|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||classic rock 70s blues rock rock psychedelic rock hard rock pop blues 1970's|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 2000s|
Known mainly for their 1970 US number 4 hit, Ride Captain Ride, Blues Image was a quintet from Tampa, Florida, USA. Formed in the mid-60s, they began as a trio featuring Mike Pinera (29 September 1948, Tampa, Florida, USA; guitar/vocals), Joe Lala (b. Tampa, Florida, USA; drums) and Manuel Bertematti (b. 1946, Tampa, Florida, USA; percussion). In 1966 Malcolm Jones (b. Cardiff, Wales; bass) joined and the band took the name Blues Image. Keyboardist Frank Skip Konte, originally from Canyon City, California, was enlisted in 1968, at which time the band relocated to Miami, Florida. The band opened their own club, The Image, where besides booking some of the top acts of the day they were able to provide themselves with a ready-made venue for the Blues Images performances. Signed to Atco Records in 1969, they recorded their self-titled debut album, which landed at number 112 in the US album charts. The following year, they released Open,...