I was there at the Shrine to see Bob come in riding on
a baby elephant. He says in the interview it was either '68 or 69: it
was both it was New Year's Eve (See
"The Bear," an article on Bob Hite),
Debbie Hollier, Nevada City, CA
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Who else played with Canned Heat and Deep Purple at the
Shrine in '68?
I think the Shrine show on New Years in '68, where
Bob Hite rode out on the elephant, also featured Poco, Lee Michaels, Black
Pearl, Love Army and Sweetwater. Don't know that Deep Purple was booked
on that evening.
Bill, maybe you're thinking about the International
Pop Fest in San Francisco a few months earlier that featured these fine
folks... Procol Harum, Iron Butterfly, Jose Feliciano, Johnny Rivers,
Eric Burdon And The Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grass Roots,
The Chambers Brothers, Deep Purple, Fraternity of Man & Canned Heat
or possibly the following year in Jan of 1970 when Deep Purple appeared
with Canned Heat and Renaissance on a triple-bill in London at the Royal
One final note: The current Johnny
Otis piece didn't mention it, but it was Mr. Otis that took Canned
Heat into the studio the very first time to record in 1966. Small world,
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Thank u for posting it! Bob is still boogin' around!!
Bear," an article on Bob Hite),
Stefano Di Leonardo, Fisciano (Salerno, Italy)
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Great Read! (See
"The Bear," an article on Bob Hite) I will post it on Bob
"THE BEAR" Hite Official Facebook Page,
Dave Tohill, Brandon, UK
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Hello Tim, thank you so much for letting a huge Canned
Heat fan check out this
with the Bear. I really enjoyed it.
Rick Caldwell, Fairfield, Ohio
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I knew Bob Hite in the 60's. Canned Heat played at our
high school prom 1966 Rexford High. The Family Dog, Chet Helms, Skip Taylor.
Max Kalik, Los Angeles, CA
I just discovered you from an email I received from Preston
Smith disclosing his next event. I wanted to tap into his website Prestonsmithmusic
but it would not link from your site for some reason. I have to say Preston
really is a genius and I met him in Glendale at a jazz club about three
years ago, after a fatal accident. By chance, I was invited to spend time
hanging out with Preston and some friends after his gig. He is everything
you say and I will never forget his amazing creativity and his positive
influence in my life.
Janelle, Palm Springs, CA
Love the article! (on Lowell George) Lowell was
Forrest George, Warren, Vermont
This Bob Hite interview is the most interesting thing
I have read concerning Canned Heat. I have Fito's book, but I always was
interested in learning more about Bob Hite. You did it here my friend...great
Tony Musto - Pittston, PA
Hey Tim, Great article on Preston! I really enjoyed it
and you did your homework. I'll probably catch PS this weekend.
Dave - Northridge, CA
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Hello, what a great article on Preston Smith! I actually
met Preston one evening after an Acoustic set of my own at the Prestigeous
Carlton Hotel here in Atascadero, Ca. We were loading up and he happened
to be walking down the sidewalk and stop to say hello. I must say that
he is a truly interesting and talented man that NEVER forgets to let me
know when he is playing around the Central Coast where I live. It was
so fun to read about who he truly is...(as if you don't know him the first
time you meet him)! My adventures have only just begun as I recently returned
from Nashville recording my self titled debut EP. I can only hope that
my adventures down the road are as enlightening as Preston's and that
I have the honor of a great writer such as yourself to share them with
the world. Thank you for doing just that, sharing "Preston Smith"
with the world.
Amy Estrada - Atascadero, CA
My name is Bert, I'm from Italy and I'm a blues harmonica
player...I read your article and it reminded me of the two trips I made
in the Delta, in 2008 and 2009. I love Frank's music and I think it's
a shame people don't really know his work. It's important that people
like you write about him. Thank you! In the Delta I was only a "stupid"
tourist, but it was a great, unique experience I consider one of the most
important in my life: driving on the highways, Listening to the blues
everywhere, jamming in places like Red's and ground Zero in Clarksdale
or the Blues Bar in Greenville... are priceless things, something I will
keep in my heart for the rest of my life. I met a beautiful, lovely woman
there too (named Hope), but I behaved like a stupid kid and I lost her...
Alas! I will never forget that days and the chance I had to find happiness...Well,
I also wrote something about Frank on a website, but it's in Italian...
I give you the link of the first part (the second will be published in
the next weeks) anyway if you know some Italian or somebody who can understand
it... Even if I'm thinking of making a translation ...www.bluessummit.com
Bert - Pavia, Italy
I wanna be Tim!
Brent, Seattle, WA
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Those pictures give you an idea of what the Rockin' Pneumonia
actually looks like and it looks BAD! But the man can still play! Enjoyed
the article - give us more TRAVELING BLUES BOY!
Steve Thomas - NA, INDIANA
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Good Stuff, Tim. Having been a Johnny Winter fan since
the first time I heard Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo, it was great hearing his
take on some his highlight moments that defined his blues career. His
affiliation with Muddy Waters was particularly interesting. Kudos for
bringing that out. Thanks to your dedication to covering the blues scene,
this "one of a kind" music still lives for servicemen &
women around the world. Keep it Up!
Brandon Williams, Moreno Valley, CA
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Impressive! What a legend and how cool that you got so
much time with him, Tim.
Don, Louisville, KY
Tim - Great article, enjoyed Little Feat/Lowell George
story, really brought me back in time. Did not know he was a fishin' man!
Wonder what surfaces out of the abyss of your memory next?
Steve Thomas, New Albany, IN
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I really liked your travel back in time with Lowell and
Little Feat. As a long time Feat fan (mostly the stuff with Lowell) it
was cool to read. I learned several of their songs back in the day and
they still stand up today when played live. Another singer I really liked
from back then is TimBuckley. Thanks for the article.
Chet Hogoboom, Arroyo Grande, CA
Loved your last issue of TB, especially the Mayall piece.
I want that guy's job!
Brent, Seattle, WA
This is a great write up. Has it been printed in any magazines? It's
better than a lot of things I read in my guitar magazines, so props for
Caejar, Moreno Valley, CA
I can tell that you have this passion for jazz. I wonder if you yourself
play any instrument. Or are you just a groupie like most of us?
I talked with a mid-aged flute jazz artist a few weeks ago and he lamented
that despite his talents (and he is extremely talented) he says that the industry
hasn't been kind to him. He said jobs are few and far between. He said
the music industry is combating piracy and competition due to technology
being readily available to private homes and that they are not as profitable
as before. So they are replacing live talent for synthesized or digital
Do you see the same trend in your relationships with your music network?
Bob, Pasadena, CA