with my girlfriend, going to the Dell at night, and by
day working for a construction company. Life was
good and so was the music on the radio. In this
two part series I'd like to share with you a few
songs that revive the spirit of '69.
twenty years older than other band members which
included his stepson, band leader Randy California,
and singer and percussionist Jay Ferguson who had
solo hits in the late 70s with "Thunder Island" and
"Shakedown Cruise." With a mixed generation lineup
performing an exciting blend of jazz, hard rock,
prog rock and psych, Spirit was one of the more
November of 1968, Spirit's high energy single
"I Got a Line on You" penetrated deep into
the top 40 by March 1969.
derived its name from Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy,
a fictitious children's tether-ball game described in
Aldous Huxley's futuristic novel Brave New World.
came from Bumble Puppy. The word sassafras
is spelled wrong and the title itself was possibly
taken from an incorrectly heard quote.
Hmmm... Everybody sing along with me...
Pass it over to me.
of the greatest psychedelic rock nuggets of the 60s.
In recent years I started paying more attention to
the killer bee side and now it's my Pick to Click!
album A Gathering of Promises, has a progressive
rock sound that's vibrant and intellectually stimulating!
accomplished musicians and vocalists, yet they
ended up changing their name to Demian to
avoid being mistaken for one of the myriad
prefabricated Bubblegum acts of the era
such as The 1910 Fruitgum Company.
refreshing new southern roots rock sound
described as a synthesis of rock-a-billy,
country, swamp pop and R&B. Lead singer
plight of the rural working class in America.
"Proud Mary," CCR's third charting single,
was the first one to really grab me.
and become equally enchanted with
the killer bee, "Born On The Bayou."
became the most successful four-piece
American rock ‘n roll band of all time,
scoring 9 consecutive Top 10 chart singles
and sales of over 100 million worldwide!
TONY JOE WHITE
be boiled three times to remove the toxins. For a long
time poke salad was a staple of southern cuisine
despite physician warnings that boiling did not
completely leach the poison from the plant.
the Billboard chart. "Polk Salad Annie" first became
popular in Texas dance clubs. It stayed alive
long enough to catch on around the country
and become a top 10 hit, the biggest
of White's career.
Who is this girl
and what does
she have to do
with the price of
eggs in China?
Find out next
time in Part 2 of
The Spirit of '69!