San Franciscos 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 1967s uncompromising debut album, Vincebus Eruptum, which featured cacophonous interpretations of Eddie Cochrans Summertime Blues (US number 14) and Mose Allisons Parchman(t) Farm. A second set, OutsideInside, was completed in the open air when the trios high volume levels destroyed the studio monitors.
Stephens left the band during the sessions for 1969s 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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