Beautifully framed, original postcard signed by members of Big Brother and The Holding Company, Booker T & The MG's and Iron Butterfly.
Highlights of postcard readings:
"Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco: Big Brother & Holding Company, Iron Butterfly, Booker T and MGs." Blank side reads, Fillmore Auditorium and its address.
RR Auctions Certificate of Authenticity Description:
Original color 4.5 x 7.55 advertisement postcard for a show by Big Brother and the Holding Company, Iron Butterfly, and Booker T and the MGs, signed in felt tip by Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn and Booker T of Booker T and the MGs, Sam Andrew, Peter Albin, and David Goetz of Big Brother, and Iron Butterfly's Ron Bushy, in fine condition.
About these famous Groups:
Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Greatful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane. After some initial personnel changes, the band became well known with the lineup of vocalist Janis Joplin, guitarists Sam Andrew and James Gurley, bassist Peter Albin, and drummer Dave Getz. Their second album Cheap Thrills, released in 1968, is considered one of the masterpieces of the Psychedelic sound of San Francisco; it reached number one on the Billboard charts, and was ranked number 338 in Rolling Stone's the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Joplin left the band in 1968, following the recording of Cheap Thrills, for a successful solo career. The band recruited new members Nick Gravenites, Kathi McDonald, and Dave Schallock to replace her and released two more albums before breaking up in 1972. The classic lineup (minus Joplin, who had died in 1970) reunited in 1987 and have continued to perform ever since, with a variety of different lead singers, though James Gurley left for a solo career in 1997, and Sam Andrew died in 2015.
Booker T and the MGs:
Booker T. and the MG’s, American band that was among the finest instrumental ensembles in soul music in the 1960s. The original members were organist Booker T. Jones (b. November 12, 1944, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.), drummer Al Jackson, Jr. (b. November 27, 1935, Memphis—d. October 1, 1975, Memphis), guitarist Steve Cropper (b. October 21, 1941, Willow Springs, Missouri), and bassist Lewie Polk Steinberg (b. September 13, 1933, Memphis—d. July 21, 2016, Memphis). Bassist Donald (“Duck”) Dunn (b. November 24, 1941, Memphis—May 13, 2012, Tokyo, Japan) replaced Steinberg about 1965.
With their signature tune, "Green Onions" (1962), and other enticing melodies such as “Boot-Leg” (1965), “Hip Hug-Her” (1967), and “Time Is Tight” (1969), Booker T. and the MG’s (for “Memphis Group”) brought the Memphis Soun to millions worldwide. When “Green Onions” became a million-selling hit in 1962, Jones was only 18. Already a veteran of the Memphis scene, he brought together Cropper (who practically resided at Stax Records), Jackson, and Dunn. United by a passion for soul music, they became the core of a shifting alignment of musicians (including the Mar-Keys, the Bar-Kays, and the Memphis Horns) that acted as the house band for Stax Records, assisting in the creation of countless masterworks by such performers as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave. The group’s racial composition—Jones and Jackson were Black, and Cropper and Dunn were white—mirrored the hopes of the integrationist era. They played together until 1971 and re-formed periodically thereafter, though without the impact they had in the 1960s. Booker T. and the MG’s were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
Iron Butterfly first formed in 1966 in San Diego, with original members Doug Ingle (vocals, organ), Jack Pinney (drums), Greg Willis (bass), and Danny Weis (guitar). Signing on shortly after was vocalist and tambourine player Darryl DeLoach. Jerry Penrod replaced Willis after the band relocated to Los Angeles in the summer of 1966, and Jack Pinney left to return to school. Bruce Morse replaced Pinney on drums until Ron Bushy came aboard. A booking at Bido Lito's club in Hollywood soon led to regular appearances at the Galaxy Club and The Whisky a Go Go. The band soon landed a contract with Atco Records and recorded their first album, "Heavy" in the summer of 1967. Unfortunately, all but Ingle and Bushy left the group shortly after, and the two remaining musicians were faced with the possibility of the record not being released. They quickly found replacements in bassist Lee Dorman and 17-year-old guitarist Erik Brann, and resumed touring.
On May 27th, 1968, the band recorded their second album at Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, New York. Released just a couple of weeks later, the effort, titled "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", entered the Billboard album chart on September 7th. It soon gained attention for its 17 minute title track that occupied the entire second side of the LP, and climbed to #4 on the Hot 200 chart. The middle of the song featured a two-and-a-half-minute Ron Bushy drum solo. Bushy would later explain that the song was written during the very early days of the band when Doug Ingle, who had drank an entire gallon of Red Mountain wine, played the song for him. Bushy wrote down the badly slurred lyrics, and what was interpreted as "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was actually supposed to be "In The Garden Of Eden". It proved to be one of the pioneer songs that spurned the popularity of extended jams in Progressive Rock. The album became a multi-million-seller and was for a number of years the biggest-selling item in Atlantic Records' catalogue. The LP also became the record industry's first Platinum disc, selling over four million copies. It contained everything a Rock fan could want, neo-classical organ with Far East undertones, a solid beat, screeching guitar parts, barbed-wire feedback and a long drum solo. A single version of the song hit #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1968 during a seven week Top 40 run. Magnificently overwrought at the time, the intervening years have been less kind to its standing.
The follow-up LP, "Ball", was less of a success, despite being a better collection of songs, notably the invigorating "It Must Be Love" and the more subtle "Soul Experience". Braunn departed after a weak live album and was replaced by two guitarists: Larry 'Rhino' Rheinhart, and Mike Pinera. However, no further success ensued. The album "Metamorphosis" was a confused collection, recorded when the band was disintegrating, and in 1971, the band split up. They re-formed in the mid-'70s with a new line-up of Ron Bushy and Eric Brann joined by bassist Phil Kramer and Howard Reitzes delivering two disappointing albums. A very brief semi-reunion in 1978, enlisting Jimi Henderson on vocals and bassist Keith Ian Ellis, imploded during a tour of Germany when Ellis was found dead in a motel room. Between 1974 and 1978, Doug Ingle left the music business and managed a recreational vehicle park in the Los Angeles National Forest. He also spent time painting houses in Oregon, Washington and California.
On May 14, 1988, all of the original members got together for the Atlantic Recording Corporation's 40th anniversary concert and celebration at Madison Square Garden, New York. Only artists who had released material on the Atlantic label in the United States performed, and included The Rascals, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Genesis, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Bee Gees, Vanilla Fudge and many others. Another re-formation, this time in 1992, was masterminded by Mike Pinera. A new version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was recorded and Pinera recruited Lee Dorman and Ron Bushy for an extensive tour of the USA. By 1993, the legendary "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" album had sold an astonishing 25 million copies, and in 1995, the band re-formed once more for an anniversary tour.
On February 12, 1995, bassist Phil Kramer, who took Lee Dorman's place when Iron Butterfly re-formed in 1975, disappeared after calling police and threatening suicide. He was never heard from again, which led to a massive search and many news reports and talk show topics, including an episode of Oprah, and even a segment on the TV show Unsolved Mysteries some years later. His body was found in a canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains, on May 31st, 1999, over four years later. At the time of his death, he was 42.
In 1997, Iron Butterfly re-formed again, this time with original members Doug Ingle, Lee Dorman and Ron Bushy being joined by Eric Barnett and Derek Hilland. The band enjoyed a highly successful tour of Europe and had planned a new CD that never got off the ground. On July 28th, 2003, guitarist Erik Braunn died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles at the age of 52. In December, 2005, keyboardist Martin Gerschwitz and guitarist Charlie Marinkovich joined Lee Dorman and Ron Bushy for yet another edition of Iron Butterfly, who continued to tour. Iron Butterfly was among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. On September 12th, 2010, Iron Butterfly received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Annual San Diego Music Awards. A little over a year later, Rhino Records released "Iron Butterfly: Filmore East 1968", a double CD recorded at the Fillmore East on April 26 and 27, 1968. On January 2nd, 2012, former Iron Butterfly guitarist Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt passed away at the age of 63. For that upcoming spring, the band was booked for another busy tour across Europe. Sadly, bassist Lee Dorman died of natural causes on December 21st, 2012 at the age of 70. On January 15, 2020 the Official Iron Butterfly website listed the lineup of the band for that year as Eric Barnett (guitar, vocals), Dave Meros (bass, vocals), Bernie Pershey (drums, percussion), Martin Gerschwitz (keyboards, vocals), with Ron Bushy occasionally appearing on drums. Regrettably, Bushy passed away on August 29th, 2021 at the age of 79 after a battle with esophageal cancer.