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Canned Heat is an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles in The group has been noted for its Bolero - Oscar Denayer - Musette A Gogo of blues material and for its efforts to promote interest in this type of music and its original artists.
It was launched by two blues enthusiasts, Alan Wilson and Bob Hitewho took the name from Tommy Johnson 's "Canned Heat Blues", a song about an alcoholic who had desperately turned to drinking Sternogenerically called "canned heat", from the original product name Sterno Canned Heat,  After appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals at the end of the s, the band acquired worldwide fame with a lineup consisting of Hite vocalsWilson guitar, harmonica and vocalsHenry Vestine and later Harvey Mandel lead guitarLarry Taylor bassand Adolfo de la Parra drums.
The music and attitude of Canned Heat attracted a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the hippie era. Canned Heat appeared at most major musical events at the end of the s, performing blues standards along with their own material and occasionally indulging in lengthy 'psychedelic' solos. Since the early s, numerous personnel changes have occurred. For much of the s and s and following Larry Jag Var Aldrig Varit På Snusen - Bengt Sändh & Rune Andersson - Supvisor death in de la Parra has been the only member from the band's s lineup.
He wrote a book about the band's career, titled Living the Blues. Canned Heat was started within the community of blues collectors. Bob Hite had been trading blues records since his early teens and his house in Topanga Canyon was a meeting place for people interested When I Grow Too Old To Dream - Louis Armstrong - Olympia, Apr. 24th, 1962 music.
In some blues devotees there decided to form a jug band and started rehearsals. Perlowin and Sawyer dropped out within a few days, so guitarist Kenny Edwards a friend of Wilson's stepped in to replace Perlowin, and Ron Holmes agreed to sit in on drums until they could find a permanent drummer.
Another of Hite's friends, Henry Vestine who had been expelled from Frank Zappa 's Mothers of Invention for smoking pot,  asked if he could join the band and was accepted while keeping Edwards on temporarily. Producer Johnny Otis recorded the band's first unreleased album in with the ensemble of Hite, Wilson, Cook, Vestine, and Brotman; but the record was not actually released until when it appeared as Vintage Heatreleased by Janus Records.
Over a summer hiatus in Stuart Brotman effectively left Canned Heat after he had signed a contract for a long engagement in Fresno with an Armenian belly-dance revue.
Canned Heat had contacted Brotman, touting a recording contract which had to be signed the next day, but Brotman was unable to make the signing on short notice. Brotman would go on to join the world-music band Kaleidoscope with David Lindleyreplacing Chris Darrow.
Replacing Brotman in Canned Heat was Mark Andeswho lasted only a couple of months before he returned to his former colleagues in the Red Roosters, who adopted the new name Spirits Rebellious, later shortened to Spirit. The first official album, Canned Heatwas released Baby Cant Stop - Various - Future Disco Vol. 3 - City Heat months later in July All tracks were re-workings of older blues songs. They should do very well, both live and with their recordings.
A picture of the band taken at the performance was featured on the cover of Down Beat Magazine where an article complimented their playing: "Technically, Vestine and Wilson are quite possibly the best two-guitar team in the world and Wilson has certainly become our finest white blues harmonica man. Together with powerhouse vocalist Bob Hite, they performed the country and Chicago blues idiom of the s so skillfully and naturally that the question of which race the music belongs to becomes totally irrelevant.
Pennebaker 's documentary captured their rendition of " Rollin and Tumblin " and two other songs from the set, "Bullfrog Blues" and " Dust My Broom ", found a place later in a boxed CD set in Canned Heat is also included on an album called Early LA. Canned Heat also began to garner their notoriety as "the bad boys of rock" for being jailed in Denver, Coloradoafter a police informant provided enough evidence for their arrest for drugs an incident recalled in their song "My Crime".
As an official member of Canned Heat, de la Parra played his first gig on December 1,sharing top billing with the Doors at the Long Beach Auditorium. During this "classic" period, Skip Taylor and John Hartmann introduced The Deported - Beyond Creation - The Aura (Vinyl, Album) use of band member nicknames:.
Hite's "Amphetamine Annie" a "speed kills" tune inspired by the drug abuse of an acquaintance and reminiscent of Albert King's "The Hunter"became one of their most enduring songs and one of the first "anti-drug" songs of the decade.
Although not featured on the album's artwork, this was the first Canned Heat Album to have featured drummer de la Parra. It entailed a month of concert performances and media engagements that included television appearances on the British show Top of the Pops. They also appeared on the German program Beat Clubwhere they lip-synched "On the Road Again" as it rose to number one in both countries and in practically all of Europe.
In October the band released their third album, Living the Blueswhich included their best known song, " Going Up the Country ". Wilson's incarnation of Henry Thomas ' "Bull-Doze Blues" was almost a note-for-note copy of the original, down to Thomas' instrumental break on the "quills" pan-pipes which Jim Horn duplicated on flute.
Wilson rewrote the lyrics with a simple message that caught the "back-to-nature" attitude of the late s. The song went to 1 in 25 countries around the world 11 on the U. Longer still is "Refried Boogie", clocking in at over 40 minutes, recorded live at the Kaleidoscope. Also recorded live at the Kaleidoscope around this time was the album which would find later release with the deceptive title, Live At Topanga Corral later renamed Live at the Kaleidoscopeunder Wand Records because Liberty Records did not want to release a live album at the time and manager Skip Taylor did not want a lawsuit.
In Julyjust prior to Woodstock, Hallelujahtheir fourth album was released. The Melody Maker wrote: "While less ambitious than some of their work, this is nonetheless an excellent blues-based album and they remain the most convincing of the white electric blues groups. Within days of the album's release, Vestine left the group after an on-stage blow up at the Fillmore West between himself and Larry Taylor.
The next night after Mike Bloomfield and Mandel jammed with Canned Heat, both were offered Vestine's spot in the band's line-up and Mandel accepted.
Arriving via helicopter at Woodstock, Canned Heat played their Baby Cant Stop - Various - Future Disco Vol. 3 - City Heat famous set on the second day of the festival at sunset. The set included "Going Up the Country" which became the title track in the documentaryeven though the band's performance was not shown. The song was included in the first triple Woodstock album ; while the second album, Woodstock 2contained "Woodstock Boogie". The expanded 25th Anniversary Collection added "Leaving This Town" to the band's collection of Woodstock performances Bandog - El Camino Car Crash - Routine "A Change Is Gonna Come" was included on the director's cut of the documentary film; leaving only "Let's Work Together" to be released.
Before their European tour in earlythe band recorded Future Bluesan album containing five original compositions and three covers. Baby Cant Stop - Various - Future Disco Vol. 3 - City Heat Wilbert Harrison song, " Let's Work Together ", was the single chosen for release in Europe to coincide with the tour. At the band's insistence the U. The album featured piano by Dr. John and an atypical jump blues style also.
The upside-down flag was Wilson's idea and was a response to his love of nature, growing environmentalism and concern that humankind would soon be polluting the moon as well as the Earth as reflected in his song "Poor Moon".
It was a live album that combined tracks from different shows throughout the tour, but was put together in such a way as to resemble one continuous concert for the listener. Although the album garnered some critical acclaim and did well in the UK peaking at 15it had only limited commercial success in the U. This lineup went into the studio to record with John Lee Hooker the tracks that Black Cancer - Zebras - Zebras yield the double album, Hooker 'n Heat.
The band had originally met Hooker at Various - Hit Parade Africain - Vol.3 airport in PortlandOregonand discovered they were fans of each other's work. Hooker and Canned Heat became good friends and Hooker had stated that Wilson was "the greatest harmonica player ever". The rest of the album featured Hooker with some backing by the Black Dog (Doggy Dub) - Mike Litt - Hard Times / Black Dog sans Bob Hite, who co-produced the album along with Skip Taylor.
The album was finished after Wilson's passing and became the first album in Hooker's career to make the charts, topping out at 73 in February Shortly after the original Hooker 'n Heat sessions, Wilson, who had always suffered from depression, was said by some to have attempted suicide by driving his van off the road near Hite's home in Topanga Canyon.
Unlike other members of the band, Wilson did not have much success with women and was deeply upset and frustrated by this. His depression also worsened over time. De la Parra and other members of the band believed that his death was a suicide. Wilson died at the age of 27on the What Skin Devil - Thee Butchers Orchestra - Deluxe 2000 day that Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi died and just weeks before Jimi Hendrixand then Janis Joplindied, the latter two also at age The band still had a touring contract for September, as well as upcoming studio dates.
These performances were recorded, but the recordings were not released until much later, with the albums Live at Turku Rock Festival in and Under the Dutch Skies —74 in which encompassed three separate tours. At the end of a new studio album, Historical Figures and Ancient Headswas released.
This lineup of Hite, Vestine, Scott Hill, de la Barreda and de la Parra did not last, as the band was in disarray; Scott Hill and de la Barreda's attitudes were not fitting in with the rest of the band, and drummer de la Parra decided to call it quits.
He was talked out of it by Hite, and it was Scott Hill and de la Barreda who left the band instead. The era of the late s was changing, but nonetheless the band embarked on another European tour, during which they recorded a session with Memphis Slim in Paris for the album Memphis Heat. Met with hard times, de la Parra writes that the band resorted to importing drugs from Mexico to make ends meet between shows.
After a bad introduction to Atlantic Records, which included a brawl between Hite and Vestine over a vending machine, the band released the album One More River to Cross in On a subsequent promotional tour of Europe, this new "horn band" sound included the talents of Clifford Solomon and Jock Ellis.
Absent from Canned Heat at this time, after growing ever more distant, was longtime manager Skip Taylor, who had left after the band joined Atlantic. The masters for the bulk of the material, which had been kept at Skip Taylor's Baby Cant Stop - Various - Future Disco Vol. 3 - City Heatwere destroyed in a fire, and what material was rescued by de la Parra was finally restored and issued decades later, intitled The Ties That Bind. Bob Hite, in a foul rage, went off on the crowd, to the disapproval of Vestine, James Shane and Ed Beyer, who quit the band as a result.
Taking the place of those who departed were pianist Gene Taylor and guitarist Chris Morgan, who both joined in late Taylor departed in in response to an argument during a tour of Germany, and after a brief fill-in by Stan Webb of Chicken ShackMark Skyer came in as the new guitar player. Despite the appearance of the Chambers Brothers on the album, it was met with very little success, largely because of the growing popularity of disco music in the late 70s. The Bear promptly hired a new bass player, Richard Exley, after befriending him on tour and watching his performance with the band Montana.
Open Your Heart - Madonna - The Immaculate Collection fast friends with Hite, Exley toured the remainder of the year with the band and collaborated with Hite on many of the arrangements during their Texas Bicentennial Comeback Tour.
Exley then quit the band after an argument over Hite's excessive drinking and drug use on stage. Frustrated and fed up, Exley joined the Texas Heartbreakers at the end of that year but returned periodically to fill in as a favor to Hite while Baby Cant Stop - Various - Future Disco Vol.
3 - City Heat band struggled to find permanent members amidst heavy drinking and drug use. Exley remarked about his time with the band, "No one ever remembers the bass player This effectively reduced the band's members to just Hite and de la Parra.
The popularity of the blues genre rose in the late s and early s with the release of the musical - comedy film The Blues Brothersstarring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. During this time, de la Parra had bought into the partnership of an East Hollywood recording studio at which he was again working with former bandmate Larry Weak Chin - The Fauves - The Fauves Mole" Taylor.
Taylor had been associating with virtuoso Introduction By Brian May, Roger Taylor & John Deacon - Various - The Freddie Mercury Tribute - BBC player Mike "Hollywood Fats" Mann and virtuoso piano player Ronnie Barron and before long Taylor, Barron and Hollywood Fats were in the band.
This version referred to by Hite and Mann as the "Burger Brothers" lineup, was soon joined by blind piano player Jay Spell, as Ronnie Barron walked out on the band after a blow-up between himself and Taylor.
After a falling out with de la Parra and Hite, Taylor and Mann were increasingly unhappy with the musical direction of the band and eventually left to focus more attention on their Hollywood Fats Band. Nevertheless, Jay Spell was still on board and brought in bass player Jon Lamb; Mike Halby was now a full-time member and long-time guitarist Vestine once again made his return to the band, with The Bear and de la Parra as its leaders. Returning with little pay after the hellacious tour, Jay Spell quit the band.
Jon Lamb stayed on for one more tour in the south and just before Christmas and lacking the outlaw roots of the othershe too quit the band; but by then even The Bear was starting to lose it. He had attempted to give it another try by hiring a large enthusiastic biker with the moniker "The Push" as their manager; hoping that the band's popularity with the biker community would give them renewed energy. On April 5,having collapsed from a heroin overdose during a show at the Palomino in Los Angeles, Bob Hite was later found dead in de la Parra's Mar Vista home at the age of The death of frontman Bob "The Bear" Hite was a devastating blow that most thought would end the career of Canned Heat; however Baby Cant Stop - Various - Future Disco Vol.
3 - City Heat la Parra kept the band alive and would lead it back into prosperity over the next few decades.
An Australian tour had been set up before The Bear's death and harmonica player Rick Kellogg had joined to finish off the Kings of the Boogie album. This incarnation of Canned Heat without Bob Hite was nicknamed the "Mouth Band" by Vestine and was a huge hit in Australia, especially with the biker crowd. As production for "The Push's" video dragged on, a drunken Vestine got into a brawl with Ernie Rodriguez and was once again out of the band; this time replaced by guitarist Walter Trout.
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