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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 10:13 PM

The first American disco, Whisky A Go Go, opened in Los Angeles in 1964.

See becksbolero's post below...

[Edited on 1/9/2007 by Libby]

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 10:24 PM
Saw the Allman Brothers Band with Duane Allman there twice. Mahavishnu Orchestra too. Small, funky dive of a place. Great place.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 11:38 PM
actually the whisky opened in 1964. johnny rivers was the first act to play there. the doors, after they formed in 1966, were house band for a short period before they got fired after morisson's oedipal debut of "the end".

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 11:43 PM
Damn gasoline was high back then !

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 12:14 AM
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Damn gasoline was high back then !


sad thing is that today in caracas it's still less per gallon than it was here 30 some years ago.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 12:15 AM
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Damn gasoline was high back then !


Ha, yeah, that's what i was thinking when i saw that photo.

and don't rear end that pinto...

geez, my first job pumping gas, i think the price was about 48 cents a gallon...

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 12:22 AM
and for all you "Curved Air" fans...


Early in 1968, drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa and bassist friend Rob Martin were introduced to guitarist and keyboard virtuoso Francis Monkman, who was studying at the Royal Academy of Music. The trio jammed together and played cover tunes at local parties.

Soon afterwards, Francis met Royal College of Music student Darryl Way in a London music shop. Recognizing a kindred musical spirit, Darryl introduced Francis to a pianist friend named Nick Simon, and along with Florian and Rob, the band Sisyphus was formed. Shortly thereafter Simon left, and Francis began doubling on keyboards and guitar. The group decided a new name was in order and Francis suggested using a shortened version of Terry Riley's composition "A Rainbow in Curved Air."

That same year, folksinger Sonja Kristina was performing in the London production of "Hair." The producer, Galt McDermott, had a second play, "Who the Murderer Was," running concurrently in Notting Hill Gate. The pit band for "Murderer..." was Curved Air. It was suggested that Sonja audition as the new singer for the band. The sound came together quickly, and the new group soon became the first British band signed by Warner Brothers.

Their inaugural album, "Airconditioning," was the first rock picture disc, and included the single "It Happened Today," and the live favorite "Vivaldi." An intriguing blend of electronics, progressive rock, acoustic folk, classical flourishes, and a bit of jazz fusion, the album reached number 8 in the British charts.

The personnel changes that were to plague the band began in April of 1970, as Rob Martin left and was replaced by Ian Eyre. Between concert tours, the new lineup recorded the "Second Album." This record included their only Top 5 hit, "Back Street Luv." Ian Eyre soon departed and was replaced by Mike Wedgwood. Their next single, "Sarah's Concern," while a worthy effort, made little impact. "Phantasmagoria," their third successive Top 20 album, was released in the spring of 1972. Unfortunately, following tours of the UK and USA, the band fell apart, citing the usual "musical differences and personality clashes." Only Sonja and Mike remained to rebuild the band.

Teenage prodigies Kirby Gregory and Eddie Jobson along with drummer Jim Russell were recruited and the "Air Cut" album was released in 1973. However, this version of the band lasted only a few months. The original band members, along with new American bassist Phil Kohn, temporarily reunited for a UK tour in December, 1974. The tour yielded a lovely souvenir the critically acclaimed Curved Air "Live" album. Sonja and Darryl decided to soldier on and brought in guitarist Mick Jacques, drummer Stewart Copeland and bassist Tony Reeves. This quintet was on the road almost continuously throughout 1975 and 1976, but found time to produce the final two Curved Air studio albums, "Midnight Wire" and "Airborne."

Curved Air regrouped occasionally in the 80's and 90's the last such reunion resulted in the recently released CD, "Alive, 1990."

Curved Air were a truly unique band which synthesized an eclectic blend of musical styles into an instantly identifiable sound. Those who were there in person to witness the violin pyrotechnics of Darryl Way, the soaring guitar and virtuosic keyboards of Francis Monkman, the nimble percussion of Florian Pilkington-Miksa, and the sultry, silken vocals of Sonja Kristina are fortunate, indeed.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 12:25 AM
and of course, the Stampeders....


The Stampeders' only release during 1969 was "Cross-Walk" b/w "I Don't Know Where I'm At Sometimes" on the Melbourne label, distributed by London Records. Quality Records, then a major independent label in Canada, became interested in the band. By mid-1970, The Stampeders were in the studio working on their first album, "Against The Grain".

"Carry Me", the first single from this session, quickly hit the top of the Canadian charts, garnering the band it's first gold record. Simultaneously released on Polydor in the U.S., the single got lots of play but didn't quite make the charts. Canadian success, however, allowed the band to complete the album with one of their favorite recording engineers, TERRY BROWN. The resulting LP, "Against The Grain," was concurrently released with the next single, "Sweet City Woman" b/w "Gator Road." The band, along with it's new road crew -- Bob Luffman, Joel Wikhammer and Ian 'Snake' Dunbar -- was finally on it's way.

The summer of 1971 saw "Sweet City Woman" climb the charts to the Number One position across Canada, catching the attention of the American label, Bell Records. The band was signed immediately and Bell rush-released the single in the U.S. Even though it was up against classic songs like The Doors' "Riders On The Storm," Paul and Linda McCartney's "Uncle Albert," and James Taylor's "You've Got A Friend," "Sweet City Woman" climbed the Billboard charts, reaching the Number Eight spot on September 11, 1971. The band recalls the time they pulled over to the side of the road at four-o'clock in the morning, while enroute back to Toronto from a gig, and jumped around the car with excitement after hearing "Sweet City Woman" fading in on radio station WABC in New York City as the Number One record of the week. Bell records renamed the album "Sweet City Woman" for the U.S. market to capitalize on the success of the single.



Next came 'JUNO AWARDS' (Canada's version of 'The Grammy') for 'Best Vocal Instrumental Group,' 'Best Producer,' 'Best Single' and 'Best Composer' -- and their first European tour. In 1972, at the request of their U.K. label, EMI, The Stampeders toured The United Kingdom. Upon their arrival, they discovered that their American hit, "Sweet City Woman," had already been covered by The Dave Clark Five. Dates included the Marquee in London, the Hard-Rock Theatre in Manchester and appearances on BBC Radio and "Top Of The Pops." Both Phillips and Bovema-EMI Records helped support the balance of the tour through Holland, Germany, Denmark, France and the rest of Europe with British rock band, Steam Hammer. Holland was especially receptive to the band, partly due to the fact that Ronnie King (Cornelis Van Sprang) was a fellow Dutchman, having been born in Rotterdam.

In Holland, The Stampeders received the prestigious 'EDISON AWARD' for "Most Promising Group," along with Ry Cooder and Beach Boy, Carl Wilson. Carl was in session at the time, along with the rest of The Beach Boys, recording their classic "Holland" album. During this visit, The Stampeders had the privilege of staying at Amsterdam's Hotel Weichman with the infamous Eagles. While Kim and Rich shared road experiences with Eagle drummer, Don Henley, Ronnie King and some of the other band members spent their time window-shopping in the famed, Amsterdam red-light district, only to find themselves locked out of the hotel upon their return.

1972 also took The Stampeders to Los Angeles to perform at the legendary "Whisky A-Go-Go" and tape their appearances on "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" and "The Dating Game." While hanging out at The Troubadour in Hollywood, Ronnie King met Keith Moon, drummer of The Who. Keith took a liking to Ronnie and asked him what he and The Stampeders were doing the next night. It happened to be Keith's birthday and he wondered if The Stampeders might be available to play at his party at The Beverly Hills' Wiltshire Hotel. Ronnie quickly replied, "Of course," and The Stampeders ended up on stage performing for some of Hollywood's rock elite and jamming with Keith Moon. Attendees at the party included Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, Neilson, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and the then-infamous porno star, Linda Lovelace.

Signing with U.S. booking agency, Premier Talent, in 1971 led to American tour appearances with Jim Dandy and Black Oak Arkansas, Santana, Joe cocker, Steve Miller, The James Gang, Robin Trower, Steely Dan, Sonny and Cher, The Beach Boys, ZZ Top, The Eagles, Earth, Wind And Fire, Mountain, America, Tower Of Power, Blood, Sweat and Tears and Genesis. Establishing themselves as a good concert draw in the U.S., The Stampeders played everywhere from New York to Hawaii, including Los Angeles, Reno, Disneyland and the much-sought-after southern-college circuit.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 02:23 AM
Libby, this thread will keep us going well into the next century.

The first time I visited L.A., in the mid-'80s, I was walking around Hollywood while my friend was at work, and there was the Whiskey. It was afternoon, but I had to go in and just kinda soak it in. Very nice.

Slight problem: All the bands listed on the calendar were metal, probably of the hair kind. I could still imagine, though . . . . And Mahavishnu Orchestra, too, nitelite?!

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 03:51 AM



the whisky back in the 70's


There is a decimal place in the gas prices

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 02:37 PM
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Libby, this thread will keep us going well into the next century.

The first time I visited L.A., in the mid-'80s, I was walking around Hollywood while my friend was at work, and there was the Whiskey. It was afternoon, but I had to go in and just kinda soak it in. Very nice.

Slight problem: All the bands listed on the calendar were metal, probably of the hair kind. I could still imagine, though . . . . And Mahavishnu Orchestra, too, nitelite?!


Yeah, the first incarnation of Mahavishnu - Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Rick Laird, Jerry Goodman, McLaughlin...there was this beautiful woman sitting alone and I rose out of my seat to go say hi just as Billy Cobham came out and sat next to her...Cobham was built like a linebacker! In a small club like the Whisky when he hit the drums it seemed like the windows were gonna blow out. Unbelievable chopsfest - different time signatures rolling over one another, very, very loud, McLaughlin playing that doubleneck 6/12 string all dressed in white, perfect execution of incredibly complex arrangements at very high speeds...that was musicianship.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 02:40 PM
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actually the whisky opened in 1964. johnny rivers was the first act to play there. the doors, after they formed in 1966, were house band for a short period before they got fired after morisson's oedipal debut of "the end".

http://www.answers.com/topic/whisky-a-go-go


johnny rivers at the whisky a go go


the whisky back in the 70's






Waiting in line the 2nd time I saw the ABB there a limo pulls right up in front..out come Duane and Gregg..shades on at 8 p.m., pale and skinny...someone from the club comes out, shakes Duane's hand and whisks them into the building.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 05:15 PM
Photo by Mike Dillon May 10, 2006:



Exterior shot of the Whisky circa 1970's.


 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 05:18 PM
Unfortunately, the magazine in which I caught that inaccurate information has gone to the recycling center. I'd like to send 'em an email correcting their error.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 05:20 PM
It looked kinda like White Castle back in the 70's, eh?

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 05:21 PM

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 06:17 PM

 

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  posted on 1/9/2007 at 07:07 PM
OMG - can you imagine... Byrds, Doors, and Buffalo Springfield in one little club show

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 12:49 AM
Dang, nitelite!
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Yeah, the first incarnation of Mahavishnu - Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Rick Laird, Jerry Goodman, McLaughlin...there was this beautiful woman sitting alone and I rose out of my seat to go say hi just as Billy Cobham came out and sat next to her...Cobham was built like a linebacker! In a small club like the Whisky when he hit the drums it seemed like the windows were gonna blow out. Unbelievable chopsfest - different time signatures rolling over one another, very, very loud, McLaughlin playing that doubleneck 6/12 string all dressed in white, perfect execution of incredibly complex arrangements at very high speeds...that was musicianship.
Inner Mounting Flame has been in daily rotation on one of my CD players since New Year's. I was listening to the whole thing this afternoon.

It must have been unreal to see that live, nitelite, all that strength and speed and tightness. Just wailing, and Billy with about the hardest-hitting and fastest drums ever. Yet it was all funky and swinging like mad, too! I have seen a clip from Don Kirshner's Rock Concert or something--30 years after witnessing that very show on its first airing. That combo was one of those alltime peaks of music the likes of which we might not quite see again.

 

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Dang, nitelite!
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Yeah, the first incarnation of Mahavishnu - Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Rick Laird, Jerry Goodman, McLaughlin...there was this beautiful woman sitting alone and I rose out of my seat to go say hi just as Billy Cobham came out and sat next to her...Cobham was built like a linebacker! In a small club like the Whisky when he hit the drums it seemed like the windows were gonna blow out. Unbelievable chopsfest - different time signatures rolling over one another, very, very loud, McLaughlin playing that doubleneck 6/12 string all dressed in white, perfect execution of incredibly complex arrangements at very high speeds...that was musicianship.
Inner Mounting Flame has been in daily rotation on one of my CD players since New Year's. I was listening to the whole thing this afternoon.

It must have been unreal to see that live, nitelite, all that strength and speed and tightness. Just wailing, and Billy with about the hardest-hitting and fastest drums ever. Yet it was all funky and swinging like mad, too! I have seen a clip from Don Kirshner's Rock Concert or something--30 years after witnessing that very show on its first airing. That combo was one of those alltime peaks of music the likes of which we might not quite see again.


Inner Mounting Flame in its entirety constituted almost all of their set. They made ridiculously complex music swing like crazy and they were absolutely blowing furiously on stage. Saw a later incarnation and they were much tamer yet of course still brilliant. I do indeed feel lucky to have seen that first insane lineup.

 

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