Canned Heat

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": blues blues rock classic rock 60s rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

This popular, but ill-fated, blues/rock band was formed in 1965 by two Los Angeles-based blues aficionados: Alan Wilson (4 July 1943, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 3 September 1970, Topanga Canyon, California, USA; vocals, harmonica, guitar) and Bob ‘The Bear’ Hite (b. 26 February 1943, Torrance, California, USA, d. 5 April 1981, Paris, France; vocals). Wilson, nicknamed ‘Blind Owl’ in deference to his thick-lens spectacles, was already renowned for his distinctive harmonica work and had accompanied Son House on the veteran bluesman’s post-‘rediscovery’ album, Father Of Folk Blues. Wilson’s obsession with the blues enabled him to build up a massive archive blues collection by his early 20s. The duo was joined by Frank Cook (drums) and Henry Vestine (b. 25 December 1944, Washington, DC, USA, d. December 1997, Paris, France; guitar), a former member of the Mothers Of Invention. They took the name Canned Heat from a 1928...

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