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24 August 1943, Berkeley, California, USA, d. 29 May 1989. Cipollina was one of the most prominent musicians to emerge from the San Francisco rock scene of the late 60s. Settling into Mill Valley, California, just north of San Francisco, with his family at the age of six, he first learned to play piano, but soon switched to electric guitar. He joined his first band, the Penetrators, in 1959 and the Deacons a few years later. Along with singer Dino Valenti, harmonica player Jim Murray, guitarist/singer Gary Duncan and drummer Greg Elmore he formed Quicksilver Messenger Service in late 1965. Valenti was jailed for marijuana possession shortly after and another musician, who was just getting out of jail, David Freiberg, was recruited into the group. Quicksilver (minus Murray, who had left earlier) became one of the most important of the San Francisco bands, playing at the Fillmore Auditorium, the Monterey Pop Festival and signing with Capitol Records in 1968....