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The Youngbloods

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New York, United States

Jesse Colin Young got his start as a solo act on the folk circuits of Boston and New York and had already cut a couple of unsuccessful albums before deciding to form a band with guitarist Jerry Corbitt. After a failed single called “My Babe”, they hired aspiring jazz drummer Joe Bauer and guitarist/pianist Lowell Levinger III, better known simply as “Banana”. Young began playing bass when several candidates— including Felix Pappalardi and Harvey Brooks (later of The Electric Flag)—proved incompatible, and the quartet took the name ‘Youngbloods’ from the singer’s second solo album.

The group was eventually selected as the house band at New York’s famed Cafe Au Go Go and established itself as a leading folk rock/good time attraction. Their sound would temper their blues and jugband influences with gentle California psychedelia, particularly after they moved to the San Francisco Bay area.

While Young was always the focal point of the band, their first two albums also had songwriting contributions from Corbitt. Their first single, Grizzly Bear, was a local hit. Their second attempt, Get Together, didn’t do much better when it was first released. This Dino Valenti song had previously been recorded by the Jefferson Airplane, but The Youngbloods’ slow, soulful interpretation of “Get Together” was definitive. The record faded quickly but suddenly rocketed to the Top 10 when it was re-released in 1969 after being used in a television public service ad. The tune was subsequently adopted as a counterculture anthem.

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  • Brenutka

    мне они Country Joe And The Fish очень напомнили, и от битлов что-то есть. милые ребята)

    4 Apr 1:42pm Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Classic Rock

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • liquorsetmefree

    cute songs

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    Darkness,Darkness, best song! amazing song!

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • benadlard

    I like these guys

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • qwertyfla

    i got elephant mountain on vinyl when i was visiting seattle this summer. i had no idea who these guys were, i just got it because i liked the album cover. I lost the vinyl unfortunately and was practically haunted by the fact that i hadn't listened to it at all. i forgot the name of the band and the name of the album which was even worse. just yesterday, i stumbled upon the album cover on the net and downloaded it instantly! It's ok in a really good way i suppose. i'll definitely get stoned to it and imagine what the vibe would've been like if i was listening to it with my seattle friends. god i have to get back there soon. snippet of life story over. fuck off.

    5 Nov 2011 Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    '60s were the best... :)

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • akoustikosagnoi

    ...kodiak bear jizz

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Shelby78

    WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE TO BE SO FOUL MOUTHED .. THESE GUYS ARE GREAT SOME PEOPLE JUST DON'T KNOW GOOD MUSIC WHEN THEY HEAR IT .. JUST MY OPINION .. WE ALL DON'T LIKE THE SAME THINGS .. BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO BE NASTY ABOUT IT .. I LOVE ALL 60'S MUSIC ..

    12 Feb 2011 Reply
  • mudrei

    Earth Music excelente álbum de um excelente ano :D

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Zapoppin

    r_m: I saw Banana in Cornwall, England.

    24 Aug 2010 Reply
  • mlansman

    One hit wonder?!?! Ok, so they only had one hit, but all of their albums were great, and they had some great singles. Great band. Elephant mountain is one of my all time favourite albums.

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • WolfhoundMan

    I saw these guys when I went to Ohio State through my association with WOSU. We interviewed most every group that came to town and played music that the students favored. The Youngbloods were the best of the lot. Their performance was exactly like the records, no bloated egos and were very friendly. The American Bandstand videos are what I saw.

    30 Mar 2010 Reply
  • r_m

    ...and highly recommended to anyone. One of my favorite bands of all time.

    27 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Lord_Krichian

    not so essential but very good

    17 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Hiigg

    Sooo old. <3

    9 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Dani_Gabarrot

    Great band

    31 May 2009 Reply
  • r_m

    Got the original Earth Music vinyl today, what a great album!

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • juggalettegurl4

    you can make mountains ring, or make the angels cry. another amazing song :-)

    26 Mar 2009 Reply
  • r_m

    Zapoppin; where did you see Banana play? I'd love to see him too

    19 Dec 2008 Reply
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