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William Penn and His Pals / William Penn Fyve

William Penn and His Pals evolved out of an earlier group, the DiscCounts who got together at the College of San Mateo in late 1964. The group adopted the William Penn name in the early months of 1965 by which time the line-up was Neil Holtmann (guitar), Ron Cox (drums, vocals), Dave Lovell (keyboards), Mike Shapiro (guitar) and Steve Leidenthal (bass). An additional guitarist, Jack Shelton, was added after a few months. Gregg Rolie replaced Dave Lovell at the start of 1966. Mickey Hart was a member of the band for a short period in 1966. The group released at least one single in 1966. The single was released using the band name The William Penn Fyve. The group disbanded in 1967.

Note that the group William Penn and His Quakers who also recorded and performed in the Bay Area in the 1966 to 1967 were a different band.

Additions, corrections and comments are welcome


info William Penn and His Pals, William Penn and His Pals, 2003


no info Swami / Blow My Mind, William Penn and His Pals, 1966, Thunderbyrd 502

Inclusion on various artists compilations

info Pebbles Vol. 3, Various Artists, 1979 (BFD LP series)
info Sounds Of The Sixties San Francisco Part 2, Various Artists, 1985
info Punk Classics, Vol. 3: Straight From The Garage, Various Artists, 1987
info Pebbles Box, Various Artists, 1989
info Pebbles Vol. 3: The Acid Gallery, Various Artists, 1992 (AIP CD series)
info Great Pebbles, Various Artists, 1993
info Scorpio Records Story, Various Artists, 1994
info The Essential Pebbles Collection, Vol. 1, Various Artists, 1997
info Pebbles, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 199? (ESD CD series)
info Trash Box, Various Artists, 199?
info Garage Beat '66 Vol. 6: Speak of the Devil..., Various Artists, 2007

Last updated Jan 2007