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Dee Time – London 1967 – and Marriages

Dee Time – London 1967 – and Marriages

29th August, 1967 Only two days later, we were slated to appear on one of the UK’s hottest TV shows. Simon Dee was originally a pirate radio DJ on Radio Caroline. In 1967, BBC 1 gave him his own TV show, the first chat show on Brit TV, called Dee Time. It proved to be hugely successful and Simon became a phenomenon on Brit TV. For anyone with a new record, hoping to get on the charts, an appearance on Simon Dee’s hip talk show was essential. Also on the show was Keith West, who had a surprise...

The Summer of Love 1967 – From San Francisco to London Part 2

The Summer of Love 1967 – From San Francisco to London Part 2

August 11th, 1967 I had returned from California to London to find the Brit version of the “Summer of Love” in full swing. On August 11th, we played the Friday night session of the national Jazz and Blues Festival. I had played this festival in 1965 with Steampacket at the Richmond Athletic Grounds. In 1966, the festival moved to Windsor. It was a popular festival, although the Jazz content was quickly being phased out, in favour of crowd-attracting rock acts. Worth noting is the debut of a...

The Summer of Love 1967 – From San Francisco to London Part 1

The Summer of Love 1967 – From San Francisco to London Part 1

24th July, 1967 I returned to London with a swagger in my step. After all, I was 22 years old and I had played not only the first rock music festival in history, but also two legendary venues in California. I would like to think I was not full of myself, but I probably was, even if I tried not to be. Although the San Fran musicians I met were mostly easy-going guys, they had a very low tolerance for attitude. That was not the way to get yourself noticed over there. I took note and certainly...

Living With The Dead

Living With The Dead

July 10th, 1967 After the gig at the Whiskey, we were free. The tour was over and we had two weeks before our next commitment. Bill Kreutzman, Phil Lesh and their ladies had very graciously invited me to come back to San Francisco and spend some more time with them. John Weider had a girlfriend he wanted to visit there. So, a few days later, John and I flew back up to San Fran. We still had the return half of our first class ticket that brought us to LA for the Monterey Festival so we decided...

David and Tina Meltzer

David and Tina Meltzer

July 6th, 2019 David Meltzer was a poet and musician of the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance. Some of his contemporaries were Gary Snyder, Kenneth Rexroth and Lawrence Ferlinghetti who described David as "one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets and musicians". I was introduced to David and his wife Tina in mid-1969 by a mutual friend. They lived in a house in Mill Valley, Marin County, California, nestled in a redwood forest and unreachable by car, you had to...

First Time at the Whiskey a Gogo

First Time at the Whiskey a Gogo

July 6th, 1967 After finishing at the Fillmore, we flew back to LA to play a few days at the Whiskey a Gogo. The Whiskey – that’s all we, and everybody else ever called it – is located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, very close to Beverly Hills, in an area known as the Sunset Strip. The Strip is only 4 or 5 blocks long but is packed with restaurants and clubs. Nowadays, the Whiskey is a legend. It’s still going and it holds the unique distinction of being the only nightclub inducted...

Wheat Belly at the Gurdwara

Wheat Belly at the Gurdwara

June 25th, 2019 For my friends who may not know, a Gurdwara is a holy gathering place for Sikhs, also called a Sikh Temple. Every gurdwara has a kitchen and a place to eat, because food is a vital part of Sikh spiritual practice. Langar is the name for the food that is served after any Sikh gathering. Sikhs are known all over the world for distributing langar to those in need and when disaster strikes. Wheat is the backbone of any langar, with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of roti...

Mount Tamalpais Ampitheater 1967

Mount Tamalpais Ampitheater 1967

July 2nd, 1967 On the Sunday, when we were due to finish at the Fillmore, Eric asked us to play for a benefit at the natural ampitheater Susula had shown me, up on Mount Tamalpais. The benefit was for a children's school known as The Six Day School, certainly a worthy cause. Most of the Bay Area bands were into playing benefits for various radical and left wing causes. I believe that Eric wanted to show that The Animals also had a social conscience and were not above helping others. The whole...

San Francisco and the Fillmore – Part Two

San Francisco and the Fillmore – Part Two

June 27th, 1967. Meanwhile, in spite of my euphoric discovery of Northern California, there was a gig to be played. We opened at the Fillmore Auditorium on Tuesday June 27th 1967, and would play 6 nights, until the following Sunday. We were second on the bill after Chuck Berry. The Steve Miller Band were also featured and would support Chuck. Each band played two sets, with Steve Miller kicking the night off. Then we would play, with Steve coming on again to back Chuck Berry. After Chuck,...

San Francisco and the Fillmore – Part One

San Francisco and the Fillmore – Part One

June 27th, 1967 I barely had time to recover from my UCLA Med Center experience, when we were on the plane to SFO to play the Fillmore Auditorium. We would be there from June 27th, 1967 to July 2nd. I had renewed my friendship with Bill Kreutzman, the Dead's drummer (this was pre-Mickey) and he invited me to stay at the apartment he shared with Phil Lesh, the bass player and their ladies. The extended Grateful Dead family was largely domiciled at a house located at 710 Ashbury Street, quite...

Adventures in UCLA Medical Center

Adventures in UCLA Medical Center

June 24th, 1967. We were in LA, having played the Monterey Pop Festival the previous weekend and staying in a hotel on the fabled Sunset Strip. The trip to Monterey had been hurriedly arranged. The Festival had been a charity gig, a freebee – although we got first-class tickets between London and the West Coast. Now we needed some more work in the US so we could at least break even on the trip. Once again, our man-in-LA, Kevin Deverich came through for us. We would play two legendary...

Monterey Pop Festival 1967 – Day Three Evening

Monterey Pop Festival 1967 – Day Three Evening

That evening I ingested some of the purple-colored LSD that Augustus Owsley Stanley had brought to Monterey. Obviously this had a strong effect on my perception of the evening’s events. I couldn't handle being out in the crowd so I stayed in the clubroom behind the stage and watched the show on closed circuit TV. I was deeply affected by The Who's performance, but not in a positive way. Their performance was fine but, when they started to smash up their instruments, I was disgusted. It seemed...

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