Jefferson Airplane, South Bay Roots

Jefferson Airplane, South Bay Roots

Formed in August 1965 by Marty Balin, was populated mostly by South Bay musicians when he teamed up with Paul Kantner University of Santa Clara (1959-61) and San Jose State University (1961-63), Jorma Kaukonen (University of Santa Clara 1962) and singer Grace Slick resident of Palo Alto who joined the band in 1966.

Additional Did You Know's

Hal David Knew the Way to San Jose

The song earned Dionne Warwick her first Grammy and sold over 3.5 million copies.

Cupertino has ‘No Use for a Name’

A punk rock band from Cupertino formed in 1987 is highly praised in the Skate punk and Hardcore punk scenes. Their debut album, Incognito, was released in 1990. They had a Top 40 hit in the mid ’90s with “Soulmate.”  In 1997, after the success of Making Friends, the band went on a worldwide tour…

Los Gatos’ Chateau Liberte: Lights. Camera. Reaction.

The Chateau Liberte’ a feature documentary. The Chateau was a rustic mountain bar ran by Hells Angels where great rock bands played in the 60’s/70’s. It was also a hippie commune with its own self-sustained way of life.

Los Tigres Del Norte: the Beatles of Mexican music.

With half a dozen Grammys and sales in the tens of millions, able to pack arenas all over the country, Los Tigres del Norte—The Tigers of the North— is the most famous band mainstream America never heard of. 

Doobie Brothers

2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: The Doobie Brothers

Since forming in 1969, The Doobie Brothers have sold more than 48 million albums, including three multi-Platinum albums, seven Platinum albums, and 14 Gold albums.

First Performance as the Grateful Dead

December 4, 1965: The Grateful Dead’s first performance as the Grateful Dead occurred in a home in downtown San Jose now the site of San Jose’s City Hall. Sold over 100 million records

Larry Norman: the Elvis Presley of Christian Rock

San Josean Larry Norman is considered to be one of the pioneers of Christian rock music and released more than 100 albums.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Go Spartans!

1967 – 1972: Formed by John Fogerty, Doug Clifford (born in Palo Alto), and Stu Cook in the late 1950s. Doug and Stu attended San Jose State, playing now under the name Golliwogs.  In 1967 the band, now with Tom Fogerty, became Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Severe Tire Damage: Internet’s 1st Live Band

1993 – “We were using about have the available bandwidth of the Internet. With just us doing really really bad songs.” Russ Haynes, Digital Equipment Corp. Severe Tire Damage was the first live band on the internet.” Russ Haines, Digital Equipment Corp.

Stevie Nicks, San Jose State & Fleetwood Mack

“It’s pretty darn good to be back in my own specific and very special hood,” she said. “This is where it all started, and I had to take a minute to let you know that.” Stevie Nicks Nov. 21, 2018

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