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1) Spirit was a legendary group formed by guitarist Randy California
2) Spirit was a band from Melbourne, Australia.
3) Spirit is a UK musician.
4) Spirit was an alias of UK duo 65D Mavericks, used for releasing on the Lost affiliated Cosmic label.
5) Spirit is a rock band from Slovakia, Levice.
6) Spirit is a modern metal band from Warsaw, Poland.

1) Spirit was an American jazz/hard rock/psychedelic band founded in 1967, based in Los Angeles, California.

The original lineup
The original lineup of the group evolved from an earlier Los Angeles band, The Red Roosters, which included Randy California (guitars, vocals), Mark Andes (bass) and Jay Ferguson (vocals, percussion). With the addition of Ed Cassidy (drums) and keyboard player John Locke the new band was originally named the Spirits Rebellious (after a book by Khalil Gibran) but was soon shortened simply to Spirit. Randy California had also played with Jimi Hendrix (then known as Jimmy James) in Jimmy James and the Blue Flames in 1966.

Cassidy was instantly recognizable by his shaven head (hence his nickname “Mr. Skin”) and his fondness for wearing black. He was around twenty years older than the rest of the group (born in 1923). His earlier career was primarily in jazz and included stints with Cannonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan, Roland Kirk, Thelonious Monk and Lee Konitz. He was a founding member of Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.

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  • althefknamsrtkn

    OOO IT MAKES ME WONDER

    20 May 4:59pm Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    RIP Ed Cassidy aka Mr Skin. 12/06/12 A great guy and outstanding drummer.

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ladyinblack20

    Here's a facebook group dedicated to psychedelic music. Feel free to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/387215481353241/

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • olliethegoon

    Hey kokosowymurzyn...that song is "Shake That Fat" from the first JoJo Gunne album...easy to mistake it for a Spirit song...Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes started that group immediately after the break-up of the original Spirit...if you don't know the album, PICK UP ON IT!! Ollie

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ashrafoe

    RIP Ed Cassidy, legend

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • kokosowymurzyn

    hi guys, Ive heard an awesome song of spirit yesterday. All I remember is the words "dogs, and people" in the chorus. If you could help my find this song, I'd be very grateful.

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • futurolvidado

    RIP Ed Cassidy...

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Bullinamingvase

    RIP Mr Skin

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Bentwick09

    RIP Ed Cassidy..........

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • KeithJones

    RIP Ed Cassidy

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • whitebicycle

    Scrobbling up some awesome Spirit in honor of Chicago's very own Ed Cassidy, 89, a Taurus, and a damned great drummer... may he rest in peace.

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Bentwick09

    Rockpalast Jam...., Germany (Essen) 1978.....

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • furs_of1

    their first album is the best psychedelic album of 60s

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Props to Ed Cassidy..Spirit drummer aka Mr Skin..89 yrs young..5/4/23..Happy Birthday,Ed!

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • LSBumblebee

    Don't forget Kaptain Kopter!

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Little rock history: Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes formed Jo Jo Gunne in 1971 after they left Spirit. They added Mark's brother Matt Andes and Curley Smith to complete the lineup, signed to Asylum Records, and made a self-titled debut album containing the Top 40 hit "Run, Run, Run".

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • taisocardoso

    achava que eu era azarada até conhecer a história do spirit

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Kaikara

    Has really been smashing it on the mixing front recently. Check his mix from Tech:nology in September- banging set! :)

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • SometimeWorld

    The unluckiest band of all-time. One of the greatest single's of the era, one of the greatest albums of the era. They had it all, man.

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • santu_105

    Taurus is one of the best pieces of music ever! Maybe, because of that Led stole it from them. Ha ha ha. Cry baby cry.

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
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