On December 30-31, 1966, County Joe and the Fish were performing at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, to welcome 1967. In January of 1967, the “Human Be-In” was staged in Golden Gate Park, followed by the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco. We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of that world famous summer in 2017.
Joe McDonald was a Vietnam-era Navy veteran and co-created the band with friends, such as Barry “The Fish” Melton, in early 1966. The original band is credited with being one of the first groups to play what became known as “psychedelic rock.” McDonald has never stopped performing.
He traveled to Woodstock in 1969 and became a solo artist. Here he is singing what became his most famous song.
Original band member Barry Melton is still performing around the Bay Area. While continuing to work in music, he got a law degree and served as a deputy public defender, starting in 1994, for Mendocino County. He retired from government service as Yolo County’s chief public defender in 2009.
Here he is playing and singing a couple of years ago:
If you are curious about what is being planned for the 50th anniversary, here is the Web site: http://50thsummeroflove.com/index.php
It seems we need the “message of love” again now!
Wishing you joy and love for our new year,