Paul Marshall,
(step son to Larry Gelbart who wrote the movies Tootsie
and Mash) Elaine Mayo, and George England
(son of Cloris Leachman.)
Morgana's website is: Hollywooddiaries.com
Another exciting contact was Jimi
Calhoun. He said he found
his phone number in my phone book. He was a bass player that
at one time or another played with Dr. John, Rare Earth,
Sly Stone, Buddy Miles, and was affiliated with Dobie Gray
and Pollution, Joel Scott Hill, Johnny Barbata, and his own
band called Creation. He sent a picture of his old Jag that he
used to drive up and down the Strip. Jimi said he had that Jag
for 25 years--finally sold it in '92.
Shiloh contacted the site and said she
used to hang out with
everyone at the Starwood during the Kim Fowley and the
Stephen Shady has sent many interesting photos and memorabilia
to me. Here's his most recent contribution--
Stephen's personal story about Jimi Hendrix one time in New York
Crickett Haskell has found us. email@example.com
She "hung out forever with Chuck Blackwell and Shindogs, Joey
Cooper, Delaney Bramlett...not to mention Bobby Keyes and Jimmy
Karstein" as she lived up at Leon's house on Skyhill Drive for a
couple of months. Crickett remembers Karstein living in one of
Leon's closets. She was a go-go dancer at Gazzarri's and hung
out nightly at the Red Velvet on Sunset. She remembers Three
Dog Night first performing on talent night there. She also
remembers places like The Rag Doll, PJ's, the Pink Carousel and
she remembers bands like The Orange Colored Sky, Stark Naked
and the Car Thieves, The Checkmates, Spiral Staircase.
She went on to become a talent agent in LA for about 28 years.
She married actor Peter Haskell. She's still married to Peter,
but has changed her careers. She's now an aerobic instructor.
Below are photos that Crickett sent from 1964:
Nooney Rickett fans have written many
for his whereabouts and what happened to him.
I found this photo at a Nevada Ramada Inn Express site.
Janis from Joplin, sent an article on Chuck Blackwell:
Check out Betty's website called hollywoodagogo.com
With the British invasion, my best friend Linda and I headed for Hollywood right out of high school in search of longhaired rockers. There we experienced some very happy times and met so many groovy people. Today, we still discuss Hollywood with memories we will never forget.
It was last October that I came a crossed
this great web site while doing research for my own site. I was so happy
to see friends I once knew. Terry Rae, Don Adey, and Rodney. Terry
and Don had signed the Guestbook, so I decided to email them. With the photo's
and stories I have always wanted to share and with Terry's generosity also
sending me his great photo's, I have been able to build my site with a
mystical feel. You can view the photo's and read all about my story in my
Introduction and My Back Pages. Please sign the guestbook when you drop
by. Thank you, Nancy, for this opportunity. Betty
I received the following email from Lari O'Neil-McNew, who
wasn't able to post anything in the defective feedback form:
I e-mailed Terry and Michael about James Rolleston,
but neither of them responded. I don't have very
recent info, but I was with James (on and off) up
until 1993. He was then working as a chef, and had
recently sold his bass. Last I heard he was in San
Herbert Worthington III was living on the Zoetrope
Studios lot when I knew him in the late 70s, early
80s. He had done a lot of photo work for Jimi, and was
then working with Stevie Nicks, as he apparently still
does. I heard that he went into the antiques
business in L.A.
I am looking for Neil Merryweather (Mama
Lion/Kryptonyte/Lita Ford)), and Lynn Carey has not
been able to help me.
I also heard from Miss Angela. She is looking for Renee
Hershkowitz (now Renee Johnson) because they were Ra-Ra
girls together in a band with screaming Lord Sutch.
She's digging for photos. Email: Acwayne@aol.com
Here's a more detailed letter from Miss Angela: Miss Angela's letter