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Blues Image was a group from Tampa, Florida that achieved a brief yet strong burst of critical acclaim and commercial success in the late and early . Known for mixing , , , and other styles, their most successful song was the hit “Ride Captain Ride”, a release from their 1970 album ‘Open’ that went all the way to #4 in Billboard. A well-respected band among their peers (Jimi Hendrix notably told the British press that Blues Image was one of the best up and coming bands around), they sadly faced inter-group tensions that brought upon the band’s early demise.

Blues Image was formed in Tampa, Florida in 1966 by and guitarist Mike Pinera, singer-drummer Manuel “Manny” Bertematti, singer-percussionist Joe Lala, and bassist Malcolm Jones. They were later joined by keyboardist Frank “Skip” Konte. Blues Image moved to Miami in 1968, where they were instrumental in helping promoters form the most innovative music venue in South Florida, which was known as “The Image”. Blues Image became the house band at the club, which also featured bands like the Grateful Dead, Cream, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

The band moved to Los Angeles, sensing that they were heading to the big time, and signed with Atco Records, releasing their self-titled debut album in February 1969. Their second album, ‘Open’ (April 1970), included the popular hit “Ride Captain Ride”, which was co-composed by Pinera and Konte. The vibes of that tune, reaching the #4 spot in Billboard, helped launch its parent album into the magazine’s top albums chart as well. The song lately was notably included in the cult film ‘Reservoir Dogs’.


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  • rockmetalrules

    jeez, talk about a one hit wonder according to the charts.Overall they`re oretty good.

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Durandal1717

    Ahahaha the charts here are so depressing for such a good band... I knew they were somewhat of a 'one hit wonder', but jeeeezus... At least Pay My Dues is the next highest (original) track, though shame their best song would chart so low

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    ride captain ride is so good

    19 Jan 2010 Reply
  • jasperpitts

    ride captain ride is a great song what gives why not more listens

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • bob_gnarlie

    Wow, this is the least ammount of plays I have ever seen for an artist :(

    16 Jan 2009 Reply
  • rogersteele

    can anyone explain why they play the Bobby Darin version insted of the Blues Image one when on this page?

    16 Aug 2008 Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    Saw them several times while I was in high school. They played at Thee Image, a very cool venue in Miami, Florida. Ride Captain!

    22 Jul 2007 Reply
  • baaiiieee

    Ride captain ride, upon your mystery ship, be amazed at the friends youre having on your trip

    7 Dec 2006 Reply

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