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Barry ‘The Fish’ Melton (Country Joe & The Fish)

Written by conall. Posted in Blues'n'Jazz, Music

Over fifty three years ago, during the “Summer of Love” – 1967 – Barry “The Fish” Melton and his band, “Country Joe and the Fish,” were rocketed onto the world stage at the Monterey Pop Festival with such luminaries as the Jefferson Airplane, the Mamas and Papas, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, Simon and Garfunkel, the Who and a relatively unknown guitarist named Jimi Hendrix. And fifty one years ago, in 1969, Barry appeared at the historic festival in Woodstock New York and also appeared in the movie bearing the same name: “Woodstock.” During the five years between 1967 and 1971, Barry would tour arenas, concert halls, and stadiums through Europe and North America. He also launched his first solo effort, a blues/soul album half of which was recorded in New York with members of the Wilson Pickett Band and half of which was recorded in Chicago with a band featuring Donny Hathaway on piano, Morris Jennings on drums and Phillip Upchurch on bass. Barry began the 1970’s with an album for Columbia Records produced by legendary guitarist Michael Bloomfield, Barry took up part-time residence in the United Kingdom and recorded two albums at Rockfield Studios in Wales; and he toured extensively in the U.K., France and the Netherlands; Barry and ultimately returned home to San Francisco to record his fifth album of the decade. In the 1980’s, Barry put together San Francisco’s historic supergroup, “Dinosaurs,” featuring Barry and John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service, guitar), Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane, drums), Peter Albin (Big Brother and the Holding Company, bass), and Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead songwriter, guitar). Other members of the band later included Merl Saunders and Papa John Creech. “Dinosaurs” recorded its debut album and opened for Tony Bennett at the 50th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge celebration in 1987. In the 1990’s Barry played venues in San Francisco and he toured annually in such diverse locations as England, France, Scotland, Thailand and Wales. He also recorded three collaborations with other guitarists including “Dual in the Desert,” with Rich Hopkins of Texas, “Can’t Stop to Boogie,” with Tetuzi Akiyama of Japan and Henry Kaiser of California, and “Revolution Down the Road,” with French guitarist Over fifty three years ago, during the “Summer of Love” – 1967 – Barry “The Fish” Melton and his band, “Country Joe and the Fish,” were rocketed onto the world stage at the Monterey Pop Festival with such luminaries as the Jefferson Airplane, the Mamas and Papas, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, Simon and Garfunkel, the Who and a relatively unknown guitarist named Jimi Hendrix. And fifty one years ago, in 1969, Barry appeared at the historic festival in Woodstock New York and also appeared in the movie bearing the same name: “Woodstock.” During the five years between 1967 and 1971, Barry would tour arenas, concert halls, and stadiums through Europe and North America. He also launched his first solo effort, a blues/soul album half of which was recorded in New York with members of the Wilson Pickett Band and half of which was recorded in Chicago with a band featuring Donny Hathaway on piano, Morris Jennings on drums and Phillip Upchurch on bass. Barry began the 1970’s with an album for Columbia Records produced by legendary guitarist Michael Bloomfield, Barry took up part-time residence in the United Kingdom and recorded two albums at Rockfield Studios in Wales; and he toured extensively in the U.K., France and the Netherlands; Barry and ultimately returned home to San Francisco to record his fifth album of the decade. In the 1980’s, Barry put together San Francisco’s historic supergroup, “Dinosaurs,” featuring Barry and John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service, guitar), Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane, drums), Peter Albin (Big Brother and the Holding Company, bass), and Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead songwriter, guitar). Other members of the band later included Merl Saunders and Papa John Creech. “Dinosaurs” recorded its debut album and opened for Tony Bennett at the 50th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge celebration in 1987. In the 1990’s Barry played venues in San Francisco and he toured annually in such diverse locations as England, France, Scotland, Thailand and Wales. He also recorded three collaborations with other guitarists including “Dual in the Desert,” with Rich Hopkins of Texas, “Can’t Stop to Boogie,” with Tetuzi Akiyama of Japan and Henry Kaiser of California, and “Revolution Down the Road,” with French guitarist Stéphane Missri and their band, “Jamasutra. and their band, “Jamasutra. Barry Melton : vocals/guitar Stéphane Missri : guitar Doors 9 Music 9.30 Tickets TBC

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