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ZEPHYR: Tommy Bolin | Candy Givens | David Givens | John Faris | Robbie Chamberlin | Bobby Berge ....
ZEPHYR was founded in early 1969 in Boulder, Colorado by a group of young (17-20) musicians who thought they could do just about anything. They played concerts, pop festivals, rock clubs, mountain tops, chicken coups, beaches, and just about anyplace else they could find electricity. In their original form, they made records for ABC and Warner Brothers, played on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, and raised roofs all over North America including The Avalon Ballroom, The Fillmore West, The Fillmore East, The Whisky A-Go-Go, and a hundred others. Sometimes they opened the show for a big name, sometimes they were the big name. For three years, they were among the hottest live bands ever seen. But, their stars were crossed and they fell upon hard times. Tommy Bolin, the guitarist, left the band to become a guitar slinger for hire with the likes of Billy Cobham, Alphonse Mouzon, The James Gang, and Deep Purple. He died at 25 in 1976 by misadventure. Candy Givens, the singer, and her husband, bassist David Givens, kept ZEPHYR alive in one form or another until her death, again my misadventure, in 1984. They had been blackballed out of the major leagues by their former manager but they continued to write and record their own music and made a living working colleges, ski towns, bars, weddings, and dives all over The Rocky Mountain Empire. John Faris, organist and woodwinds man, played with Candy and David off and on for years before leaving for Los Angeles to look for fame and fortune - it didn't happen and he died broke back home in Cincinnati in 2006. Robbie Chamberlin, the drummer played around Colorado for many years until he was robbed of his skills by Parkinsons. Bobby Berge, Robbie's replacement, played with Tommy off and on until Tommy's death in 1976. He's home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota playing great and helping to keep Tommy's memory alive.
But, in spite of the rough nature of their careers, they left behind some great music, great memories in the minds of those who were there to experience them, and they are still remembered well into the 21st century for their brief, brilliant moment in the sun.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (As at June 2016)
Zephyr was a blues-based hard rock band formed in 1969 in Boulder, Colorado by guitarist Tommy Bolin, keyboardist John Faris, David Givens on bass guitar, Robbie Chamberlin on drums and Candy Givens on vocals. Although the charismatic performances by Candy Givens were originally the focal point for the band, it was the flashy guitar work of Tommy Bolin that the band is best remembered for. After Bolin left, he was replaced by Jock Bartley, and the band recorded the album Sunset Ride, their second for Warner Brothers Records. The album is still in print and is much loved by a small but loyal following. On Sunset Ride, Candy Givens displayed her gifts as a singer, composer, and harmonica player. The album was produced by David Givens who also authored the majority of the tunes. As a result of his stint with Zephyr, Bartley went on to a successful career with Gram Parsons and Firefall and drummer, Michael Wooten, went on to play for several years with Carole King. Various versions of Zephyr continued to play in Colorado until Candy's death in 1984. The release of "Heartbeat" in 1982 was promoted by a video that incorporated very early examples of analog computer animation combined with live action.
Other Zephyr members of note include trance blues maven, Otis Taylor, who played bass during the mid-1970s, Kenny Wilkins (Drums) and also later on as (guitarist), guitarist Zack Smith (founder of Columbia Records band Scandal), and blues guitarist, Eddie Turner, who played guitar in the last incarnation during the early 1980s. Candie and David, Tommy, and John Faris were all founding members of The Legendary 4Nikators, Boulder's oldest and best loved party band. Taylor and Turner were later additions to The Legendary 4Nikators - Taylor noted for playing motorcycle on stage during "Leader Of The Pack" and performing in a kilt and Turner for his renditions of Jimi Hendrix classics.
40 years after, Zephyr's music is still in print and continues to be played in the various media. YouTube has brought new eyes and ears to the band.
In 2014, record producer, Greg Hampton and David Givens collaborated on a project that resulted in the release of a limited edition boxed set that included a remastered version of the "bathtub" album, two albums of live material - mostly previously unreleased, and a booklet featuring liner notes by Givens and photos from his private collection. The remastered first album is an unqualified improvement over the original and the live material justifies the high esteem the band accrued with the audiences that witnessed their performances. The boxes sold out in less than a month.
Recorded at Wally Hieder Studio, Hollywood, California, October & November, 1969. Released February, 1970 on ABC Probe. Remastered & released on Casablanca, May 27, 2014
GOING BACK TO COLORADO 1970
Recorded October-November 1970 at Electric Lady Studios, New York. Produced by Eddie Kramer. Released spring 1971 on Warner Brothers Records
Sunset Boulevard Records 2 CD release of ZEPHYR (featuring Tommy Bolin) – "Going Back To Colorado" and "Leaving Colorado". Remastered original album with many unreleased tracks.
SUNSET RIDE 1971
Recorded autumn 1971 at Summit Studios, Denver, Colorado and Gotham Recorders in New York. Produced by David Givens and Malcolm Addey. Released spring 1972 on Warner Brothers Records. Remastered and released on BGO Records, August 2015
The band's last official release featuring Eddie Turner on guitar.
ZEPHYR LIVE At Arts Bar & Grill, May 2, 1973
Released on the Tommy Bolin Archives. The band reformed for this legendary concert, featuring material culled mainly from the debut album.