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North California Groups : E

The information on the North California Groups pages was compiled by Gray Newell based on research by: Alec Palao, Corry Arnold, Ben Chaput, Joey Dryfka, Mike Dugo, Ross Hannan, Vernon Joynson, Gray Newell, Stephane Rebeschini, Obert Sonsten, Jason Sweitzer Bruce Tahsler and Max Waller.

These pages were originally made available on the North California Groups website which, unfortunately, no longer exists. The pages are provided here as an archive of that site and are currently being updated at irregular intervals.

The information is presented alphabetically by group name:

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Don Shephard - guitar, vocals
Bob Wence - guitar, vocals
Jody Wence - keyboards, vocals
Danny Monigold - bass
Reggie Shaffer - drums
Larry Hosford - guitar, bass
Terry Shehorn - guitar

1966 I Can't Do It/Long Before - Link-l 45
1966 I Can't Do It/Long Before - Dot 16864 45
1966 She Moves Me/Love Of The Loved - Sunburst SBM 45-001 45
1967 Put The Clock Back On The Wall/4th Street - Tower 325 45
1967 Big City/Back To Me - Uptown 754 45

1984 The E-Types versus The Mystlc Tide - Eva 12037 LP
1996 Introducing The E Types - Sundazed SC 11026 CD
1998 Live At The Rainbow Ballroom! - Beat Rocket BR 103 LP

Originating in Salinas the E Types were a regular feature in Battle Of The Bands competitions in the San Jose area. After some local success with their debut single they were given national exposure when it was reissued on the Dot label. They were known as the "Salinas Beatles" and the group included Beatles songs in their live set, along with Yardbirds, Beau Brummels and Dylan covers. Their own material was excellent too, combining 3 part harmony vocals with atmospheric instrumentation. Their second 45 was produced by Ed Cobb, the b-side, Love Of The Loved, being an unreleased Beatles composition. They are best remembered for their acid inspired Put The Clock Back On The Wall. After they split in 1968 their final recording, Friendly Indians, appeared on the San Francisco International Pop Festival compilation album, but was credited to the fictitious group Charolette Wood. Larry Hosford later went on to play with Snail and Shelter in the 1970's.


Earth Mother was vocalist Jane Dornacker, who was an occasional member of The Final Solution circa 1965, where she played keyboards and tambourine. On the few occasions she appeared with the band they were billed as Earth Mother and the Final Solution.


A play on the name East Bay Municipal Utilities District, the local power company for Oakland and Berkeley. No info is available for this group at the present time.


No information is available for this group at the present time.


Dick Fletcher - guitar vocals
John Glazier - guitar
Craig Parker - organ
Dick Sidman - drums
Dana Morgan - bass
Tom Harther - bass

Scarey Business / You Remind Me Of Her Titan FF-1735 1966

Formed at Menlo College in 1965 and originally know as Lothar & The Hand People, they split up in late 1966 before the 45 was released, The Electric Company moniker was devised by George Brown head of Titan records purely for the Scarey Business release. Dana Morgan who had previously played bass with The Warlocks replaced Tom Harther in early 1966. Dick Sidman Craig Parker and John Glazier were also in Generation. Two previously unreleased tracks, You're Wrong and See Me Sometime, were issued on the Big Beat Scarey Business compilation in 2001.


Mike Bloomfield - guitar
Harvey Brooks - bass
Marcus Doubleday - trumpet
Barry Goldberg - organ
Nick Gravenites - vocals
Buddy Miles - drums
Herbie Rich - guitar
Pete Strazza - sax

1967 The Trip (Soundtrack) Sidewalk T/ST 5908 LP
1968 A Long Time Comin' Columbia CS 9597 LP
1969 Electric Flag Columbia CS 9714 LP

The group Mike Bloomfield formed after leaving the Paul Butterfield Blues Band had their first exposure as the American Music Band, providing the soundtrack to the Peter Fonda acid movie The Trip. As well as Bloomfield, the band included Buddy Miles on drums and keyboard player Barry Goldberg who had previously been a member of Steve Miller's band. They changed their name to The Electric Flag and, after a phenomenal debut appearance at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967, Columbia signed them up. Their first album, a mix of blues, jazz, psych and soul titled A Long Time Comin', was released the following year, but Bloomfield had left the band before it was even released, a casualty of the inter group frictions that would eventually lead to it's demise. After recording their third eponymously titled album in 1969 they split up, Buddy Miles to form Buddy Miles Express and be a member of the Band Of Gypsy's with Jimi Hendrix, whilst Bloomfield teamed up with Al Kooper for the Super Session project that also included contributions from Steven Stills.


No information is available for this group at the present time.


Paul ? - organ
John ? - vocal
Steve? - bass
Jack? - lead guitar
Bill "Plumpy" Bowen - drums

1984 Try Harder / Through Winter And Sunshine Moxie M-106

A short lived Marin County outfit, circa 1965/66, the line up included Bill Bowen on drums. The Moxie 45 was a previously unreleased acetate recorded at Golden State recording studio.


A garage band from San Jose circa 1966/69. Played the Aquarian Family Festival, Santa Cruz Showgrounds, San Jose 1969.


No information is available for this group at the present time.


A short lived name adopted by The Grateful Dead after they had abandoned the Warlocks moniker after finding there was another group using that name. They recorded some demos using this name at Golden State Recorders in 1965.


An East Bay soul/frat group circa 1967.


Butch Engle - Vocals
Rich Morrison - Drums
Harry Smith - Bass
Mike Pardee - Organ
Bob Zamnora - Lead Guitar
Larry Gerughty - Keyboards

1966 I Like Her / Going Home Loma 2065 45
1967 Hey I'm Lost / Puppetmaster Onyx 2200 45

2000 No Matter What You Say - Beat Rocket BRCD 106 CD

A Mill Valley group who had previously been known as Butch Engle and the Showmen, but after some personnel changes became The Styx. They came under the patronage of the Beau Brummel's guitarist Ron Elliot who wrote a lot of their material, and who organised an unsuccessful audition for them with Autumn records in 1965. Eventually they won the Band Bash at the Cow Palace in 1966, and the subsequent recording contract resulted in the sessions that produced the debut single. After one final 45 they split up, but many of their previously unheard recordings have surfaced on the Big Beat Nuggets From The Golden State compilations as well as the Beat Rocket collection, No Matter What you Say.


No information is available for this group at the present time.


Bobby Winkelman - guitar/vocals
Ed Flickenger - keyboards
Nino Rugirello - guitar
Rick Moxley - bass
Jimmy Fulton - drums

Homesick/Humpty Dumpty, Love 670312, 1967

From Walnut Creek the Epics released one 45 on their Love label. Bob Winkelman went on to join Frumious Bandersnatch in early 1968, at which point the Epics split up.


From San Francisco, circa 1967, no further information is available for this group at the present time.


Chip Baker - vocals, guitar
Chris Hills - vocals, lead guitar, drums
Jim Pepper - vocals, flute
Lee Reinoehl - organ, trumpet
John Waller - drums
Jim Zitro - drums

1969 Everything Is Everything Vanguard VSD-6512 LP
1970 Comin' Outta The Ghetto Embryo SD 734 LP

1968 Witchi Tai To/Ooh Baby Vanguard Apostolic VRS-35082 45
1969 You Don't Need No Music/Ya Hay Ho Vanguard 35097 45

A jazz rock outfit who had a modest hit with Witchi Tai To. Hill, Baker and Pepper had previously been in Free Spirits, another jazz group. The second album was credited to Chris Hill's Everything Is Everything.


A San Leandro teen garage band circa 1967.

Last updated December 2008