Years: 1967 - 1969
Styles: Country, Folk, Psychedelic Rock
Ralph Molina - Drums, Vocals (in band: 1067 - 1969)
Billy Talbot - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1967 - 1969)
Danny Whitten - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1967 - 1969)
Leon Whitsell - Guitar (in band: 1967 - 1968; 1868 - 1969)
Bobby Notkoff - Violin (in band: 1967 - 1969)
George Whitsell - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1968 - 1969)
Danny & The Memories evolved over the course of several years into The Rockets, a psychedelic pop/folk rock ensemble that juxtaposed the rudimentary instrumental abilities of Talbot (bass), Molina (drums) and Whitten (rhythm guitar) against the more accomplished Bobby Notkoff (violin) and Leon Whitsell (lead guitar). After leaving the group as sessions for their first album commenced, the mercurial and reclusive Whitsell left the group and was promptly replaced by his younger brother George, a R&B-influenced guitarist also respected in the band's social circle. After Leon petitioned to return, it was decided that both Whitsells would remain in the group.
This sextet recorded The Rockets' only album, a self-titled set released in 1968 on White Whale Records. Whitten and Leon Whitsell contributed four songs apiece, with one song credited to Talbot and Molina and another ("Pill's Blues," the group's unofficial anthem) to George Whitsell. Whitten's "Let Me Go" was prominently covered by Three Dog Night on their 1968 debut; during this period, Danny Hutton considered recruiting Whitten for that band.
Although the album only sold about 5,000 copies, The Rockets soon reconnected with Neil Young, whom they had met two years earlier during the early days of Buffalo Springfield. In August 1968, three months after Buffalo Springfield dissolved, Young jammed with the group during a Rockets performance at the Whisky a Go Go; Molina would later recall that Young's idiosyncratically distinctive guitar style "blew George Whitsell's away. He was kind of overshadowed."
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