The Family Tree

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 2000s


Bob Segarini (guitar/vocals), Mike Olsen (actually Lee Michaels, 24 November 1945, Los Angeles, California, USA; keyboards), Bill Whittington (bass) and Newman Davis (drums) formed Family Tree in 1965. This San Franciscan rock group was bedevilled by internal unrest, and by the time their debut album was released, Segarini was the only remaining original member. Miss Butters unveiled the anglophile persuasion that marked his subsequent music, but was deemed out of step with the prevailing musical trend. Had it been issued a year earlier (1967) it might have fared better in a world of gentle psychedelic whimsy in swinging London. Mike Dure (guitar), Jim De Cocq (keyboards), Bill ‘Kootch’ Troachim (bass) and Vann Slatter (drums) completed the band’s final line-up, which broke apart in 1970. Segarini and De Cocq formed Roxy, while founder member Olsen found fame as a solo virtuoso, reverting to his real name Lee Michaels.

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