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Harvey Mandel


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Harvey Mandel (born 11 March 1945, in Detroit, Michigan) was raised in Chicago. Mandel became the original guitarist with Charlie Musselwhite, releasing the debut album Stand Back! in 1966. As a result of heavy airplay in San Francisco, they were invited to play The Fillmore by Bill Graham. Mandel moved to the Bay Area, regularly performing at the infamous club “The Matrix”, where local favorites like Jerry Garcia, Elvin Bishop and Jefferson Airplane would sit in and jam.

On meeting the record producer Abe Kesh, Mandel was able to release his first solo album for Mercury Records entitled, “Cristo Redentor” in 1968, which included his version of “Wade in the Water.”
In July 1969 he replaced Henry Vestine as lead guitarist in the blues band Canned Heat. Harvey remained with Canned Heat for nine months (until April 1970) with slide guitarist/vocalist Alan Wilson and singer Bob “The Bear” Hite. The custom of Canned Heat suggested that each member of the band acquired a nickname upon joining the band. Harvey’s nickname, “The Snake,” was given to him years before by keyboardist Barry Goldberg in Chicago (attributed to his cracked leather jacket and “snake-like guitar licks”). After several tours and three albums, including Future Blues, he was recruited by British bluesman John Mayall to be a member of the Bluesbreakers, recording the album, entitled USA Union together.


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