The Blue Notes I & II
[Late 1963 - 1967]
Rick Brown: voc, harmonica
Rick Moe: drums
Steve Whiting: bass
George Phelps: gtr
Glen "Ross" Campbell: steel gtr
Greg Treadway: gtr, kbds
Tony Hill: gtr, voc
[joined early 65]
Goldstones, [joined in 65]
[joined in 66]
[went to India]
[other Riverside bands]
The Misunderstood V
[left in 66]
You Don't Have To Go / Who's Been Talkin'
I Can Take You To The Sun / Who Do You Love
Children Of The Sun / I Unseen
Let Me Take You To The Sun *
Before The Dream Faded
* Also called Children Of The Sun
Started as a surf band in Riverside, California, USA. They changed their name in
1965 and was at about the same time discovered by English D.J. John
Ravenscroft (who later went home to Britain and changed his family name to Peel).
He sent the band to England in the summer of 1966. There is a story about four
long-haired Americans with luggage and gear standing outside the house of mrs.
Ravenscroft in Liverpool for hours while she desperately tries to reach her son in
California on the telephone.
They soon settled in London and made great impact on the early English
psychedelic scene (Pink Floyd, The Move etc.) and even managed to produce
two great psych singles late 66 / early 67. Some of the guys got military drafts and
had to go back to USA for a while, also there were drug problems. After a trip to
France they weren't allowed to enter the UK because their work permits had run
out. (The same happened to Australian Daevid Allen of Soft Machine at about the
same time. The British customs has quite a lot to answer for!) They spent some
time on the ferry to France and back again etc. Finally they were allowed to enter
the English soil but only to be sent back to America and an obvious split.