Years: 1966 - 1967; 1968 - 1971
Styles: Folk, Psychedelic Rock
Jim Cherniss - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Spencer Dryden - Drums (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Barbara Robison - Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Alan Brackett - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1967; 1968 - 1971)
John Merrill - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1967; 1968 - 1971)
Pat Taylor - Vocals (in band: 1968 - 1971)
Jim Voight - Drums (in band: 1968 - 1971)
The Ashes were a folk-rock group formed in 1965 that included John Merrill (guitar/ vocals), Alan Brackett (bass/ vocals), Barbara Robison (vocals), Spencer Dryden (drums) and Jim Cherniss (guitar/ vocals).
From the summer of 1965 up until May of 1966, the Ashes served as the house band at a club in Santa Monica called the Waleback. They released their first single under their new moniker in 1966: "Is There Anything I Can Do?" b/w "Every Little Prayer" (Vault 924). The a-side was written by Jackie DeShannon and featured a fine lead vocal from Barbara Robison. Around the time of the first Ashes single, Spencer Dryden left to replace Skip Spence in Jefferson Airplane. Jim Cherniss also exited the group at this time.
With the addition of two new members, the band was transformed into the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, who of course recorded two albums for Columbia in 1967. John Merrill resurrected Ashes in late 1968, around the same time that Alan Brackett was working on the tracks that would ultimately constitute the PBC's "For Children of All Ages" album.
The new Ashes recorded their debut self-titled LP for Vault Records that year; it stands today as a staple of the collector's market, routinely fetching $50 or more on eBay. The album also featured singer Pat Taylor standing in for Barbara Robison (who could not appear on the record due to contractual obligations). The LP's release was delayed until 1970, while two songs from the record-- "Homeward Bound" b/w "Sleeping Serenade" (Vault 975)-- were issued as a 45 in 1971.
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