Strawberry Alarm Clock

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Year of birth : 1967

Age: 48 years

Place of birth : Los Angeles, California, USA

Citizenship : United States


The prototype of this group appeared under the name of "Sixpence" in Glendale, California, the town in the mid-60 `s, when America reigned British boom. The original lineup consisted of Lee Freeman (vocals, guitar, harmonica) , Ed King (guitar), Gary Loverto (bass) Jean Gannels (drums) , Mike Luciano (percussion) and Steve Rabe (guitar) , which later was replaced by keyboardist and singer Mark Weitz.

Like many other teams, the team engaged in the execution of foreign hits, and the first single is a cover. Finally, in the spring of 1967, the team decided to release the EP, with its own song ,"The Birdman of Alkatrash". For the B-side instrumental composition intended Weitz and King "Incense and Peppermints". Producer Frank Slay, who dealt with the release of the plate, then saw a small flaw, and asked some of John Carter to write her text.

The idea put into practice,however, in the column "credits" names Weitz and King did not appear. Later they recorded as an arranger, but forgot to mention Greg Munford, who, not being an official member of the group sang "Incense and Peppermints". However, all these inconsistencies did not seem significant, since it was a B-side. However, all did not work out as planned so the publishers, and it was "Incense and Peppermints", instead of "The Birdman of Alkatrash" relished radiodidzheyam.

Strawberry Alarm ClockK this time the band changed its name to "Strawberry Alarm Clock", passing by going under a roof "Uni Records". The new label led the team to the national circuit breaker failure protection and s"Incense and Peppermints", resounded on all US stations rose to the highest position of the charts. Success demanded the release a full-length album, and the band began to urgently prepare for the sessions. During this period, there were a part of drummer Randy Seol and a second bassist, George Bunnell. Despite the hasty recording of the album ,"Incense and Peppermints", which was a mix of psychedelia, Sunshine pop, garage rock and Californian harmonies made it to the 11th line of the American charts. The end of 1967 and most of the next year "Strawberry Alarm Clock" spent on the road ,during which he lost one bassist (Loverto took with him 25,000 dollars and was gone) .

At the start of 1968 he released the single "Tomorrow", which landed at the 23 th line charts. Unfortunately, the label did not have time to take advantage of the favorable situation, and hesitated with the release of the accompanying album, got low sales full-length album. The Group makes some recovered only when she was invited to participate in the film "Psych-Out" with Jack Nicholson in the lead role.

Strawberry Alarm ClockOdnako label still remained dissatisfied with the small income and, therefore, in the preparation of the third album, decided to intervene in the creative process. By decision of the management of the material was taken outside the group, in which the authors were listed again left people. This approach has caused dissatisfaction among musicians and led to the resignation Seol and Bunnell. The two with the filing of the dismissed manager Bill Holmes organized another project called "Strawberry Alarm Clock",than completely baffled promoters and completely wedged concerts both teams.

Meanwhile, the composition of this "SAC" has undergone significant changes : King moved to bass, drums on the back and post Gannels frontman took the guitar player Jimmy Pitman. In essence, it was a different group, and its sound became tougher and blues. The fourth album was not able to find its audience, and in the absence of applications for concerts existence of the team is not very promising. At the end of 1969, Pitman was replaced by Paul Marshall, King returned to the guitar, and Weitz resigned from the "Clock". This configuration miraculously held on until 1971, but after Ed King went to "Lynyrd Skynyrd",project finally collapsed.

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