"Fresh Garbage" ever since I watched some old Spirit and Randy California youtube recently.
Did you know:
California is not Randy's real last name; it was suggested to him by Hendrix, who he used to play with in clubs in (I think) NY when he was FIFTEEN!
When Hendrix split for the UK Randy's parents said no way not at 15 uh uh.
So when Randy was 16 he formed Spirit.
Randy was basically a guitar prodigy who started at age 6. His parents often let traveling musicians stay over and Randy learned from watching some of the best.
OK not ALL fun facts but something..... fresh............ garbage. look beneath your lips each morning, see those things you didn't quite consume....your fresh garbage.....
Thanks for the addendum, Linda. I always appreciate your remembrances of music related things past to help fill in my lost brain cells. I became a bigger fan when a friend popped in the 8 track of "Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus" during a get-together one weekend to celebrate Owsley Stanley's products. There was also the version of Spirit with the Stahler brothers, and when CD's came along years later a CD was released that basically mirrored the set list at a concert friends attended, as was related to me years later, and it is called Feedback. The CD is brickwalled something fierce and so was a letdown but I think I 'll dig it out and have a fresh listen. Randy and Ed came to the Tampa Jams under the Spirit name....I think I may have the LP from their appearance somewhere....Randy C(raig) Wolfe Trust currently owns the rights to all the later Spirit recordings.
He did play guitar with Hendrix' band, Jimmy James & the Blue Flames. The two met in Manny's Music, a Manhattan guitar store. Hendrix penned the name "Randy California," to differentiate Wolfe from the other Randy in his band, bassist "Randy Texas." (Palmer)
Not long before Wolfe passed in the 90's, I met Wolfe and Ed Casssidy, his stepfather, the bald drummer in Spirit. Cass passed in the last few years.
Spirit would rank in my top 5 favorite musical acts. Wolfe is in my 5 favorite rock guitarists. Hendrix is my all-time fave rock guitarist. Jeff Beck, Michael Bloomfield & Eric Clapton round out my top 5.