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Encyclopedia > The Great Society
The Great! Society
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genre(s) Folk Rock
Years active 1965 - 1966
Former members
Darby Slick
Jerry Slick
Grace Slick
Jean Piersall
David Miner
Bard Dupont
Peter Vandergelder
For the political action of President Johnson, see Great Society

Contents

San Francisco redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... See also: // January 4 - Fender Guitars is sold to CBS for $13 million. ... // January 3 - Hullabaloo shows promotional videos of The Beatles songs Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out. January 8 - Shindig! airs for the last time on ABC, with musical guests the Kinks and the Who January 14 - Young singer David Jones changes his last name to Bowie to avoid... Grace Slick (born Grace Barnett Wing on October 30, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter, who was one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, and was a solo artist, for nearly three decades, from the mid-1960s to the... David Miner may refer to: David M. Miner - North Carolina Republican Politician David Miner (Canadian Politician) - Canadian NDP politician, 1995-present David Miner (musician) - Musician and Record producer. ... The Great Society was also a 1960s band featuring Grace Slick, and a 1914 book by English social theorist Graham Wallas. ...

History

The Great Society was a 1960s San Francisco rock band in the burgeoning Haight Ashbury folk-psychedelic style pervasive during the time of its existence, 1965 to 1966. The band was also known as "The Great! Society." Remembered as the original group of model turned singer Grace Slick, the initial line-up of the band also featured her then-husband Jerry Slick on drums, his brother Darby Slick on guitar, David Minor on vocals and guitar, Bard DuPont on bass, and Peter Vandergelder on saxophone. Minor and DuPont would not remain with the band for the duration. The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... This article is about the type of musical group. ... The corner of Haight and Ashbury in 2001 The Haight-Ashbury is a district of San Francisco, California, named after the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street, commonly known as The Haight or, in recent years, The Upper Haight. ... Psychedelic folk or Psych folk is a music genre that originated in the 1960s through the blending of folk music, Indie folk and psychedelic rock or pop. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Grace Slick (born Grace Barnett Wing on October 30, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter, who was one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, and was a solo artist, for nearly three decades, from the mid-1960s to the... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In the late summer of 1965, after seeing a new band called Jefferson Airplane at The Matrix club, Grace and Jerry decided to start their own group, assembling it fairly quickly. The band made its debut at the Coffee Gallery in San Francisco's North Beach section on October 15, 1965, and continued to perform throughout 1966. Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ... The Matrix was a club in San Francisco in the late 1960s. ... Looking south-east Columbus Street (on the left), Stockton (on the right), and Green Street (not visible). ...


The band released only one single during its lifetime in 1966, "Somebody to Love" (originally titled "Someone to Love"), written by Darby, backed with "Free Advice." Issued on Autumn Records' tiny North Beach subsidiary label, the single made little impact outside of the Bay Area, but the association with Autumn did lead the band to working with staff producer Sylvester Stewart, still in the process of forming his own band, Sly and the Family Stone. Purportedly, Stewart would eventually walk out as the band's producer during a demo session after it took Great Society over 50 takes just to get one song right. Somebody to Love is a well-known rock song by 1960s folk-psychedelic band The Great Society. ... Autumn Records was a San Francisco, California based record label. ... Sly Stone (born Sylvester Stewart, 15 March 1943, in Denton, Texas) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, most famous for his role as frontman for Sly & the Family Stone, a band which played a critical role in the development of soul, funk and psychedelia in the 1960s and... Sly & the Family Stone were an American rock band from San Francisco, California. ...


Momentum for the band began to build as they started opening for Jefferson Airplane and other successful local bands, with Columbia Records offering the Great Society a recording contract. By the time the contract arrived in the mail, however, Grace had been spirited away to replace departing vocalist Signe Toly Anderson in the Airplane, taking "Somebody to Love" and her own composition "White Rabbit," one of Great Society's live showcases, with her. As both the visual and musical focal point, the band could not survive without its lead singer, and disbanded in the fall of 1966. Grace and Jerry would divorce as well. Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Signe Toly Anderson (born 15 September 1941 in Seattle Washington) is one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane. ... White Rabbit is a psychedelic rock song from Jefferson Airplanes 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow. ...


Columbia would eventually release tapes of live performances by Great Society as two separate albums in 1968 after Grace found fame, repackaging both as a double LP in 1971. In 1995, Sundazed issued a compilation disc featuring the band's lone single amidst unreleased studio session material. Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A double album is an audio album of sufficient length that two units of the medium in which it is sold (especially records and compact discs) are necessary to contain the entirety of it. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Sundazed Records is a record label based in Coxsackie, in the Catskills of New York. ... CD redirects here. ...


Notably, "The Great Society" was a popular name for musical groups in the 1960s, due to the popularity of the term as used by the Lyndon Johnson administration in Washington, D.C. One so-named four-man group, based in Dallas, Texas, consisted of two British and two American musicians. The group lasted three years, toured extensively in the United States and Canada, then disbanded in 1969. On one occasion, in Ft. Worth, Texas, The Great Society (with Grace Slick) and the British/American version performed on opposite sides of the city on the same evening. For other uses, see Dallas (disambiguation). ...


The two American members of that group were Steve Holder (bass) and Preston Thomas (percussion). The British members were Ronnie Deangele (rhythm guitar) and Richard Thomas (lead guitar). All four are successful in other fields today.[citation needed]


Members

Vocals

  • David Miner
  • Jean Piersall (short time in 1965)
  • Grace Slick

Harmonica

  • Bard Dupont

Recorder

  • Grace Slick

Saxophone

  • Peter van Gelder

Organ

  • Grace Slick

Guitars

  • Darby Slick
  • Grace Slick
  • David Miner

Bass

  • Bard Dupont
  • Peter van Gelder
  • Grace Slick

Drums

  • Jerry Slick

Discography

Singles

Someone to Love directed by Harry Jaglom, is a film made in 1987. ...

Albums

  • The Great Society - Born to Be Burned, Sundazed 1995 (Recorded in 1965)
  • Grace Slick and The Great Society - Conspicuous Only in its Absence, Columbia 1968 (Recorded live in 1966 at The Martix)
    • concert version of "Somebody to Love" from this album included on sampler Rock Machine - I Love You, 1968, CBS
  • The Great Society - Live at the Matrix (Recorded live in the summer of 1966)
  • How It Was, Columbia 1968
  • Grace Slick and the Great Society: Collector's Item, Columbia 1971 (Recorded live September 1966)
Sundazed Records is a record label based in Coxsackie, in the Catskills of New York. ... Somebody to Love is a hit song most known by the Jefferson Airplane version. ... Rock Machine - I Love You is a sampler album, released by CBS in 1968. ...

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