Touch

Touch were an American psych-rock band from Portland, Ore., that released a self-titled album on London-subsidiary Coliseum (U.S.) and Deram (U.K.) in 1969. Members: Jeff Hawks (vocals), Joey Newman (guitar), Don Gallucci (keyboards), Bruce Hauser (bass), John Bordonaro (drums) Touch emerged from the final lineup of Portland popsters Don & The Goodtimes, which featured vocalist […]

Gandalf

Gandalf were an American psych-rock band from NYC that recorded a self-titled album in 1967 for Capitol, which belatedly issued the album in 1969. The band originally recorded as The Rahgoos and alternately cut a single for RCA as The Barracuda. Members: Peter Sando (guitar), Bob Muller (bass), Frank Hubach (piano, electric piano, harpsichord, organ), […]

Linn County

Linn County was an American psych-rock band that released the 1968/69 Mercury albums Proud Flesh Soothseer and Fever Shot, followed by the 1970 Philips release Till the Break of Dawn. Members: Stephen Miller (vocals, keyboards), Fred Walk (guitar, sitar), Larry Easter (woodwinds), Dino Long (bass), Ray “Snake” McAndrew (drums), Clark Pierson (drums) They formed as […]

Power of Zeus

The Power of Zeus were an American hard-rock/psych band from Detroit that released the album The Gospel According to Zeus on Motown-subsidiary Rare Earth in 1970. The band gigged for two years prior as Gangrene but changed names as a condition of their contract. Members: Joe Periano (guitar), Bill Jones (bass), Dennie Webber (Hammond organ, […]

Love Craft

H.P. Lovecraft were an American psych-rock band from Chicago that released two albums with accompanying singles on Philips in 1967/68. The lineup underwent numerous changes and disbanded in San Francisco in 1968. The following year, guitarist/frontman George Edwards and drummer Michael Tegza assembled a new lineup under the abbreviated name Lovecraft, which issued the album […]

Lee Michaels

Lee Michaels is an American organist, singer, and songwriter who released six studio albums and a live disc on A&M between 1968 and 1973, followed by two mid-’70s titles on Columbia. He’s best known for his 1971 organ rocker “Do You Know What I Mean.” He was born Michael Olsen in Los Angeles on November […]

Buzzy Linhart

Buzzy Linhart (March 3, 1943 — Feb. 13, 2020) was an American musician and songwriter who released five albums between 1969 and 1981 and fronted the band Music on a 1971 release on Buddah. Early Life He was born William Charles Linhart in Pittsburgh, Penn., and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. From age seven, he played […]

Crazy Elephant

Crazy Elephant were an American psych-rock band from Camden, NJ, that released a self-titled album on Bell in 1969. Two years earlier, they self-released a single as The Livin’ End. Their album was produced by bubblegum stalwarts Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz. Drummer Bob Avery hailed from garage-rockers The Music Explosion. Keyboardist Larry Laufer subsequently […]

Quill

Quill were an American psych-rock band from Massachusetts that released a self-titled album on Cotillion in 1970. Drummer Roger North played in a later edition of the Holy Modal Rounders. Members: Dan Cole (vocals, guitar, trombone), Norm Rogers (guitar, bass, cello, vocals), Jon Cole (bass, guitar, vocals), Phil Thayer (keyboards, bass, saxophone, vocals), Roger North […]

Stained Glass

Stained Glass were an American psych-rock band from San Jose that released four singles on RCA Victor in 1966/67, followed by two albums on Capitol in 1969. The members initially cut a single as The Trolls. Bassist/singer Jim McPherson subsequently surfaced in Copperhead. Members: Jim McPherson (bass, vocals), Dennis Carrasco (drums, vocals), Roger Hedge (guitar, […]

Omnibus

Omnibus were an American psych-rock band from New Milford, NJ, that released a self-titled album on United Artists in 1970. Vocalist Robert Wegrzyn released a solo album under the moniker Wenchin on Buddah in 1975. Members: Robert “Bob” Wegrzyn (vocals), Joseph “Jay” Polt (guitar), Al Raimondi (keyboards), Robert “Bob” Marcinczak (bass), and Jerry Garino (drums), […]

The Illusion

The Illusion were an American psych-rock band from New York that released three albums on Steed Records between 1969 and 1970. Drummer Mike Ricciardella, keyboardist Mike Maniscalco, and guitarist Rich Cerniglia regrouped in hard-rockers Wiggy Bits in 1976. Maniscalco and Ricciardella subsequently reunited with Illusion-vocalist John Vinci in the band Network, which issued two 1977/78 […]

Christopher

Christopher were an American psych-rock band from Houston that released a self-titled album on Metromedia in 1970. Members: Doug Tull (drums), Doug Walden (bass, vocals), Richard Avitts (guitar, vocals), Leon Rudnicki (bass), Terence Hand (drums), Ron Kramer (percussion), John Simpson (drums) Discography: Christopher (1970)

Euclid

Euclid were an American hard-rock/psych band from Maine that released the album Heavy Equipment on Flying Dutchman in 1970. Guitarist/singer Gary Leavitt and his drumming brother Jay cut two singles with Dyer Brook garage-rockers The Cobras during the mid-1960s. Guitarist Ralph Mazzota hailed from Mass. psych-rockers Lazy Smoke. Members: Gary Leavitt (guitar, vocals), Maris Neibergers […]

Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf were an American psych-rock band from Denver that released two albums on Liberty in 1970/71, followed by an album apiece on Brut and Claridge. Members: Jerry Corbetta (vocals, keyboards), Rob Webber (guitar), Bob Raymond (bass), Bob MacVittie (drums, 1969-74), Bob Yeazel (guitar, 1971-73), Myron Pollack (drums, 1974-75) Discography: Sugarloaf (1970) Spaceship Earth (1971) I […]

Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly were an American psych-rock band from San Diego that released four albums and a live disc on Atco between 1968 and 1970, followed by a pair of albums on MCA in 1975. Members: Doug Ingle (organ, vocals, 1966-71, 1978-79), Danny Weis (guitar, 1966-67), Greg Willis (bass, 1966), Jack Pinney (drums, 1966), Darryl DeLoach […]

Earth Opera

Earth Opera were an American psych-rock band from Boston that released two albums on Elektra in 1968/69. Members: Peter Rowan (guitar, saxophone, vocals), David Grisman (mandolin, keyboards, saxophone, vocals), John Nagy (bass, cello), Paul Dillon (drums, guitar, percussion, vocals), Bill Stevenson (keyboards, vibraphone, 1967-68) Discography: Earth Opera (1968) The Great American Eagle Tragedy (1969)