Monday, March 01, 2010

WILLIAM PENN AND HIS PALS FAMILY TREE


THE NOMADS (196? - SPRING 1965)
1) Mike Shapiro lead guitar, rhythm guitar, 12-string guitar
2) Thomas 'Tom' Fraser lead vocals
3) Jack Shelton rhythm guitar
4) Steve Leidenthal (aka Mac (uncertain), aka Mick, aka Mick Layden) vocals, bass
5) Bob Rickerts drums


THE DIScCOUNTS (LATE 1964 - EARLY 1965)
1) Neil Holtman lead vocals, hawaiian guitar steel
2) Ron Cox vocals, drums
3) Steve Sweet bass
4) Mike Dunn lead guitar
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a couple of unknown's rhythm guitarists that alternated on live gigs


WILLIAM PENN AND HIS PALS #1 (EARLY 1965 - SPRING 1965)
1) Neil Holtman (aka William Penn)
2) Ron Cox
3) Steve Sweet
4) Mike Dunn
5) Dave Lovell organ
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a couple of unknown's rhythm guitarists that alternated on live gigs


WILLIAM PENN AND HIS PALS #2 (SPRING 1965 - 1965)
1) William Penn
2) Ron Cox
3) Dave Lovell
4) Mike Shapiro
5) Steve Leidenthal



WILLIAM PENN AND HIS PALS #3 (1965)
1) William Penn
2) Ron Cox
3) Dave Lovell
4) Mike Shapiro
5) Steve Leidenthal
6) Jack Shelton


WILLIAM PENN AND HIS PALS #4 (1965)
1) William Penn
2) Ron Cox
3) Dave Lovell
4) Mike Shapiro
5) Steve Leidenthal
6) Jack Shelton
7) Mickey Hart drums


WILLIAM PENN AND HIS PALS #5 (1965 - 1966)
1) William Penn
2) Ron Cox
3) Mike Shapiro
4) Steve Leidenthal
5) Jack Shelton
6) Mickey Hart
7) Gregg Rolie lead vocals, piano, organ


WILLIAM PENN AND HIS PALS #6 (1966)
1) Ron Cox
2) Mike Shapiro
3) Steve Leidenthal
4) Jack Shelton
5) Mickey Hart
6) Gregg Rolie



WM. PENN FYVE (1966 - FALL 1966)
1) Ron Cox
2) Mike Shapiro
3) Steve Leidenthal
4) Jack Shelton
5) Gregg Rolie


WILLIAM PENN AND HIS PALS #7 (2007)
1) ???????????? unknown line-up

7 comments:

  1. hey great posts. I have this single and it's one of the most fabulous things ever released on 45rpm 7" single (swami/blow my mind). I was unaware of the song ( i never bought pebbles) until I found the 45 and appreciate the info on the west coast connections with the group. Please come visit my blog too and sign up as a follower, I am following your blog now. Peace from Vancouver Island

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  2. I am so glad that I found you. I have a red Jerry Donahue Telecaster that I bought in Grass Valley a few years ago with the name 'Michael Shapiro' written in the case. Do you know who's guitar this was? Any help would be nice. I am interested in selling the guitar back to the original owner because there were a lot of custom modifications done by him. When I bought the guitar the story went that "he was really sad to see it go." 

    Thanks

    Chris Hall
    (925)852-4410

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  3. Hi Chris! Yeah, I think there is a possibility that the guitar you have, could be truly belonged to Mike Shapiro, the leader of William Penn and His Pals. By the way, I do not know Mike personally, so I do not have any contacts with him.

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  4. Pretty accurate....Steve Leidenthal also used the names "Mick" and "Mick Layden", but wasn't known as "Mac".

    Mike Shapiro is still around, in the SF area. You could look for him on Facebook and ask him about that guitar.

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  5. Great memories of William Penn and his Pals. I went to Foothill with Greg and Steve and we became friends. My friend Kris Bakke and I had a "hippie pad" in Mt. View and the band actually came in and set up amps and all and played in our living room. We were SOOOOOO amazed that the cops came after about 20 minutes and shut them down. Very kuel times!!!!!

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    1. thanks for these amazing memories of the good old rock 'n' roll days Rich!!!!!

      BTW, is the hippie pad in Mountain View the same venue where Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie and Tom Fraser rehearsed together for the first time and soon after they decided to form the Santana Blues Band? I think that rehearsal was also shut down by the cops!

      Cheers,
      Bruno

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  6. Chris, you may have already tracked down Mike about that old tele. He is, indeed, living and playing in the Grass Valley area these days. Website: http://mikeshapiroband.com/. (I went through grade school in Palo Alto with Mike, Jack, Steve and Tom. Gregg was a grade ahead of us. Great times!)

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