Blue Cheer

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": psychedelic rock hard rock blues rock classic rock psychedelic rock stoner rock acid rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Lyrics Wikipedia

Biography

San Francisco’s Blue Cheer, originally comprising Dickie Peterson (Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA; vocals/bass), Leigh Stephens (guitar) and Paul Whaley (drums), harboured dreams of a more conventional direction until seeing Jimi Hendrix perform at the celebrated Monterey Pop Festival. Taking their name from a potent brand of LSD, they made an immediate impact with 1967’s uncompromising debut album, Vincebus Eruptum, which featured cacophonous interpretations of Eddie Cochran’s ‘Summertime Blues’ (US number 14) and Mose Allison’s ‘Parchman(t) Farm’. A second set, OutsideInside, was completed in the open air when the trio’s high volume levels destroyed the studio monitors.

Stephens left the band during the sessions for 1969’s New! Improved!, and his place was taken by former Other Half guitarist Randy Holden (b. 2 July 1945, USA). Bruce Stephens (bass, ex-Mint Tattoo) and Ralph Burns Kellogg...

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