Bob "The Bear" Hite and Elvin Bishop backstage at the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Monterey was the first big gig for lead singer Hite and his bandmates in Canned Heat, although they had performed their amplified country blues regularly at LA’s Ashgrove and Topanga Corral earlier in the year. Bishop had already tasted fame in the Paul Butterfield Blues band but at Monterey was without his guitar partner Mike Bloomfield who had formed The Electric Flag. Photogr...
Topanga Canyon- Rock History From Woodland Hills To The Pacific Ocean
Topanga Canyon. This canyon begins its North end in the San Fernando Valley and ends at the Pacific Ocean. Throughout its length, it has left its mark on the L.A. rock and roll scene. Its most famous landmark is probably the Topanga Corral which used to be at 2034 Topanga Cyn. It will be forever remembered as a place were Canned Heat, Spirit and Spanky and Our Gang honed their skills. It is rumored that Jim Morrison wrote Roadhouse Blues about this place.