FRESH PHOTOS...More names
"The room was humming
as the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
the waiter brought a tray" Procol Harum
I have received so many wonderful photos, musings,
and requests for names and bands to add, etc.,
that I need a fresh new page to start
collecting all of them. Special thanks to Terry Rae for
many wonderful photos.
Click any photos to enlarge.
Pamela DesBarres writes:
Hi doll, lovely site! great idea! My website address is:
Bryan MacLean died ON Christmas day at
Damiano's Pizza on Fairfax. I just got a cursory look and it's late,
but I'll check back again. let me know if there's anything I can do to help!
PS - Miss Christine, Miss Lucy and Miss Sandra from the GTO's
are all in Heaven now too! XX Pamela
He was a member of the Hollywood
Workshop (improv theatre)
and was friends with David Lander, Jim Cranna, and Corey Fisher.
He remembers jamming with Jeremy Clyde and Leonard Cohen. He
did demo sessions with producers like Pat Pipollo and Jeff Greenberg.
He played in a band called Speed Rhythm Band with Barbara Webber
(vocals) Steve Brian (keyboards) Bobby de Simone (drums) Christopher
Augustine played drums later on. Michael Daly (lead guitar) Skip Tull
(bass) and Jean-Marc on rhythm guitar and vocals with Barbara.
Skip Greene was the band's producer.
After working in the motion picture
studios in Hollywood, he
eventually became a film editor and associate producer.
He wrote the "Emmanuelle" TV series. I checked out his
resume on the internet and it reads like a novel. He's worked
with Dustin Hoffman, Keven Costner, Anthony Quinn, Tony Curtis...
Need I go on?! ... and he worked on Saturday Night Fever!
"Neil Elliot and myself were roommates on Beverly Glen off and on
from 1967 to 1969. That we used to give great parties and we always
had a three pound coffee can full of strained grass... I'm sure there
are people who must remember our house - the tree house-
at 937 Beverly Glen."
received a lot of wonderful information and photos from Jean-Marc.
He wrote "In 1991 I had a heart attack and was pronounced dead for
one and a half minutes. When I came out of a coma three hours later,
I saw a young blonde intern bending over me. Two years later, I
married her, and we now have two kids, Maximilien, 8, and Sarah, 5.
The photo below is Jean-Marc, Christelle Salgues,
(his secretary during the William Tell TV series)
and Jeremy Clyde of "Chad and Jeremy" in 1986.
Wendy Forward remembers Rodney Bingenheimer
very well, and Bryan MacClean, Buffalo Springfield, and Iron Butterfly
(especially Ron Bushy.) She was "up close" with Pamela DesBarres,
Cynthia Plastercaster and Kim Fowley and has some great stories
like this one about Fowley... click here
Gail (Collins) Pappalardi was married to Felix of Mountain. She
wrote a song for the Disraeli Gears album, "World of
Pain" and songs for Mountain albums. What became of her?
C.J.D. from Lawton, Mich. wrote these wonderful words in an email:
You are more than likely the only person walking this screwed up
world that has made any sense to me in many years. And just reading your past memories of the Strip and all that was going down in the sixties has taken me
back to a time which I hold very close to my heart. They were good times...
bad times... but no one ever hurt anybody else on purpose. Life was real
and so were the times. If frogs could fly... my wish would be to go back to
that space and time and enjoy it even more than I did... AND I DID!
THANKS AGAIN! C.J.D.
Aaron Wolfson has contacted the website. He was just a young
kid, but he remembers Pandora's Box, Schwabbs Drugstore. His
drummer's dad was a promoter for the Monterey Pop Festival.
Kim Nash wrote in an email that Barry McGuire is alive
and well. Wants me to add these names: Tim Buckley,
Sevrin Darden, the drummers of Griffith Park, and
Jackson Browne, who street sang in front of the record
store while everyone else was hitting it big.
Kim attended Lenny Bruce's funeral riding in Frank Zappa's
station wagon. Phil Spector gave the eulogy, "Lenny died of
an overdose of police."
Kim's email: email@example.com
Remember Blodwyn Pig?
Mick Abrahams - Guitar
Ron Berg - Drums
Jack Lancaster - Woodwind
Andy Pyle - Bass
Graham Waller - Keyboards
Peter Banks - Guitar, Vocals
Clive Bunker - Drums
Michael McRae, Nashville, has been searching for James Rolleston.
played together in Sweet Wine, 1968.
Richard Patterson, from Ottawa, Canada, was in LA from
67-69, working in the folk rock group, 3's a Crowd, that featured lead
guitarist, Trevor Veitch. He's also looking for James Rolliston.
(He spelled 'Rolliston' differently than McRae above, so I will leave it.)
I heard from Janet Sarner who
hung around Hollywood
with her friends, Andy, Wendy, and Lixie. They were regulars on the TV Show
"Where the Action Is"...Janet remembers The Great Linoleum Clothing
Experience, Genie the Tailor, The West Coast Pop Art Band, The Chambers
Brothers, Bido Lido's, The Fifth Estate, The Sundance Saloon, The Brass Ring,
and The Mine Shaft.
Danny Hortter found some old friends--Terry Rae, Danny Gorman,
Bill Ham, and Mike Rummans. Bill Ham is still playing and in Fort Worth.
Mike Rummans is doing well and still playing. "I attribute your site
for helping me get in touch with these guys."
Janet Planet was a popular name around Hollywood. She hung
Whisky. She remembers Mario and his son Stephen. She used to have
coffee on Sundays at Farmer's Market with Pamela DesBarres and her ex, Michael. Over the years, she has worked at Capitol Records with Dennis
Killeen and Walter Wanger Jr., Chris Blackwell at Island Records, Dino
Airelli, when he was president at Dark Horse Records, Shelter Records
with Denny Cordell, and Skyhill Publishing with Don Williams, Gary Heaton
and Danny.... and the list goes on from John Carter at A&M to
Chrysalis to Atlantic. She's considering a book on the music business.
Janet's email: Janetplanet4all@aol.com
Someone has requested that I mention Johnny Legend on the
Also, Ray Dennis Steckler of "Lemon Grove Kids" and
Harry Novak and Dave Friedman.
Eileen O'Leary is now an accountant living in Anaheim.
She remembers Lampert and Nuttycombe well. She would love
to find two of Craig's old girlfriends-- Harriet Blake, and
Carole, from the all-girl band, The Ladybirds.
Ken Berry, Gabby Garcia, Don Paris, Guillermo Giachetti,
and Richard O'Connell were all associated with
Studio Instrumental Rentals. Francesco, of Roma, Italy,
is looking for these guys.
Mark Stein, lead singer for Vanilla Fudge wants
mention of his website: mark-stein.com
I received photos of Mountain from Brian O'Malley.
They played live April 4, 2003 at Bull Run, Shirley, Mass.
He said Leslie West still plays exceptionally
well as does Corky Laing on drums.
Rochelle Curtis rmc@QNET.COM
from Palmdale, Ca., was
14 in 1966. She wonders if anyone remembers her sister,
Cheryl McCabe, 17 and skinny as a rail, from the Hullabaloo.
Cheryl died July 4, 2002 of pneumonia and ARDS; (Acute
Respiratory Distress Syndrome) but
she left behind a scrapbook that is priceless from her
days at Hullabaloo and her love for the Palace Guard.
Michael Sherman Silva, from Beverly Hills, lived on
Canyon Boulevard in 1966. He contributed to the album
"Freak Out" and was motorcycle buddies with McQueen and
Elmer Valentine. His son, Joseph Davidson, of White Plains, NY,
is writing a book about his father and mother from those days.
Any information would be helpful: Mli64@aol.com
Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominoes)
has emerged. He wrote
one of my favorite songs of all time--Bell Bottom Blues. He has a
live album out with Kim Carmel.
It was David Malachowski that sent this awesome poster!
He writes: The "original" band lasted just one album, the first definitive
edition may be the one with singer Chris Youlden, guitarist, Dave Peverett,
bassist Tone Stevens and drummer Roger Earle. (that's the band in the
poster) the last 3 guys left and formed Foghat.
Dave Walker followed and had hits "Tell Mama" and "Straight Corner Talking"
Before Dave left to be in Fleetwood Mac and Black Sabbath (both briefly) I
met Dave two years ago, he is now a short order cook in Bozeman Montana ...
says he was in Hollywood
"hot-rodding guitars and amps" in the back room at Red's Royal Amp
Service (Red Rhodes) where "you get it royally." He said every
entertainer in town came through that back room. "I got to hang
out with every guitar hero I ever had--Jesse Ed Davis, Duane Eddy,
Johnny Meeks, Thumbs Carlisle, James Burton, Jeff Baxter," He
later started his own guitar company, Schecter Guitar Research in
Van Nuys. He's now back home in Benson, Arizona still building
guitars, still innovating. He still has that "touch for tone" that
his reputation was built on.
Neely was well-known for "I Fought the Law.."
and "Lovin You Just Crossed My Mind." He played the
Troubadour and the Palomino in the early days. He also appeared
on the Midnight Special and American Bandstand.
Sam died in July of 2006 while mowing his lawn. He was 57 years old.
Sandy Nelson, infamous for "Let There Be
played for Phil Spector, Duane Eddy, The Coasters,
Gene Vincent, among many others.
Jamie Nay writes that Melinda
Merriweather is living in La Jolla
and very involved in ecological events. Melinda was married to
Mike Hynson of Endless Summer. it is believed that the Jimi
Hendrix song "Scorpio Woman" is about Melinda.
Tom Kelly-- firstname.lastname@example.org
sent in recent photos
of himself and Taj Mahal and himself and Donovan.
Tom on left, with Taj, and Tom and Donovan.
These celebrities are among the great numbers who
help Tom with his Tommy Foundation.
Shady Lady was an early 70's band in
Stefen Shady, the lead vocalist sent the photo below of the band.
He's currently living in the L.A. area and working
on his first novel. Stefen requests that Iggy Pop
be on the site. He has a photo he will send. He also asks
if I remember; Randy California, Adam Strange, Michael Debarres,
Gypsy Boots, Johnny Thunders, Amatha Garelle,
Sable Starr, Coral and Queenie.
Shady Lady Bio
John Christian, lead guitar; Gerhard Helmut, bass;
Billy McCartney, drums; Leonard Denault, guitar;
and Stefen Shady, lead vocalist.
Neil Elliott managed the Kaleidoscope in the late 60's.
He moved to NY to pursue his acting career, and then moved
back to L.A. in the late seventies. He's now working on a
screenplay that has to do with the Kaleidoscope and the
Mafia involvement. He also uses his college degree to work
with "gravely disabled Schizophrenics." Neil told me in an email,
"Well, with all that experience dealing with freaked out hippies
on acid, I seem to have a good insight now."
MOTT THE HOOPLE
Early band members were: Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson,
Mick Ralphs, Pete Watts, Dale Griffin, Verden Allen.
Don't know who's who in the photos.
I know they were in Hollywood in the late sixties/early seventies,
because two of the guys in the band were at my house.
I gave one of them a jacket and I got a photo.
It was a black and white promo shot.
Can't find it. When I do, I'll put it on the site.
It's in a songbook somewhere.
I've seen it a thousand times--just not today.