Rockers

John Tristao

John Tristao has reached rarified air encountered by few others in rock ‘n’ roll. He was the frontman for Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Before being tapped by Creedence, Tristao had logged many years with San Jose hitmakers People! and West Coast…

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Count V

Count V

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame selected ‘Psychotic Reaction’ for their list of “500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll.” Not bad for a one-hit wonder!” Went to #5 on Billboard in 1966.

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People

People!

Produced by San Jose Rocks alum Captain Mikey, People’s “I Love You” single vaulted into Billboard’s Top 20 by the spring of 1968, then circled the globe as a chart-topper wherever it was released.

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Paul Kanter

Paul Kanter

As a founding member and integral element of Jefferson Airplane, San Francisco’s first great rock ‘n’ roll band-then as the main cog in Jefferson Starship, the aggregation spawned in the mid-’70s when the Airplane rolled into the hangar for the…

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Folk Rock Festival

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

The most star-studded shows ever presented at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds must have been the pair of Northern California Folk-Rock Festivals of 1968 and 1969. The musical glories of Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival are indisputable!

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Larry Norman

In 2001 The Gospel Music Association recognized Norman-with over 50 albums in his career dossier-for his pioneering efforts in the field of Christian Rock and inducted him into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

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Syndicate of Sound

If any one song summed up the swaggering teenage spirit of 1966-the year revered by rock historians as the fountain head of what is now called “garage rock”, it was “Little Girl” by the Syndicate of Sound – hitting #8…

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Papa Doo Run Run

As the British Invasion reached a fever pitch in 1965, every American garage band seemed intent on emulating the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds or the Kinks. And four kids from Cupertino who would one day become Papa Doo Run Run…

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Paul Catalana

Savvy enough to book red-hot young pop juggernauts like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits and the Dave Clark 5 during the 1964-65 height of the British Invasion, Paul Catalana was the man calling all the shots from his San…

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Greg Kihn San Jose Rocks

Greg Kihn

Greg Kihn began his career in his hometown of Baltimore, MD, working in the singer/songwriter mold, but switching to straightforward rock ‘n’ roll when he moved to San Francisco in 1974.

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Mikel Hunter Herrington

As Captain Mikey, from 1966 -1969 he held crazy contests and snuck guests into the nighttime studio, making Top 40 KLIV-AM (1590) the first San Jose station to beat its San Francisco competitors.

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