Flyin’ High

Country Joe and the Fish

Summer 1967.  I was 16, and spending the summer at my parents’ beach house in Oxnard, California. To promote a concert at The Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, the local AM station was playing singles by the bands- Purple Haze by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine by Country Joe and the Fish. I was floored by the Fish song, and later album, and their guitarist Barry Melton was perhaps my first “guitar hero.” I would go on to see the band perform many times over the next three years, and their music served as an introduction to the Quicksilver Messenger Service, Grateful Dead, and Big Brother and the Holding Company. Flyin’ High is the opening song on the record.

My Grandfather’s Grave

Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery,

Just south of Medford Oregon