The Mystery Trend

Genres: Folk
Decades: 1990s


An early but minor part of the San Francisco scene of the 60s, the Mystery Trend took its name after misunderstanding a line in Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ which referred to a ‘mystery tramp’. Comprising Ron Nagle (vocals), Bob Cuff (guitar), Larry Bennett (bass), Larry West (lead guitar) and John Luby (drums). They performed many concerts in the San Francisco ballrooms of the era, but released only one single, ‘Johnny Was A Good Boy’/‘A House On The Hill’ on Verve Records, in early 1967, at which time West departed. Cuff left the band in the summer of 1967 and was replaced by John Gregory, who went on to join Seatrain. The Mystery Trend split up in 1968. Nagle recorded a solo album, Bad Rice, in 1970 and produced albums by Paul Kantner (of Jefferson Airplane) and John Hiatt.

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