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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These pages were originally made available on the North California Groups website which, unfortunately, no longer exists.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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Played 10/6/66 The Ark, Sausalito Big Brother and The Holding Company and 10/21/66 Rollarena, San Leandro The Byrds/Peter Wheat & The Breadmen/The Baytovens as Jack and The Rippers


Appeared at the Matrix 08 - 10th September 1967 with Congress Of Wonders.


Dead Sea/Supersonic (Dot 16723) 1965
The Gorilla/You'll Turn Away (Dot 16931) 1966
You'll Turn Away/The Gorilla (Jaguar 101) 1966
Another Lonely Night/Night People Make It (Jaguar 102) 1966
St James Infirmary/Good Time (Jaguar 103) 1967

San Jose based. Played Cabrillo College stadium 9-2-67.


Played early shows at the Fillmore during 1966, including May 6/7 with Jefferson Airplane and May 13/14 with The Charlatans and The New Generation. Later evolved into the West Coast Distributors who made a decent psych-soul record for Jam-Cha in late 1967.


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


John Cross - lead guitar
Ric Kellen - drums
John Kellen - rhythm guitar
Tom La Flamme - bass

A teen outfit from Tiburon.


Signe Anderson - vocals
Marty Balin - guitar, vocals
Jack Casady - bass
Skip Spence - drums
Paul Kantner - guitar, vocals
Jorma Kaukonen - guitar, vocals
Spencer Dryden - percussion
Grace Slick - piano, organ, recorder, vocals

Takes Off RCA LSP 3584 1966
Surrealistic Pillow RCA LSP 3766 1967
After Bathing At Baxter's RCA LSP 1511 1967
Crown Of Creation RCA LSP 4058 1968
Bless Its Pointed Little Head RCA LSP 4133 1969
Volunteers RCA LSP 4238 1969
Bark Grunt FTR 1001 1971
Long John Silver Grunt FTR 1007 1972
Thirty Seconds Over Winterland Grunt BFL 1-0147 1973


Merrie Smith - vocals
Pam Bowen - vocals
Kathe Lower - tambourine, backing vocals
Malcolm Rockwell - guitar, banjo, electroluxophone
Alan Diamondstein - vocals, washtub bass, jug, guitar
John "Jacquot" Walsh - washtub bass
Karl Klein - washboard
James "Frenchman" Kohn - guitar

This memorably named jug band was from San Francisco and resided on Carl Street, practising in the basement of an apartment building at the corner of Carl and Cole Streets in the Haight. Group leader and songwriter Malcolm Rockwell, had previously been a member of another jug band, the Universal Panacea. In addition to their original material they also performed some Jim Kweskin numbers and often played with the likes of the Grateful Dead in Golden Gate Park, they also appeared at the Carousel Ballroom, UC Berkeley and on the KPFA radio station. They split up in mid 1969. John Walsh was a well-known medic at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic for a number of years before his death.

Thanks to Malcolm Rockwell and Kathe Todd.


A loose collection of artist/musicians, members included Tom Law and celebrated poster artist Rick Griffin. They played the 3rd Annual Benefit For Children's Day Camp billed as The New Improved Jook Savages.


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


Terry Garthwaite - vocals, guitar
David Garthwaite - bass
Toni Brown - keyboards, guitar, vocals
Ron Wilson - percussion
Fritz Kasten - drums

Joy of Cooking Capitol ST661 1971
Closer to the Ground Capitol SMAS 828 1971
Castles Capitol ST 11050 1972

Toni Brown & Terry Garthwaite
Cross-Country Capitol 11137 1973

Joy of Cooking incorporated jazz, blues, latin, country, folk and r&b into their repertoire of laid back songs. All the members were in their late 20's when the group formed in Berkeley in 1967, group leaders Terry Garthwaite and Toni Brown becoming icons of the feminist movement, pioneering women being taken seriously as musicians. They originally started as a duo called Gourmet's Delight before adding David Garthwaite, Terry's younger brother, on bass. Next came Fritz Kasten on drums who had played in the pre Janis Joplin line up of Big Brother & The Holding Company and Ron Wilson, a classically trained pianist. They played around the bay area over the next few years building up a large fan base and a good reputation as a live act before being signed to Capitol in 1970. Their self-titled debut was well received and they toured nationally to promote it, releasing two further albums in the following 18 months after which the group disbanded whilst recording an unreleased fourth album, Same Old Song And Dance, in 1973. In 1972 Toni and Terry went to Nashville to record Cross-Country as a duo and continued to work together well into the seventies as well as having solo careers, Terry recording up to the present time.


Joy Ride. As I said, we were Byrds/Jefferson Airplane totally, and existed only during my senior year of high school. So, fall '66-'summer '67. Gigs? Excuse me while I stop laughing ;-) One, a local AM station-sponsored Battle of the Bands, in which we placed second. Outside of a cover of the Byrds' "Why" - my spotlight guitar hero bit - we just did Todd Walton-David Biasotti originals, all of them basically rip-offs of the tunes on Jefferson Airplane Takes Off! The line-up was:

Todd Walton - vocal
Gail Land - vocal
Randy Groenke - lead 6-string
David Biasotti - vocal & electric 12-string
Bill Shrieve - bass (brother of Santana drummer Mike)
Mark Whittaker - drums


From Burlingame 1967-67, no known recordings.


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


No information is available for this group at the present time. Appeared at the Ark Sausalito with Notes From The Underground on Dec 8 1967.


Mile Luiz - lead guitar
Tony Crank - drums
Moe Crank - vocals
Ron Chiappari - bass
Ron Houck - guitar and organ
Vic Guittard ?
Randy Hammon?

A garage band from Richmond who played the Maple Hall scene 1966-67 and featured the legendary Crank brothers. No known recordings.

Last updated December 2008