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The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

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There are few groups as enigmatic, as mysterious as The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. The prime mover in the band was Bob Markley, born in Oklahoma and the son of an oil tycoon. He moved to Los Angeles early in the 1960’s, and in late 1961 he began his recording career with “It Should Have Been Me” / ‘Summer’s Comin’ On”, released on Warner Bros. Both sides were pure teen doo-wop, giving little indication of what would follow. Markley remained involved in music, and three years later he met up with two brothers, Shaun and Danny Harris, whose interest in music seemed inevitable as their father was a renowned classical composer and their mother a concert pianist. In 1964 Shaun and Danny formed a group The Snowmen, with two musicians who would go on to form The Sunrays and score 1967 hits with ‘Andrea’ and ‘I Live For The Sun’. Later, with the group now split, Shaun and Danny were studying at the Hollywood Professional School where they met Michael Lloyd, leader of yet another local band, Laughing Wind, who had cut some tracks for Tower Records. With Bob Markley and John Ware, a friend of the family, they started a new group. In 1966 the line-up was Dan Harris (lead guitar), Shaun Harris (bass), Michael Lloyd (guitar), John Ware (drums), and Bob Markley who basically just hung around trying to pick up girls. The band played around all the Sunset Strip clubs and, quoting Ware, “every freakout that ever happened at the Hollywood Palladium”.

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