Quicksilver Messenger Service was one of San Francisco's original psychedelic bands of the late 1960s. Essentially a jam band, their early albums and live shows contributed to some of the best instrumental jams of the period. They were popular around the Bay Area but did not reach the national popularity achieved by their San Francisco contemporaries, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, and others. Their first album charted at 63 and their next four albums charted in the top 30 of the billboard Pop Albums charts.
The original band members were John Cipollina (guitar), Gary Duncan (guitar, vocals), David Freiberg (bass guitar, vocals and viola), Greg Elmore (drums), and Jim Murray (vocals, guitar and harmonica), although Murray left before the band recorded.
There is some confusion as to whether or not the group was formed around Dino Valente. According to Cipollina:
The next day, Valente was arrested for possession of marijuana, and spent the better part of the next two years in jail...
Created by dipity on Jan 24, 2008
Last updated: 03/06/10 at 06:37 AM
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