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Geronimo Black Live 1969

by Geronimo Black

1968 Jimmy Carl Black and Andy Cahan formed Geronimo Black with Bunk Gardner, Tom Leavey, Denny Walley, Tjay Contrelli, Ray Collins, Cris Pritchard and Oz Bach. These are live recordings from The Ash Grove, Topanga Corral and Lompoc Prison.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Let Us Live rare (Live)
4:37 $0.99
2. Her Love Brings A Glow (Live)
4:49 $0.99
3. Love Smiles (Live)
4:24 $0.99
4. She Showed Me (Live)
2:49 $0.99
5. TCP People (Live)
11:09 $0.99
6. What's Going On Chee King Kong (Live)
4:28 $0.99
7. D Minor Jam (Live)
13:39 $0.99
8. Geronimo at Lompoc on KMET (Live)
16:27 $0.99
9. Uneasy (Live)
1:23 $0.99
10. Let Us Live (Live)
8:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
One day Scooby calls me up and says, “ Do you know who Jimmy Carl Black is?”. I freaked out and said, “ Yes! Of course I do!” Scooby then told me he was looking to start a band and recommended that we get together! I was very excited and couldn’t wait for jimmy to come over.
A couple of days later, There was a knock at my door. Standing there was the “Indian Of The Group” Jimmy Carl Black and Roy Estrada, famous base player with Zappa was with him. I was blown away to see Jimmy in the flesh, a living idle. So I started to play some original songs on my Harpsichord for Jimmy and Roy. They liked my stuff very much and immediately suggested that we get together and start rehearsing. We had our first rehearsal at Jimmy's house with me and Roy. It worked out very well and still we decided to try to get more members of the band together. Also at that time I was rehearsing with the violin player main Greg Block who played violin with the group “ It's A Beautiful Day “ Greg was already familiar with several of my songs and sounded really good with Jimmy and Roy. Jimmy also recommended the keyboard player friend of his Doctor Lauren Newkirk. We rehearsed a couple more weeks with and for some strange reason which I cannot remember, Roy had to do something else so I immediately suggested Tom Leavey on base. So the six of us ended up rehearsing about 10 songs until they were ready to roll. A couple of weeks later, Jimmy got us our first gig at a church in the San Fernando Valley of which I don't remember the name. That was quite a trip, the very first Geronimo Black gig in a church.

We had a great time in our new world! It was very exciting rehearsing and getting waisted on weed and beer! Good Times !

After that gig Jimmy brought in Bunk Gardner, his very close friend and musician with the original Zappa Band. Bunk played bassoon (through a ‘wa wa’ pedal), clarinet, alto,tenor and soprano sax, wood recorder, alto flute, piccolo flute, base flute and piano.
Then we brought on Oz Bach from “Spanky and Our Gang” to help out with the vocals. We then booked time at Larrabee Studios, a small recording studio on Larrabee Street in West Hollywood originally owned by pop lyricist, Gerry Goffin and his wife and songwriting partner/singer, Carol King. We recorded a 16 track master of a song I wrote called “Uneasy”. I played Hammond B3 and Piano. The vocals were not in tune bumming me out big time that we didn’t fix them. After tracking, I remember walking back into the control booth and who would be sitting there….. Frank Zappa. Quite a compliment to me for sure.
We needed a guitar player. So we hooked up with a great kid named Cris Pritchard. He sang well and was a real good guitar player.
Soon after that, we signed a management deal with Sepp Donahower and Denny Bruce who also managed Leo Kottke. They booked us at The Ash Grove on Melrose in Los Angeles. We played the grand opening with Leo Kottke and many more times there at the Ash Grove.
Soon after The Ash Grove, We added Tjay Contrelli saxophonist from the group ‘Love’ and Ray Collins, who his musical career singing falsetto backup vocals for various doo-wop groups in the Los Angeles area in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including Little Julian Herrera and the Tigers.In 1964, Collins, drummer Jimmy Carl Black, bassist Roy Estrada, saxophonist Dave Coronado, and guitarist Ray Hunt formed The Soul Giants. Hunt was eventually replaced by Frank Zappa, and the group evolved into the Mothers of Invention. Ray was the lead vocalist on their early albums, including Freak Out!, Absolutely Free, Cruising with Ruben & the Jets and Uncle Meat and provided harmonica on Freak Out!



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