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66 from '66 – R-S

The 66 records that built rock as we know it – all from 1966.

Our 66 from '66, from R-S.

The Rising Sons

Candy Man

Columbia single, February 1966

The only officially released ’66 example of this pre-supergroup (Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder, Gary Marker, Jesse Lee Kincaid and Kevin Kelley) was a jolly paean to the delights of  purchasing drugs, or ‘candy’, in New Orleans.  For a split second the Rising Sons’ accomplished blues and country folk rock might have been as popular as The Byrds or Moby Grape. Instead they became more important after they disbanded. Their blend of Taj’s blues, Marker’s progressive jazz and Cooder’s ability to play the entire guitar family paved the way for a new spirit of eclecticism: Americana before it officially existed. Plus, their split meant we got Taj Mahal and Cooder’s solo careers and Kelley’s part in The Byrds’ country revival, and their original drummer Ed Cassidy went on to form Spirit – so that’s four bands for the price of one. 


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