Quicksilver Messenger Service
|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||psychedelic rock psychedelic classic rock 60s rock|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Of all the bands that came out of the San Francisco area during the late 60s Quicksilver typified most the style, attitude and sound of that era. The original band in 1964 comprised Dino Valenti (Chester Powers, 7 October 1937 (1943 is also cited), Danbury, Connecticut, USA, d. 16 November 1994, Santa Rosa, California, USA; vocals), John Cipollina (b. 24 August 1943, Berkeley, California, USA, d. 29 May 1989; guitar), David Freiberg (b. 24 August 1938, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; bass/vocals), Jim Murray (vocals/ harmonica), Casey Sonoban (drums) and, very briefly, Alexander Skip Spence (b. 18 April 1946, Windsor, Ontario, Canada; guitar/vocals), before being whisked off to join the Jefferson Airplane as drummer. Another problem that later proved to be significant in Quicksilvers development was the almost immediate arrest and imprisonment of Valenti for a drugs offence. He did not rejoin the band until late 1969. In 1965 the line-up was...