The brief career of the much-vaunted Electric Flag was begun in 1967 by Mike Bloomfield (Michael Bernard Bloomfield, 28 July 1943, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 15 February 1981, San Francisco, California, USA), following his departure from the influential Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The original band comprised Bloomfield, Buddy Miles (b. George Allen Miles Jnr., 5 September 1947, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 26 February 2008, Austin, Texas, USA; drums/vocals), Nick Gravenites (b. Chicago, Illinois, USA; vocals), Barry Goldberg (b. Chicago, Illinois, USA; keyboards), Harvey Brooks (b. Harvey Goldstein, USA; bass), Peter Strazza (tenor saxophone), Marcus Doubleday (trumpet) and Herbie Rich (baritone saxophone). All members were well-seasoned professionals coming from a variety of musical backgrounds. The group recorded the soundtrack for the 1967 movie The Trip before making a noble live debut at the same years Monterey Pop Festival. Their excellent A Long Time...