Throckmorton, 1970, on steps of our commune at 43 S. 5th, San Jose. Left to right: Chris Mosher, John Eddy, Ron Cook (me), Allison Blanck, and George Ostrander. Chris, John, Allison, and I all met in the Entertainment Corps in Korea.
Throckmorton, 1969, on steps of our commune at 43 S. 5th, San Jose. Left to right: Allison, Duke Roberts, Chris, John, Ron (me), and George.
Note: Allison, Duke, and Chris are deceased.
January, 1969. Rehearsing in basement before soundproofing. That's me on bass.
Early 1969, San Francisco, in the parking lot behind the Basin Street West Club where we were playing. (New Bank of America tower in the background.)
Chuck Berry hired different bands at each of his concerts. We here hired to back him up this night. After three encores, he told us we really rocked. Quite an honor. Fritz was a short lived band with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
On the Stoop again. Left to right: Allison Blanck (guitar, vibes, keyboards, vocals), Ron Cook (me, bass, vocals), George Ostrander (drums, vocals), Chris Mosher (vocals), Duke Roberts (guitar, vocals), and John Eddy (bottom, guitar, vocals)
Mark Wayne, sound person extrordinaire. Created incredible speaker systems for Throckmorton. Went on to make sound systems for several big name bands
Chris Mosher in the garden behind Alfie's, where we often played. Besides being lead singer, he wrote many of Throckmorton's trademark songs.
This is me in the commune early 1969. I played bass, and once in a while keyboards. I wrote several songs for the group.
John Eddy, lead guitarist. He also occasionally played keyboards. John was one of the main song writers. John, Allison, and George were in a band called The Druids around 1965.
George Ostrander, Drummer. He started out playing clubs in New York.
The Aquarian Family Festival took place on two sunny, warm days in May, 1969. Throckmorton helped build the stage and played twice during the weekend. Music by more than 50 bands played continuously for over 36 hours.
Allison Blanck. Master of vibraharp, guitar, keyboards, and gross-out actions.
Duke and Irene Roberts. They made the house shake. Duke played with Throckmorton until December, 1969. Later was manager of an East San Jose music store, and minister at the First Christian Church on 5th Street in San Jose.
The GAP Instant Park was a grassy venue where music was played every Sunday in 1969. Often three bands would play. Throckmorton played there often. GAP stands for Guadalupe Arts Project. This is the location where the new Center of Performing Arts was to be built.
I often borrowed a bandmember's motorcycle to ride to Morgan Hill to visit an old friend. This is before helmet laws. I'm lucky I never dumped it. Not long after this photo was taken, the band went back East to "make it". It broke up after recording 1/2 an album.
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