Darby Slick's Marshall Plan
Darby Slick Bex Marshall Peter Albin David Getz
Legendary Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist Darby Slick (Somebody To Love, The Great Society) Teams With Extraordinary British Blues Artist Bex Marshall for a Series Of West Coast Dates in April, 2018
Holding Down The Rhythm Section Are Legends In Their Own Right, Original And Current Members of
Big Brother & The Holding Company, David Getz (D) and Peter Albin (B)
Darby Slick played guitar in the Great Society, the band his sister-in-law, Grace Slick, sang in before joining the Jefferson Airplane. He also wrote "Somebody to Love," which Grace Slick introduced into the Jefferson Airplane's repertoire, and sang lead on when the Airplane recorded it for a Top Ten hit. More important, though, Slick was a skilled and distinctive guitarist and songwriter who made a substantial contribution to the birth of San Francisco psychedelic rock, particularly through his mix of rock and Indian styles. He is more obscure than he should be because the Great Society broke up after issuing just one rare single, although several albums' worth of live and demo recordings have subsequently become available.
Slick's brother, Jerry Slick, married Grace Wing (who had been their childhood neighbor in Palo Alto, CA) in 1961. When Darby, Jerry, and Grace decided to form a band in the mid-'60s, they had little musical experience. Darby Slick was at this point the best musician of the trio, getting a surf-psychedelic tone from his Silvertone guitar that helped set the band apart from the other ensembles springing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. When the Great Society, completed by other musicians, began to perform and record for Autumn Records, their best original material was penned by Grace and Darby Slick. In addition to composing "Somebody to Love," Darby also wrote tunes such as "Darkly Smiling" and "Everybody Knows," that demonstrated a knack for bittersweet melodies. As a guitarist he wove modal, Eastern-influenced jams into songs such as "Grimly Forming," "Arbitration," "White Rabbit," and their cover of "Sally Go 'Round the Roses." All of those songs can be heard on Collector's Item, a CD of live 1966 performances.
"Somebody to Love," under the title "Someone to Love," was issued as a single on the North Beach label (a subsidiary of Autumn) in 1966, but barely heard or distributed. Darby Slick also wrote the B-side, "Free Advice," an all-out fusion of Indian ragas and rock. Although the Great Society attracted major-label interest, they broke up in late 1966 when Grace Slick replaced Signe Anderson in the Jefferson Airplane. The group might have split anyway, however, as Darby Slick and bassist Peter Vandergelder were getting heavily into Indian music, and thinking of going to India to study with Ali Akbar Khan. Darby did make it to India, but came back to San Francisco after about six months. By that time, "Somebody to Love" had become a huge hit for the Jefferson Airplane. However, many listeners naturally assumed it was a Grace Slick composition, because the songwriting credit on the Surrealistic Pillow album read simply "Slick," and there was only one Slick in the Airplane.
After returning to California, Darby Slick played for a couple of years with Hair, which according to the '60s San Francisco rock history fanzine Cream Puff War played "a multi-racial blend of experimental soul/R&B, similar to the then-popular Loading Zone." After Hair broke up, he and Hair lead singer Jean Piersol made a couple of singles and an unreleased album for the Chess subsidiary Cadet Concept. Slick then again immersed himself in Indian music, studying with Ali Akbar Khan for 12 years. In the '90s he recorded an album with his son on which he used a fretless guitar of his own invention, combining qualities of the guitar and the sarod. He also did an instrumental solo album, King of the Fretless Guitar. His autobiography, Don't You Want Somebody to Love, published by a small press in 1991, is devoted almost wholly to his experiences in the Great Society and his subsequent trip to India.
Bex Marshall - Best female solo acoustic artist in the European Blues Awards 2015. Blues Awards for UK Best Female Blues Vocalist and Best Blues Album of the year (UK BLUES AWARDS 2013).
Bex toured with 'Big Brother and the Holding Company on the last UK tour as the voice of JANIS and has just finished her third 30 date US Tour will be headling festivals in Brazil, UK and USA in 2016
Bex Marshall's unique style of guitar playing is a combined technique of slide, blues rock with electric ragtime and roots pickin'.
Her voice is a powerful melting pot of old black woman's heartache and rock diva soul. Bex is a writer of distinction and notability, she pushes the boundaries of blues, her songs have been called timeless, touches of genius and 7 piece band, she is literally a musical tornado.
Bex was born in Devon but now based in London, the product of two very different family's, one blue blooded landed gentry, the other Irish Romany.
As a child at family gatherings her uncles would always play and stand her on the table to sing, at 11 years old she was given a 1963 Gibson Hummingbird by her Uncle David (The Mauraders) and started playing, she got hooked on instrumentals and classical guitar standards which stretched her fingers and gave her a great basis for her own music to develop, flamenco, ragtime, country chicken pickin', rock and on to blues and roots where she is now in her element.
She always had a passion for travelling, its in her blood and trained as a croupier at 18 began her travels around the world working gaming tables on cruise liners to Park Lane even dealing illegal poker games in Amsterdam. She hitch hiked the coast of Australia on cattle trains and always with a guitar on her back living and storing tales.
Bex has three albums to her name, Bootlace (2002), Kitchen Table (2008) and on Bex's latest self produced album you will find swamp blues, splashes of gospel and colorful bluegrass all with and lyrically British twist the award winning self produced, 'The House of Mercy' (2012).
Had it not been for the melodic and accomplished guitar work of Peter Albin flowing out of an upper story window at 1090 Page Street in the early summer of 1965, there might never have been a Big Brother and the Holding Company. It was on that day that Sam Andrew happened down Page Street in San Francisco and was so impressed by what me heard, that he went in and introduced himself.
Peter was born on June 6, 1944 in San Francisco. He began playing guitar at an early age and became involved in the folk scene of the early 60s. While attending The College of San Mateo, Peter and his brother Rodney played in a bluegrass band called the Liberty Hill Aristocrats.
By the time Peter met Sam in 1965, he had aspirations of forming a band that would write and perform children's songs. One of the first songs he wrote while working with children at The Marin Jewish Community Day Camp, north of San Francisco, was "Caterpillar". This song went on the appear on the first Big Brother and the Holding Company Album.
But the guitarist who inspired the first meeting with Sam Andrew ended up making the transition to bass and has spent the majority of his career with that instrument. Although his fine guitar work can be heard on cuts such as "Coo-Coo", "Oh, Sweet Mary", and "Turtle Blues" and also on Big Brother LPs "Be A Brother" and "How Hard It Is".
Witty and personable, Peter provided much of the on-stage commentary and also served as the liaison for the group with managers and promoters. Also, in the early days of Big Brother, before Janis, Peter did most of the lead vocals for the band. Among the many songs he sang were "Blow My Mind" and "Down On Me". Even after Janis, the first album finds Peter's lead on "Blindman", "Light Is Faster Than Sound", and "Caterpillar".
Peter's musical pursuits have also extended beyond Big Brother and the Holding Company. He has played with Country Joe and the Fish and can be heard on their 1969 Vanguard album "Here We Are Again". He later toured in an all-star band with Joe McDonald that cut an album outside Paris (Paris Sessions, Vanguard 1973) in September of 1972.
In 1982, Peter was one of the founding members of the Bay Area super group, The Dinosaurs. Along with Peter, the group consisted of, John Cipollina, Barry Melton, Merl Saunders, Robert Hunter, and Spencer Dryden.
Peter has loaned many items to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland. The most notable piece is his legendary psychedelic Fender Jazz Bass from 1968 which is now a popular museum attraction.
Today, along with keeping a regular tour schedule with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Peter serves as an advertising coordinator with City Hall Record Distributors.
was born January 24, 1940 and raised in Brooklyn N.Y. As a child he showed an exceptional talent in both music and art. His first passions, starting somewhere in early adolescence, were drawing and copying comic book art and studying Native American culture.
Dave started playing drums at the age of 14 and by the time he was 15 years old he was a member of the New York musicians union, local 802 and was playing professionally. He went to Europe and back when he was 19 with Rick Lundy and the Saints a Dixieland jazz group. That summer, when the Saints were not performing Dave hitch-hiked his way through Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. After High School Dave wanted to study art and was accepted into Cooper Union Art School in Manhattan. He graduated Cooper and decided to continue his studies in California. He waved goodbye to his family, to his friends in New York and drove his 1949 Plymouth almost nonstop to San Francisco (1960)In San Francisco in that early-sixties time Dave was at the center of the San Francisco underground. What began in that time and place was the seed that germinated into what became the counter-culture that would change the world.
Between 1960 and the time Dave joined Big Brother he didn't play the drums that much. He painted and worked as a dishwasher and a cook and only played drums at the Art Institute parties with other artist/musicians.
In 1964 Dave got his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and was the winner of a Fulbright fellowship for his paintings. He spent the next year living and painting in Krakow, Poland, a communist, iron-curtain country and it was in Poland that Dave started sitting in on drums in some of the underground jazz clubs.
Back to San Francisco and in the Fall of 65 Dave joined the faculty of the Art Institute as an instructor of painting. He was painting, showing his work and teaching.
Things were beginning to stir in San Francisco. LSD was opening minds. The 'Free Speech Movement and the Freedom Riders were demanding change. Bands were starting up and playing a different idea of what music could be; the first psychedelic dances. Everyone is listening to Blues, Soul, Ragas and Free-Jazz. It becomes apparent that something is happening. In the winter of 1965-66 in a café downstairs from his loft while taking a break from painting, Dave met Peter Albin. Dave told Peter that he played the drums and had heard of the group that Peter played with, Big Brother and the Holding Co. One month later Dave became the new drummer for the group. Three months later Janis Joplin joined the band.
The time from 1966 through 1968 was an incredible time in the history of music and culture in America and the world; Big Brother was close to the center of it all. The Band with Janis was one of the greatest bands in the history of rock music. In late summer and fall of 1968 "Cheap Thrills" was the number one record in the world for eight weeks.1968 when Janis left Big Brother and the band broke up Dave became a member of Country Joe and the Fish, touring Europe twice and recording two albums , (Here I Go Again, Paris Sessions) with different 'Country Joe' bands.
The post-Janis reunion of Big Brother between 1970 and 1972 produced two albums for Columbia Records "Be A ,Brother" and "How Hard It Is".
In 1975, Dave moved to Los Angeles where he met his wife, singer and actress, Joan Payne. For several years they wrote and performed together in L.A as part of a contemporary music ensemble called "Passengers".
At the end of the 1970s Dave resumed his work as a visual artist but this time mainly as a printmaker. Working from his studio in Santa Monica he produced over thirty limited edition prints, hundreds of paintings, cast paper pieces, collages, and mixed-media pieces. His work was been shown in galleries all over the U.S.A. and has been acquired by numerous corporate and private collections. Many of his print editions can be viewed at www.Davegetz.com. In 1987, Dave, moved back up to the Bay Area and in the Spring of that year Big Brother had its second re-birth.
Today Dave Getz still lives in Marin County, CA. He is a father and grandfather and continues, as he has throughout his career to juggle art, music, teaching and his other passion, golf. He teaches and has taught both art and drumming at numerous schools including the College of Marin, Drake H.S., Novato H.S., and San Marin H.S. he has been on the faculty of Jazz Camp West and he currently teaches drumming at the Marin Community Music School. Dave also continues to pursue his work in the visual arts. In 2005 he was asked, along with eleven other Bay Area artists, including Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane, to each paint an actual violin. These were works of art and music and were auctioned for the Marin Symphony.
In 2010, Dave finally released a CD of his own music called 'Can't Be The Only One'. The title track being a song that Dave co-wrote with Janis in 1968 that was never recorded which features the vocals of the late Kathi MacDonald. The album has received high praise from everyone from Ben Fong Torres to Barry Melton. It is available from CD Baby, Amazon and the Global Recording Artists Label.
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