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Blue Cheer
United States

Years: 1966 - 1971; 1974 – 1975; 1978 – 1979; 1983 – 1994; 1999 – 2009
Styles: Acid Rock, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Psychedelic Rock

Founder

Eric Albronda - Drums (in band: 1967)
Leigh Stephens - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1967 - 1968)
Dickie Peterson - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1967 - 2009)

Members

Vale Hamanaka - Keyboards (in band: 1967)
Jere Whiting - Harmonica, Vocals (in band: 1967)
Paul Whaley - Drums (in band: 1967 - 1969; 1969; 1984 - 1985; 1990 - 1993; 1999 - 2005; 2005 - 2009)
Jerre Peterson - Guitar (in band: 1967; 1972 - 1975)
Randy Holden - Guitar (in band: 1968 - 1969)
Mitch Mitchell - Drums (in band: 1969)
Bruce Stephens - Guitar, Percussion (in band: 1969 - 1970)
Ralph Burns Kellogg - Keyboards (in band: 1969 - 1972)
Norman Mayell - Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1969 - 1972)
Gary Lee Yoder - Acoustic guitar , Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1970 - 1972)
Troy Spence Jr - Guitar (in band: 1972 - 1974)
James L. Curry - Drums (in band: 1972 - 1974)
Terry Rae - Drums (in band: 1974 - 1975)
Ruben de Fuentes - Guitar (in band: 1974 - 1975; 1987 - 1988)
Nick St. Nicholas - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1975)
Mike Fleck - Drums (in band: 1978 - 1979)
Tony Rainer - Backing vocals, Lead guitar (in band: 1978 - 1979; 1984 - 1987)
Brent Harknett - Drums (in band: 1985 - 1987)
Billy Carmassi - Drums (in band: 1987)
Eric Davis - Drums (in band: 1987 - 1988)
Dave Salce - Drums (in band: 1988 - 1990)
Andrew "Duck" MacDonald - Backing vocals, Lead guitar (in band: 1988 - 1990; 1999 - 2005; 2005 - 2009)
Dieter Saller - Guitar (in band: 1990 - 1993)
Gary Holland - Drums (in band: 1993 - 1994)
Prairie Prince - Drums (in band: 2005)
Joe Hasselvander - Drums (in band: 2005)

Biography

Old Music Encyclopedia Picture     "Formed in 1967 in San Francisco, they orginally went by the name San Francisco Blues Band and had six members. They saw the Jimmi Hendrix Experience at the Monterey Pop Festival and immediately trimmed down to more manageable trio and in 1968 had a huge national hit with their heavy fuzz-laden version of "Summertime Blues".[1]

     "San Francisco-based Blue Cheer was what, in the late ‘60s, they used to call a „power trio”: Dickie Peterson, Paul Whaley and Leigh Stephens. They played what later was called heavy metal, and when they debuted in January 1968 with the album "Vincebus Eruptum" and a Top 40 cover of Eddie Cochran’s hit “Summertime Blues”, they sounded louder and more extreme than anything that had come before them. As it turned out, they were a precursor of much that would come after. Unfortunately, Blue Cheer itself didn’t get much chance to profit from its prescience. Shortly after its breakthrough, the group was wracked by personnel changes."[2]

     Blue Cheer first album nearly made the Top 10, but they failed to capitalize on any future releases.     The band built cult following based on their claim to being the "loudest" band in the world and boasting of a card carryng Hell'a Angel as manager. The groups proto-heavy metal style helped create yhe genre of seventies later popularized by bands like Led Zeppelin.


1. The Psychedelic Rock Files by Jerry Lucky 2002 Edition ISBN 1-896522-97-1
2. All Music Guide to Rock. The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop and Soul. 3rd Edition 2002. Edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, page 115 -  William Ruhlmann

    Albums

    Vincebus Eruptum (Jan, 1968)
    Outsideinside (Aug, 1968)
    New! Improved! (Mar, 1969)
    Blue Cheer (Dec, 1969)
    Original Human Being (Nov 3, 1970)
    Oh! Pleasant Hope (Apr, 1971)
    Beast Is Back (1985)
    Highlights and Lowlives (1990)
    Dining with the Sharks (1991)
    What Doesn't Kill You... (Aug 21, 2007)

    Singles & EPs

    Summertime Blues / Out Of Focus (Jan, 1968)
    Just A Little Bit / Gypsy Ball (Jun, 1968)
    Feathers From Your Tree / Sun Cycle (Oct, 1968)
    West Coast Child of Sunshine / When It All Gets Old (Apr, 1969)
    All Night Long / Fortunes (Nov, 1969)
    Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham / Natural Men (Feb, 1970)
    Fool / Ain't That the Way (Jun, 1970)
    Pilot / Babaji (Dec, 1970)

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