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Quicksilver Messenger Service

The band that became Quicksilver Messenger Service originally was conceived as a rock vehicle for folk singer/songwriter Dino Valente (b. Nov. 7, 1943, d. Nov 16, 1994), author of "Get Together." Living in San Francisco, Valente had found guitarist John Cipollina (b. Aug. 24, 1943, d. May 29, 1989) and singer Jim Murray. Valente's friend David Freiberg (b. Aug. 24, 1938) joined on bass, and the group was completed by the addition of drummer Greg Elmore (b. Sep. 4, 1946) and guitarist Gary Duncan (b. Sep 4, 1946). As the band was being put together, Valente was imprisoned on a drug charge and he didn't rejoin Quicksilver until later.

They debuted at the end of 1965 and played around the Bay Area and then the West Coast for the next two years, building up a large following but resisting offers to record that had been taken up by such San Francisco acid rock colleagues as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. Quicksilver finally signed to Capitol toward the end of 1967 and recorded their self-titled debut album in 1968 (by this time, Murray had left). Happy Trails, the 1969 follow-up, was recorded live. After its release, Duncan left the band and was replaced for Shady Grove (1970) by British session pianist Nicky Hopkins. By the time of its release, however, Duncan had returned, along with Valente, making the group a sextet.

This version of Quicksilver, prominently featuring Valente's songs and lead vocals, lasted only a year, during which two albums, Just for Love and What About Me, were recorded. Cipollina, Freiberg, and Hopkins then left, and the remaining trio of Valente, Duncan, and Elmore hired replacements and cut another couple of albums before disbanding. There was a reunion in 1975, resulting in a new album and a tour, and in 1986 Duncan revived the Quicksilver name for an album that also featured Freiberg on background vocals. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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mrschaffins
thumbs up ,storm!!!!!
Got to love the early San Fran psychedelic scene...yep.
Yes get summ uv these acustics.ryt h u m pleasure tone voice.happy times do we remember.I do.....DD
Take Another Hit of Sweet Calif sunshine
jamiecal3
I saw them do this song back in the day!!
Wow great beat, never knew they were the ones performing this. Like it
Don't Cry my Ladylove absolutely stunning!
espinada9
Happy Trails! :)
I love wolves!!!!!! ; ) ! ! ! ! !
espinada9
Love
Never heard anything by Quicksilver I disliked or disagreed with. . .
Then there was Little Joe.. a very rare album with bot Cippolina & Elmore...
The rez gig was at Pyramid Lake outside Reno.
Both John Cippolina & Greg Elmore were/are amazing talents. I loved them in both Thunder n Lightning & Problem Child.. Goddess I miss them both....
I knew Gary Duncan and all of these players were soooooo fine!
That was when MUSIC was really happening ! I miss those days...
Dino had a great sexy voice too..I wonder where Frieberg is and
some of the other members are now...I loved them! XO
first heard them on kppc in pasadena,ca. silver and gold was the first track i heard from them. only station to play lng fm cuts then. fanatasitc
First rock song I've ever heard in what I think is 4\5 time. (Gold and Silver)
Read through the comments. All right on. John was the best- a great guitar player and a good guy. Too bad Terry and the Pirates is not on Pandora. Once in a while they would transform into QMS, RIP John, and Terry, and Nicky.
mziemba12
Saw these guys a few times back in the early 70's with Dino. I will never forget seeing them on the roof of the Fell's Point Rec Pier (Baltimore) on one hot July/Aug afternoon. I think that was 1974 - those were the days - what happened to all the talent? Quicksilver were on the bill with the New York Dolls if you can believe that one! The Doll's didn't post for the afternoon show probably because of the heat or because they couldn't get Johnny Thunders out of bed, but the guys from Quicksil
Quicksilver Messenger Service - What About Me lyrics - On the last chorus you all left the last two lines off.

And though you may be stronger now, my time will come around.
You keep adding to my numbers, and you shoot my people down.
saw them in waterbury connecticut early 70's, they were booed off stage and replaced by malo i still like their music
when I came to SF in 1969,they became my favorite band of all the SF bands-saw them everytime they played in the Bay Area-loved Cippolina-st i l l love listening to them-all the memories
nestorian6
I also saw them(or they saw me!) at the Avalon Ballroom S.F with Janis & Sons of Chaplain..R U EXPERIENCE?. . ( ( - i - ) ) )
John Cippolina is my all time favorite guitarist, whether it be with Quicksilver of one of his follow up bands (and the Maximum Darkness album with Man is my all time favorite).
mcclusky
Played pool with Greg Elmore last Saturday. He still got it!
Fresh Air is one of my all time favorites...
RAtdog does any one remember quicksilver acid the real S**t San Diego, Presidio Park., old padk S.D.
mrgeorge60
PBS just had a show about the Fillmore West where QSMS was one of the bands playing there.
w4tey
Are there any existing recordings / vids of their performance prior to signing a record contract ? . May have to do a youtube search . :-)
nitrofink
was turned on to the QSM by a friend. He used to watch them play in San Francisco in the 60s. He gave me their first album. lol it still smells like pot and incense.
d.hogg
Love the music but the song is Dave Brubeks Take Five.
travelaction n e t w o r k
Saw them at the rez near Marysville, WA a few years ago - 60's reunion music - great band !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I think Britney Spears was there.
first saw them in avolon ball room in 67 summer of love
pride of man was so much a warning about 9/11. tom
curtis.haman n
Saw QSM at fillmore west!!! Great show, love the first album,still have one in my collection.. .
manicliam
These guys are one of "The 3 Greatest Psychedelic Bands From San Francisco". Period.
My first rock show was at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon in winter 67/68. Quicksilver and the Dead. Was completely blown away by QMS. Went out the next day and bought the Quicksilver album. Can't understand why their first album isn't here on Pandora.
What a breath of fresh air! I remember seeing them and loving Mona!
one of the few groups i never got to see
simply the best
I love this song. I am from San Francisco and saw them play many times. There song What About Me is as relevant today as it was then.
They certainly had a sound, forever in my mind as an era & music never to be seen or heard again. Many a smoky evening enjoyed listening to Quicksilver many decades ago.
Was fortunate enough to catch them on their '75 tour at the Armadillo World Headquarters . A favorite group. Such an edge.
Quicksilver was a original sound, that will never again be found.
Way to go Uncle Ron, you managed a great band ! : )
bikephreak
Miss you John... Thanks for all the great shows!
aurelius67
Is my favorite Zeppelin song from my favorite album by the group
aurelius67
what a great piano by the late Nicky Hopkins. I loved Cipolina nice change to focus on keyboards. Hail to one of the great session men Hopkins.
its's great to have this...WHERE IS THE PLAY BUTTON
pinskys8
cipollina was one of the very best on Ax. Died too young.
davemeyersci s
Quicksilver was one of the best of their time.
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