Sparks is the musical partnership of American keyboardist–songwriter Ron Mael and his vocalist brother Russell Mael. They first recorded as Halfnelson, a quintet with drummer Harley Feinstein and another set of brothers, guitarist Earle Mankey and guitarist–bassist Jim Mankey. They signed to Bearsville for the 1971 release Halfnelson, produced by Todd Rundgren. Soon after, they […]

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa (December 21, 1940 — December 4, 1993) was an American musician, composer, producer, and bandleader with a career that spanned three decades. He emerged as the frontman of the Mothers of Invention, an LA-based avant-garde rock band that combined pop parody with psychedelia and free jazz on the 1966–69 albums Freak Out!, Absolutely […]

The Doors

The Doors were an American rock band that released six studio albums between 1967 and 1971 on Elektra. They formed when keyboardist Ray Manzarek invited poet Jim Morrison to front his band with guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. The Doors emerged as the houseband at the Los Angeles hotspot Whisky A Go Go […]

Little Feat

Little Feat are an American rustic funk-rock band from Los Angeles that released seven studio albums and a live double-LP on Warner Bros. between 1971 and 1979. Guitarist–bandleader Lowell George hailed from the Mothers of Invention. After his death in 1979, a revised lineup of Little Feat issued sporadic albums and toured constantly during the […]


Love was an American psych-rock band from Los Angeles that released four albums between 1966 and 1969 on Elektra. Members: Arthur Lee (vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica, drums), Bryan MacLean (guitar, vocals, 1965-68, 1977-78), Johnny Echols (guitar, 1965-68, 2004-05), John Fleckenstein (bass, 1965), Ken Forssi (bass, 1965-68), Don Conka (drums, 1965, 1991), Alban “Snoopy” Pfisterer (drums, […]


Spirit was an American psych-rock band from Los Angeles that released three 1968/69 albums on Ode Records, followed by two 1970–72 albums on Epic and a four-album 1975–77 run on Mercury. Members: Randy California (guitar, vocals, 1967-72, 1974-97), Ed Cassidy (drums, 1967-72, 1974-97), John Locke (keyboards, 1967-72, 1976, 1982-85, 1988-89), Mark Andes (bass, 1967-71, 1974, […]

Captain Beyond

Captain Beyond was an English-American hard-rock band that released the 1972–73 Capricorn albums Captain Beyond and Sufficiently Breathless. They featured original Deep Purple singer Rod Evans and two Iron Butterfly graduates: guitarist Larry Reinhardt and bassist Lee Dorman. Drummer Bobby Caldwell left after the first album but resurrected Captain Beyond with new musicians for the […]


Kaleidoscope was an American psychedelic folk-rock band from Los Angeles led by banjo, fiddle, and mandolin player David Lindley. They released the 1967 Epic albums Side Trips and A Beacon From Mars, followed by the 1969–70 titles The Incredible Kaleidoscope and Bernice. Members: David Lindley (banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Solomon Feldthouse (saz, bouzouki, Dobro, […]

A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey was an American soul-funk band from Los Angeles, best known for their disco hit “Boogie Oogie Oogie” and their cover of the Japanese ballad “Sukiyaki.” They released four albums between 1978 and 1982 on Capitol. Members: Greg Walker (vocals, 1971-76), Janice Marie Johnson (vocals, bass, guitar, 1971-present), Perry Kibble (keyboards, 1971-80), […]