Randy California

Randy Craig Wolfe

Also known as California, R California, R. California, R.California
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.randycaliforniaandspirit.com/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_California

Discography of Randy California:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 American Society / Broken Birds 3 Audio 1990 Ptolemaic Terrascope
2 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 8 Audio 1980 Embassy
3 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 8 Audio 1991 Epic
4 Euro - American 11 Audio 1982 Line Records
5 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 8 Audio 1972 Epic
6 Euro - American 11 Audio 1982 Beggars Banquet
7 Restless 10 Audio 1985 Vertigo
8 Restless 10 Audio 1985 Vertigo
9 Sea Dream 32 Audio 2002 Acadia
10 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 8 Audio Epic
11 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 8 Audio 1972 Epic
12 Shattered Dreams 4 Audio 1982 Beggars Banquet
13 Euro - American 11 Audio 1982 Beggars Banquet
14 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 8 Audio Embassy
15 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 8 Audio Epic
16 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 12 Audio 2010 Esoteric Recordings
17 Euro - American 11 Audio 1988 Line Records
18 Euro - American 11 Audio 1982 Line Records
19 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 11 Audio 2008 Acadia
20 All Along The Watchtower 5 Audio 1982 Beggars Banquet
21 Euro - American 11 Audio 1982 Polydor
22 Euro - American 11 Audio 1982 Polydor
23 All Along The Watchtower 2 Audio 1982 Beggars Banquet
24 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 10 Audio 1993 Edsel Records
25 Euro - American 11 Audio 1982 Friends Records
26 Shane 3 Audio 1985 Vertigo
27 Restless 17 Audio 2003
28 Shattered Dreams 11 Audio 1997 Line Records
29 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 8 Audio
30 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds 8 Audio 1972 Epic
31 Restless 10 Audio 1985 Polydor
32 Shattered Dreams 11 Audio 1986 Line Records
33 Restless 10 Audio 1985 Vertigo
34 Euro - American/Shattered Dreams 24 Audio 1992 Line Records


February 20, 1951 – January 2, 1997

Guitarist, singer and songwriter. Founding member of the rock group [a=Spirit (8)], formed in 1967.

Randy was born into a musical family in Los Angeles and spent his early years studying varied styles at the family's Los Angeles folk club, the Ash Grove. In 1966, at the age of 15, when his mother Bernice Pearl and new stepfather, [a=Ed Cassidy] , moved to New York City where Cassidy had a number of jazz gigs lined up. It was there, at Manny's Guitars, that Randy met [a=Jimi Hendrix]. He played in Hendrix's band The Blue Flame that summer.

The stage name "Randy California" was given to him by Hendrix to distinguish him from another Randy in the band, who Hendrix had dubbed "Randy Texas". When Hendrix was invited to come to England by former bassist of British Invasion band The Animals [a=Chas Chandler], Randy's parents did not allow him to go so that he could finish high school. By some accounts, Chandler wanted Hendrix as the only guitarist for the band and nixed California's going to England. Hendrix invited Randy anyway, so they could "go find [a=Jeff Beck]".

Together with Cassidy, songwriter/front-man [a=Jay Ferguson], bassist [a=Mark Andes], & keyboardist [a=John Locke], California founded the band Spirit. Their first, self-titled album was released in January 1968, a month before California's 17th birthday. It has been suggested that [a=Jimmy Page] borrowed California's guitar part from "Taurus" off the album [r=2436399] when he wrote "Stairway to Heaven". Led Zeppelin was on the same bill as Spirit on some American dates in 1968 and 1969, which has further fueled this controversy. In 1996, in the liner notes for the reissue of Spirit's first album, California stated "People always ask me why 'Stairway to Heaven' sounds exactly like 'Taurus,' which was released two years earlier. I know Led Zeppelin also played 'Fresh Garbage' in their live set. They opened up for us on their first American tour". Since "Fresh Garbage" is a song from the same album that includes the song "Taurus", this only adds to the controversy that Led Zeppelin was at least aware of the song.

He then wrote the band's biggest hit, 1968's "I Got a Line on You" for Spirit's second album, [r=1271736].

Spirit was invited to open for Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. However, band manager & producer [a=Lou Adler], opposed it because the band was busy promoting their latest album, [r=1167375].

When Ferguson and Andes left Spirit to form Jo Jo Gunne due to the slow sales of [r=1015930], & then his dear friend Hendrix died, a depressed California left Spirit. He recorded [r=1612326], featuring many Hendrix-like tracks also featuring former Experience bassist [a=Noel Redding], AKA [a=Clit McTorius].

In 1974 California legally acquired the band name Spirit.

Randy California drowned in the ocean while rescuing his 12-year-old son from a rip current near the home of Bernice Pearl at Molokai, Hawaii. He managed to push his son Quinn, who survived, towards the shore.

RIP


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