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“When the music’s finally finished and the crowd is all long gone, ….
within the poster lies the memories that linger and live on” Professor Poster


The featured artist on this “Poster From The Past” is our friend Lee Conklin. The image on this piece is made up of an ice field or glacier next to a body of water. The walls of the glacier are made up of among other things, breasts, fingers and other body parts. The letter “O” in the word Fillmore is a human face. The lettering emerges from the wall of the glacier. Throughout the late sixties in San Francisco people regularly saw motorcycle riders such as Hells Angels riding around the city. Most people noticed these bikers after many years of riding seemed almost to become part of their motorcycles, but only Lee Conklin had the vision to portrait them as modern day centaurs, half man, half motorcycle, the 20th century equivalent of the Greek myth who was half horse, half man. These creations of Conklin, made their first appearance on this image up next to the pillars of ice making up some of the lettering. This is BG #126 in the old Fillmore poster series.

It was back 46 years ago on this day in June back in 1968, that six days of music began with Albert King, the Loading Zone, Rain, Ten Years After, Canned Heat and Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, who all played their fantastic shows at The Fillmore Auditorium. Light show provided by Holy See. This poster was printed only once.

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albertAlbert King

 Albert King (April 25, 1923 – December 21, 1992) was an American blues guitarist and singer, and a major influence in the world of blues guitar playing. King was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May 2013. One of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with B.B. King and Freddie King), Albert King stood 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), some reports say 6 ft 7 in and weighed 250 pounds  and was known as “The Velvet Bulldozer”.

During the earlier part of his career, he recorded several singles for smaller record labels. In 1966, he began an association with Stax Records, where he enjoyed his greatest commercial success with both singles and albums. After Stax’s bankruptcy in 1975, King recorded for several smaller labels. Meanwhile, his former record companies issued a number of live recordings, compilations, and re-packaged material. This trend accelerated after King’s death in 1992, resulting in some charting releases as well as the inevitable redundancies.

Ten_Years_After_(1970)Ten Years After

Ten Years After are an English blues rock band, most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Between 1968 and 1973, Ten Years After scored eight Top 40albums on the UK Albums Chart In addition they had twelve albums enter the US Billboard 200, and are best known for tracks such as “I’m Going Home”, “Hear Me Calling”, “I’d Love to Change the World” and “Love Like a Man“.

The band’s core formed in late 1960 as Ivan Jay and the Jaycats. After several years of local success in the Nottingham/Mansfield area, known since 1962 as the Jaybirds and later as Ivan Jay and the Jaymen, Alvin Lee and Leo Lyonsfounded Ten Years After. Ivan Jay (born Ivan Joseph Harrison, 1939,Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, died in April 2009, USA) sang lead vocals from late 1960 to 1962 and was joined by Ric Lee in August 1965, replacing drummer Dave Quickmire (born David Quickmire, 1940, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire), who had replaced Pete Evans (born Peter Evans, 1940, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire) in 1962. Ray Cooper (born 11 November 1943, Husthwaite, Nottinghamshire) played rhythm guitar, vocals from 1960 to 1962.

Canned_Heat_1970Canned Heat

Canned Heat  is an American blues/boogie rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965.

The group has been noted for its own interpretations of blues material as well as for efforts to promote the interest in this type of music and its original artists. It was launched by two blues enthusiasts, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite, who took the name from Tommy Johnson‘s 1928 “Canned Heat Blues”, a song about an alcoholic who had desperately turned to drinking Sterno, generically called “canned heat”. After appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals at the end of the 1960s, the band acquired worldwide fame with a lineup consisting of Bob Hite, vocals, Alan Wilson, guitar, harmonica and vocals, Henry Vestine(and later, Harvey Mandel) on lead guitar, Larry Taylor on bass, and Adolfo de la Parra on drums.

The music and attitude of Canned Heat afforded them a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the hippie era. Canned Heat appeared at most major musical events at the end of the 1960s, and were able to deliver on stage electrifying performances of blues standards and their own material and occasionally to indulge into lengthier ‘psychedelic’ solos. Two of their songs – “Going Up the Country” and “On the Road Again“ – became international hits. “Going Up the Country” was a remake of the Henry Thomas song “Bull Doze Blues” recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1927. “On the Road Again” was a cover version of the 1953 Floyd Jones song of the same name, which is reportedly based on the Tommy Johnson song “Big Road Blues” recorded in 1928.

LT-LOADThe Loading Zone

The Loading Zone was an American rock band of the late 1960s and early 1970s. They issued two albums worth of material, with differing band lineups, before disbanding in 1971.

They were formed in Oakland, California in 1966 by singer-keyboardist Paul Fauerso, following the dissolution of his jazz group The Tom Paul Trio. The original lineup was Fauerso, bassist Bob Kridle, drummer Ted Kozlowski (replaced by George Newcom), and guitarists Peter Shapiro and Steve Dowler both formerly of Berkeley psychedelic rock band The Marbles, who had supported Jefferson Airplane at the historic “Tribute to Dr. Strange”, the inaugural Family Dog promotion concert held at San Francisco’s Longshoreman’s Hall in October 1965.

205182Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks

Daniel Ivan Hicks (born December 9, 1941, in Little Rock, Arkansas), is an American singer-songwriter who combines cowboy folk, jazz, country, swing,bluegrass, pop, and gypsy music in his sound. He is perhaps best known for the songs “I Scare Myself” and “Canned Music.” His songs are frequently infused with humor, as evidenced by the title of his tune, “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?” His latest album, Live at Davies, was released in 2013. As of March 2015, Hicks announced on his website that he had been stricken with liver cancer and while confident in his recovery, would be postponing all live performances.

In 1968, Hicks formed Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks with violinist David LaFlamme. LaFlamme was quickly replaced by jazz violinist “Symphony” Sid Page. Vocalists Sherry Snow and Christine Gancher, guitarist Jon Weber, and bassist Jaime Leopold filled out the band, unusual in having no drummer. This line-up was signed to Epic and in 1969 issued the album Original Recordings, produced by Bob Johnston. The first Hot Licks line-up lasted until 1971 and then disintegrated.

When Hicks reformed the band, Page and Leopold remained, and vocalists Naomi Ruth Eisenberg and Maryann Price joined, followed later by guitarist John Girton. This group recorded three albums, culminating in 1973’s Last Train to Hicksville (on which the group first added a drummer). After existing as a critical success only, this last album gained the group wider acclaim, as evidenced by Hicks’ appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone.