Roky Erickson (born Roger Kynard Erickson on July 15 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, harmonica player and guitarist from Texas. He was a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators and pioneer of the psychedelic rock genre.
Erickson is one of rock and roll's most famous cult figures, perhaps as well-known for his mental illness -- and his subsequent recovery after decades of erratic behavior -- as for his musical talents.
Erickson was interested in music from his youth: he played piano from age 5 and took up guitar at 12. He attended school in Austin and dropped out of Travis High School in 1965, one month before graduating, rather than cut his hair to conform to the school dress code. His first notable group was The Spades, who scored a regional hit with Erickson's song "We Sell Soul."
Erickson co-founded the 13th Floor Elevators in late 1965. He and bandmate Tommy Hall were the main songwriters. Early in her career, singer Janis Joplin considered joining the Elevators, but...
Track listing: Unforced PeaceI Love the Living YouI Pledge AllegiancePushing and PullingSave MeThink of as OneBirds'd CrashNever Say GoodbyeBe and Bring Me HomeI've Never Known This Til Now@2 Gone and NumberI Love the Blind ManSomething ExtraYou're an Unidentified Flying Object http://www.rokyerickson.net/