Alexander "Skip" Spence

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: psychedelic singer-songwriter folk 60s rock folk rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Alexander Lee Spence, 18 April 1946, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, d. 16 April 1999, Santa Cruz, California, USA. Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence played a pivotal role in the history of several San Franciscan bands. He first attracted attention as folk singer in a San Jose club, Shelter, and was briefly member of local punk attraction the Topsiders (aka the Other Side), an act with close links to the Chocolate Watch Band. In 1965 Spence answered an advert for a guitarist in the group which became Quicksilver Messenger Service. While awaiting his audition he was spotted by Marty Balin, who invited Skip to drum in Jefferson Airplane. Although he had never played the instrument before, Spence quickly developed a rudimentary, but exciting, percussive style. He also proved himself a skilled songwriter, but was ousted from his position in 1966 after missing rehearsals.

He then became a founder member of Moby Grape, now regarded as one of the finest...

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