Tuesday, October 27, 2020


Benjamin Hirsch, the founder of Turtle Wax, wanted to be a chemist, but had to drop out of college during the Great Depression. Instead, he became a magician, supporting his family with his silks and wand. But he never lost his interest in chemistry nor his fascination with cars. In the late 1930s he developed a car wax and mixed up batches at night in the bathtub. His wife, Marie, filled the bottles by hand. During the day, Hirsch traveled by street car to gas stations around Chicago, selling the wax he named Plastone. In 1941, he invested $500 and opened the Plastone Co., which operated out of a series of storefronts.

To promote his wax, Hirsch would go into a parking lot and shine one fender of each car. He then waited for the owners to arrive and hope to convince them to buy his wax to finish the job. Plastone was a couple of years old when, according to company lore, Hirsch made a sales call in Turtle Creek, Wisconsin. The name of the town clicked in his mind with the hard shell of a turtle and the protection his wax offered. Thus was born a new name for the company and for the wax, Turtle Wax Super Hard Shell.

Yes I know they are tortoises. Tortoise, Terrapin, Turtle whatever !


Friday, October 23, 2020


01 hootenany 1984 - vanguard voyagers
02 slow fizz - mitch ryder & the detroit wheels
03 007-a fantasy bond theme - barry adamson
04 we can't go home again - william tyler
05 stranger in a strange land - byrds
06 inna-gadda-da-vida - shawn lee
07 meet the flintstones - dirty dozen brass band 
08 katmandu - gary duncan & quicksilver
09 pipeline sequence - honk
10 turnpike - link wray
11 a maiden's prayer - roy clark
12 uranis take 2 - brunning sunflower blues band
13 alley cat - bent fabric
14 bandalero - neal schon
15 aces high - hugo montenegro
16 sodoma e gomorra - il rovescio della medaglia
17 steaming pipes - happy the man
18 an odd little place - jerry garcia
19 fields of sun - iron butterfly
20 crystal ship - ray manzarek
21 sweet little angel - rolling stones
22 great gig in the sky - pink floyd
23 i'll stand by you - pretenders


Thursday, October 22, 2020


It appears that the Pandemic is once again getting worse and I think that we may be looking at the new norm in our lifestyles.    I do believe that we may have this Covid threat for another year or more
. I hear a lot of people bitching about wearing face masks .Just think what it be like if we were required to put on these suits and go to work at Starbucks! 

This is the first post in a new segment on the site entitled as    'From The Edge "  I p[an on putting stuff from the unusual or oddball things  or anything that I please  I do not get very many comments  as a rule so I figured I would comment myself, This provides me a chance be a little creative and puts the fun back in the blog   

By the way the suits are fire fighting gear developed in the early 40s for the royal navy 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Loose Gravel was formed in San Francisco, California, USA, in the early-70s by Mike Wilhelm (guitar/vocals; ex-Charlatans), Kenny Sreight (bass) and Gene Rymer (drums). The line-up also sometimes featured Chris Wilson, later of the Flamin’ Groovies. Several tracks they recorded between 1971 and 1972 were later released on Wilhelm’s self-titled debut, eventually issued in 1976. These included a searing version of ‘Styrofoam’, later popularised by pub-rockers Ducks DeLuxe. Michael Deryckx (bass) and Rol Gjano (drums) then joined Wilhelm and together they recorded two privately-pressed singles, ‘Frisco Band’ and ‘Gravel Rash’. However, Wilhelm folded the band in 1976 when he joined the Flamin’ Groovies. He remained in the line-up for seven years, after which he resumed a low-key solo career that included the album Mean Ol’ Frisco in the late 80s. Loose Gravel’s Thanks For The Memories meanwhile combines three studio tracks with a live set recorded at the Coffee House, Long Beach, California, in 1976.
  Wilhelm famously gave Bill Graham "the finger" in the movie Fillmore, when Graham refused to let Loose Gravel perform in the film. Graham liked the scene where Mike gave him the finger so much that he left it in the movie. Loose Gravel only released one single during their existence, but there have been several subsequent issues of material.

1      Blue Skies & Sunshine     4:55
2      Can You Do It / Waitin' In Line     4:17
3      Frisco Band     4:07
4      Love In Vain     4:30
5      Travelin' Riverside Blues     5:25
6      Gravel Rash     4:11
7      Sittin' On Top Of The World / It's All Over Now     5:48
8      Styrofoam / Don't Flash Out     6:03
9      I'm Not Satisfied     2:28
10    Dust My Bloom     3:22
11    The Last Time     7:18
12    Loose Gravel     17:22

Tracks 1-3 recorded at Kelly Quan's studio, San Francisco, 1975
Tracks 4-12 recorded live at the Coffee Gallery, North Beach, San Francisco, 6th February 1976


Sunday, October 18, 2020


In 1968, Hicks formed Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks with violinist David LaFlamme. LaFlamme was quickly replaced by jazz violinist "Symphony" Sid Page. Vocalists Sherry Snow and Christine Gancher, guitarist Jon Weber, and bassist Jaime Leopold filled out the band, unusual in having no drummer. This line-up was signed to Epic and in 1969 issued the album Original Recordings, produced by Bob Johnston. The first Hot Licks line-up lasted until 1971 and then disintegrated.

When Hicks reformed the band, Page and Leopold remained, and vocalists Naomi Ruth Eisenberg and Maryann Price joined, followed later by guitarist John Girton. This group recorded three albums, culminating in 1973's Last Train to Hicksville (on which the group first added a drummer). After existing as a critical success only, this last album gained the group wider acclaim, as evidenced by Hicks' appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone. Thus, it was a great surprise to many when he chose that moment to disband the Hot Licks. Asked why in 1974, he said:

"I didn't want to be a bandleader anymore. It was a load and a load I didn't want. I'm basically a loner... I like singing and stuff, but I didn't necessarily want to be a bandleader. The thing had turned into a collective sort of thing – democracy, vote on this, do that. I conceived the thing. They wouldn't be there if it wasn't for me. My role as leader started diminishing, but it was my fault because I let it happen; I cared less as the thing went on."

As time passed, this particular Hot Licks band became Hicks' "classic" band, in part due to Page's passionate fiddling, combining swing and classical training, as well as Price's sultry jazz vocals in the style of Anita O'Day, reflecting her pre-Hicks performing experience.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
The Boarding House
San Francisco, California
May 1971

KMPX-FM Broadcast

first set:

01. Introduction
02. Evening Breeze
03. How Can I Miss You (When You Won't Go Away)?
04. Caught In The Rain
05. By Hook Or By Crook
06. Presently In The Past
07. I Feel Like Singing 
08. Station promo (KMPX-FM)
09. The Rounder
10. Shorty Falls In Love/Fujiyama
11. Reelin' Down
12. Where's The Money?
13. The Buzzard Was Their Friend

second set:

14. Peach Pickin' Time
15. He Don't Care (Stoned)
16. Woe The Luck
17. The Rounder
18. Shorty Falls In Love/Fujiyami
19. How Can I Miss You (When You Won't Go Away)? 
20. KSAN station promo's 


Saturday, October 17, 2020


Hot Knives was a band with an impressive pedigree and plenty of talent which unfortunately was in the right place at the wrong time -- playing enthusiastic and tuneful power pop and folk-rock with a faint psychedelic undertow, the group should have been right at home on the San Francisco music scene, but in the mid-'70s, they were too late for the Ballroom scene, stuck out like a sore thumb in the age of stadium rock, and were a poor fit for the harder sounds of new wave and punk that were lurking on the horizon. Hot Knives was formed by the brother-and-sister team of Michael Houpt (lead vocals and guitar) and Debra Houpt (lead vocals), who began singing together as teenagers growing up in Pennsylvania, playing folk tunes in the style of Peter, Paul and Mary. By 1969, Michael had relocated to Northern California, and he began working with a political improvisational theater troupe in San Francisco; the Flamin' Groovies sometimes rehearsed at the company's performance space, and Michael struck up a friendship with bandmembers Tim Lynch (lead guitar) and Danny Mihm (drums). By 1972, Debra had moved to San Francisco, while Lynch and Mihm were looking for a new project after the Flamin' Groovies' original lineup fell apart. With bassist Ed Wilson joining Michael, Debra, Tim, and Danny, Hot Knives was born, with the group taking their name from Michael's favored method of smoking hashish. Hot Knives gigged regularly in the Bay area and the group slowly built a following for their engaging melodies, Michael and Tim's guitar interplay and the soaring vocal harmonies of the Houpts. However, they were far enough from the mainstream that record companies weren't interested, and in 1976 Hot Knives took matters into their own hands, self-releasing a single, "Lovin' You" backed with "Around the World," which was produced by Cyril Jordan of the Groovies. Another 7" followed later the same year, "I Hear the Wind Blow" b/w a cover of Moby Grape's "Hey Grandma." The singles earned some enthusiastic press (Greg Shaw in Bomp! called them "the best thing happening in San Francisco these days") but didn't lead to a record deal, and while the group had a wealthy and enthusiastic patron in Casper Weinberger, Jr. (whose father was Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan), it wasn't enough to keep the lineup intact after Tim Lynch left the band. While Hot Knives continued for a while with guitarist Bob Kinney, they quietly called it quits by the end of the decade. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020



Ace of Cups is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1967 during the Summer of Love era. It has been described as one of the first all-female rock bands.
The members of Ace of Cups were Mary Gannon (bass), Marla Hunt (organ, piano), Denise Kaufman (guitar, harmonica), Mary Ellen Simpson (lead guitar), and Diane Vitalich (drums). Lead vocals were sung by all members of the band except Vitalich, and all five sang backup. The songwriting, too, was divided among the band members.
The band was named Ace of Cups by their manager, astrologer Ambrose Hollingworth, after the Ace of Cups tarot card, which shows a cup with five streams of water. He told the women that the streams represented the five of them, and that they should "go with the flow" to see where the music would take them.

Ace of Cups made their debut in the early spring of 1967. In late June, Jimi Hendrix invited the band to open for him at a free concert in Golden Gate Park.] In London that December, Hendrix told Melody Maker:

"I heard some groovy sounds last time in the States, like this girl group, Ace of Cups, who write their own songs and the lead guitarist is hell, really great."

In San Francisco, Ace of Cups—whose new manager, Ron Polte, also managed Quicksilver Messenger Service—were playing regularly, headlining at smaller clubs such as The Matrix and performing as the opening act at larger venues such as the Avalon Ballroom and the Fillmore. In mid-1968, the band appeared on a local television program, West Pole, along with San Francisco legends Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. In 1969, they opened for The Band's first concert as The Band along with The Sons of Champlin.

Several record companies were interested in signing Ace of Cups, but Hollingworth and Polte felt the band was worth more than the record companies were offering. Also, some of the band members were concerned that a record contract might require the band to tour, and they were worried that family pressures would interfere. Consequently, Ace of Cups never made any professional recordings of their own, although in 1969 they contributed vocals to Jefferson Airplane's Volunteers, Mike Bloomfield's It's Not Killing Me, and Nick Gravenites' My Labors.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020


Recorded in 1978 but not released
This album was recorded but never released. Some tracks are Hunter with the group Comfort, some are solo Hunter. Three tracks from the album were released on the Robert Hunter compilation Promontory Rider.

Promontory Rider and Hooker's Ball;

Robert Hunter - guitar, vocals
Marleen Molle - vocals
Kathleen Klein - vocals
Kevin Morgenstern - guitar
Richard McNees - keyboards
Larry Klein - bass
Rodney Albin - vina
Pat Lorenzano - drums
Drunkard's Carol;
Robert Hunter - guitar, vocals
Producer - Bob Matthews
Engineer - Betty Cantor-Jackson 

1  Keys To The Rain
2  It Must Have Been The Roses
3  Big Wind
4  Promontory Rider
5  All The Same
6  Alligator Moon Suite
7  Blue Note
8  New East Saint Louis Blues
9  Friend Of The Devil
10 Wild Bill
11 Tiger Rose
12 Jesse James
13 Cruel White Water
14 That Train
15 Ripple


Wednesday, September 30, 2020



Born in San Diego, Duncan grew up in Ceres, California, where (as Gary Grubb) he played guitar for the Ratz until they finished their performance itinerary as an opening act for the Byrds and the Rolling Stones at the War Memorial Auditorium in San Jose, California. It was in 1965 when, as Gary Cole, he joined the Brogues, in Merced, California, and met future Quicksilver Messenger Service drummer Greg Elmore. It was with the Brogues that he adopted the stage name Gary Duncan. He stayed with them until they broke up in 1965.

In late 1965 Duncan received a call from John Cipollina offering an audition for himself and fellow Brogues member Greg Elmore to join Quicksilver Messenger Service. The group first performed in December 1965 at The Matrix. The complex guitar interplay between Duncan and John Cipollina had a big influence on the sound of psychedelic rock. In early 1969, after recording two albums, Duncan left Quicksilver and as he describes it, "I left for a year and rode motorcycles and lived in New York City and Los Angeles and just kind of went crazy for about a year."

By the beginning of 1970 Duncan rejoined Quicksilver Messenger Service along with singer/guitarist Dino Valenti which pushed the group toward a more folk rock sound.[citation needed] By 1971 the original group had splintered with Cipollina, David Freiberg and Nicky Hopkins all leaving while Duncan, Elmore and Valenti continued to perform as Quicksilver Messenger Service until the end of the 1970s.

Later career
In the mid-1980s Duncan revived the Quicksilver name and began touring with his own band even releasing an album, Peace by Piece. He released a few more albums into the 1990s with the Quicksilver name but was the only original member in the group (except David Freiberg who guested on some tracks). He began touring with a four-piece band up until 2001 when the World Trade Center was attacked. After that Duncan recalled there were no more shows to play and he tore down his home studio for financial reasons. 

Duncan walked away from the music industry for the next few years until 2004, when he began releasing music from his Quicksilver band in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2006 Duncan reunited with Freiberg and began touring again as the Quicksilver Messenger Service. They were still performing up to his death.

On June 19, 2019, Duncan fell and suffered a seizure and multiple cardiac arrests. He fell into a coma, and died on June 29, 2019 in Woodland, California, never regaining consciousness





Monday, September 21, 2020



 Half a century ago, PROCOL HARUM, who achieved tremendous success with their debut single "A Whiter Shade Of Pale", made a significant contribution to the genre of progressive rock, while preserving their roots, which lie in blues and soul.  "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" is still one of the best-selling singles of all time.  The cover of "Novum", which was painted by Julia Brown (Julia Brown) contains references to the design of the debut disc of the group of 1967, which includes this singl

 Since their first appearance in 1967, PROCOL HARUM has not ceased to evolve, but their lead remains the vocalist, pianist and composer Gary Brooker.  The current line-up consisted mainly of the early '90s and includes bassist Matt Pegg, JETHRO TULL, and Jan Brown's band, drummer Geoff Dunn, accompanying compositions by Jimmy Page, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison),  Guitarist Geoff Whitehorn, Roger Chapman, Paul Rogers and Roger Daltrey, and organist John Phillips, solo projects of Pete Townsend and Midge Ur

 "Our last studio album is released in 2003, and as PROCOL HARUM turns 50 in 2017, we needed something special, and as a result we got a new album with new songs from the band that have been together for 10 years.  And producer Dennis Weinreich (Dennis Weinreich) contributed to the album, which I think is the best in PROCOL HARUM history. "Just listen!"  - says Gary Brooker. "Novum" marks a new direction PROCOL HARUM - all the songs were composed by all members of the group, and the texts to most of them were composed by the poet Pete Brown (Pete Brown), best known for co-authorship of CREAM songs.  Thanks to this, the atmosphere of the songs has changed - they still make you think, but now they have elements of humor.

 "Novum" is not only a souvenir for the 50th anniversary of the amazing group, but also a new step in its evolution.  This long-awaited selection of new songs is sure to please the dedicated fans of PROCOL HARUM.

01. I Told On You
02. Last Chance Motel
03. Image Of The Beast
04. Soldier
05. Don't Get Caught
06. Neighbour
07. Sunday Morning
08. Businessman
09. Can't Say That
10. The Only One
11. Somewhen

Line Up:
Gary Brooker - piano, accordion, vocals
Josh Phillips - organ, vocals
Geoff Whitehorn - guitar
Matt Pegg - bass guitar
Geoff Dunn - drums

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

 Sorry about the missing link While I was out Blogger replace my blog with their new format and I am working my way through it  Honestly It sucks  I cannot find a way to link to my icons so for right now I will [lace a link on the post or in the comments