1971. Another shot of “Copperhead.”


1971. Anoth­er shot of Cop­per­head 1971. Left to Right:
John Cipol­li­na, Gary Phillipet, Pete Sears, Jim McPher­son, David Weber.
I lat­er left the band just before sign­ing a record­ing con­tract to which I did­n’t want to com­mit, and returned to Eng­land to record on Rod Stew­art’s “Nev­er a Dull Moment”. I had also agreed to join Nicky Hop­kins in a band he was form­ing, so I could only stay in Eng­land to record with Rod for two weeks. I had to get back to take pos­ses­sion of a house Nicky was rent­ing for me on Mel­rose Ave in Mill Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia. Nicky was away on tour with the Rolling Stones for a few months, but decid­ed he had had enough of the road after the tour end­ed and nev­er did get his band togeth­er. I lat­er found out the drum­mer would have been Prairie Prince who I lat­er played with in the Steve Kimock Band.
I worked and record­ed with Blues­man Nick Graven­ites around this time, includ­ing Nick­’s album “Blue Star” and piano on all of Nick­’s tracks for the “Mill Val­ley Bunch” record­ings. I also record­ed with Nick and Mike Bloom­field, and sat in with Paul But­ter­field. I also played piano on a Bob­by Newarth album Nick was pro­duc­ing. I sat in on grand piano with Nick for a live KSAN broad­cast from the Record Plant in Sausalito.

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