Where were you 45 years ago on June 6, 1967? If you were in San Francisco, you were experiencing the beginning of what would be known around the world as the “Summer of Love.”June 6 was the opening day of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, created to tend to the medical needs of the thousands of young people who arrived looking for peace, love and harmony. And one of our home-grown bands, Country Joe and the Fish, with Joe McDonald and Barry Melton as cofounders, was helping to define our 1960s version of “counter-culture.”
The Country Joe and the Fish band performed an early example of what became known as “psychedelic music” according to the text with this YouTube clip. Here is Barry Melton’s vocal with some fun old photos from the late 1960s. In the first photo, Melton is the one standing up in the poncho:
And, where are they now?
The Haight Ashbury Free Clinics (plural) still exists, expanded, merged with another nonprofit and just held a black-tie fundraising gala at the St. Francis Hotel:
Barry “The Fish” Melton is still performing. In 1982, he started practicing law. He became certified by the State Bar as a criminal law specialist, and recently retired as the Public Defender of Yolo (think west of Sacramento) County. And you can “friend” him on Facebook.