Though the Boston-based psychedelic band had been gigging around town since 1967, it wasn’t till two years later when they played for their biggest audience: They were the opening act on the second day of Woodstock, hitting the main stage just after noon to perform four tunes. Founder-brothers Dan and Jon Cole (vocals and bass) had been matched up with Phil Thayer (keyboards), Norm Rogers (guitar), and Roger North (drums) by hot shot manager Ray Paret (from Amphion). When Woodstock organizers saw them playing at Steve Paul’s The Scene (supposedly jamming with Hendrix) earlier in 1969, they signed them to play the fest. After Woodstock they were snapped up by Cotillion Records, and put out a self-titled album of originals. But a technical glitch caused their Woodstock performance to be deleted from the acclaimed documentary, and the album went nowhere. After Jon split, the band carried on, recording a second album that was never released. In 2009, two songs from the Woodstock set – “They Live the Life” and “That’s How I Eat” – were finally released on Rhino’s “Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm.”
(by Ed Symkus)

Published on December 28, 2012

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