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Blue Cheer

San Francisco-based Blue Cheer was what, in the late '60s, they used to call a "power trio": Dickie Peterson (b. 1948, Grand Forks, ND) (bass, vocals), Paul Whaley (drums), and Leigh Stephens (guitar). They played what later was called heavy metal, and when they debuted in January 1968 with the album Vincebus Eruptum and a Top 40 cover of Eddie Cochran's hit "Summertime Blues," they sounded louder and more extreme than anything that had come before them. As it turned out, they were a precursor of much that would come after. Unfortunately, Blue Cheer itself didn't get much chance to profit from its prescience. Shortly after its breakthrough, the group was wracked by personnel changes. Leigh Stephens was replaced by Randy Holden after the release of the second album, Outsideinside (August 1968). Holden left during the recording of the third album, and Bruce Stephens (b. 1946) (vocals, guitar), and Ralph Burns Kellogg (keyboards) joined to finish New! Improved! Blue Cheer (March 1969). Then Whaley quit and was replaced by Norman Mayell (b. 1942, Chicago), leaving Peterson as the only original member. Bruce Stephens quit during the recording of the fourth album, Blue Cheer (December, 1969), and Gary L. Yoder joined to complete it. Peterson, Kellogg, Mayell, and Yoder then made The Original Human Being (September 1970), and Oh! Pleasant Hope (April, 1971) before Blue Cheer broke up. Dickie Peterson reorganized a new version of the group in 1979, and in 1985, Peterson, Whaley, and guitarist Tony Ranier released a new Blue Cheer album, The Beast Is Back... ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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Music for your soul long live
Great band
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
I use to listen to this band all the time before going to the hell hole VIETNAM!!
kvons1
One of the LOUDEST groups on the planet at the time! Great group of the times!
Blue Cheer will always be the heaviest band that Nor Cal.ever had
I bought insideoutsid e when it first came out in i believe 68' or 69' but i'm to high to remember man pass that joint. ..!!
kapnkevman2
Somebody should finish that bio. It leaves off, 25 years before Peterson's passing.
rdhaag1
Man we wore out a jukebox at Bradenton Beach, Florida one summer playin Summertime Blues!....19 6 8
www.american v i k i n g s . u s
tristanhi88
sum ov deeze comments i disagree with but blue cheer is true cult n those who know this are hardcore followers ov heavy music doom on
These guys bring back memories of heavy water light shows and long nights on the beach.
Paul Whaley is one of the best drummers I have ever heard!Outsid e i n s i d e is incredible!
djgforce11
U guys really need 2 update this s**t.Dickie Petterson passed on a couple yrs back & they toured right up till he died.
I met the band when they did a show in Portland Or. Great guys
the greatest alongside cream&hendri x . t o o bad dickie died r.i.p
manicliam
They were KINGS !!! Man I'll never forget when I got "Vinebus Erupton" (sic). I got sooo many posters of these guys over the years. I still got my "New and Improved" t-shirt. Dickie was one of the coolest cats I ever met....ROCK ON FOREVER, DICKIE...
Dickie Peterson R.I.P.From the time they started, until the end, they were one of the loudest bands ever!
I still have the Album with Summer time Blues!

I think they should get credit for starting Heavy Metal.....Sl i t c h .

"Saturday Freedom" should have been a hit, the "anthem" of the Summer of '69. What a hook! Too bad it came out after the Cheer's "popular" period!
Someone I know who saw a ton of concerts back in the day said that Blue Cheer was the loudest of the loud. (Yes, even louder than the Who.) Something about his ears ringing for days afterward...
danpaquin
how do the not get cited for having a punk sound? Remind me of an early version of the Cro-Mags
saw them in those days. back stage too at the whiskey in L.A. 1970.
Dickie was an old friend from my home town Grand Forks, North Dakota
they opened for John Mayall, it kicked a**. Hope he is doing well.
sounds like axel roses is doin the background on born under a bad sign. I know its probably not him tho but it does sound similar to him.
jeffmansiona u d i o
Blue Cheer is just brutal!!
hell yea blue cheer rocks!
I remember "Blue Cheer" from the late 60's. They are a rare breed of R&R. I do have a question. Did they open for "Led Zepplin" when they first came to the USA ?
I Have Created A Station That Plays Blue Cheer,Cream, J i m i Hendix And More,Check It Out Its Called:Early metal (1966−1971)
fatherthing
Blue Overdrive...
Great Pot smoking or acid dropping music back in the day.
bromide01
More like they did grunge before grunge was grunge.
THIS BAND DID METAL ALONG BITH BLACK SAB WITHOUT THE NEED OF RESPECT JUST DOING THERE THING, RESPECT,,,,. . . .

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