Friday, November 7, 2008

Dino’s Song

Today in rock history, Dino Valente (born Chester (Chet) William Powers, Jr.) was born in 1943. He was an early figure in the Village folk scene in the early ‘60’s, and wrote the seminal love and brotherhood song, “Get Together,” later recorded by the Airplane and the Youngbloods. After relocating to San Francisco in 1963, he became pals with David Crosby, Roger (Jim) McGuinn and Mike Clarke, and reportedly turned down an offer to join the Byrds. He was best known for forming Quicksilver Messenger Service with John Cippolina, David Frieberg, and Jim Murray in 1964, although he didn’t stay in the band very long – he was ousted for frequent drug busts. He served about 5 years of a 1 to 10 stretch in Folsom, and rejoined the band in 1969. The band lasted through 1979 and Valente died in 1994. Let’s celebrate his life by checking out “Dino’s Song,” written by Valente, which became his signature tune. It’s also a song I can play on guitar, bass or drums, which makes it instantly attractive to me! Thanks to and for the info, and keep on rockin’!

1 comment:

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Instantly likeable & with that 60s SanFran Airplane-era sound -- but i only say that because i'm (embarrassed to say) I somehow missed the whole Quicksilver thing even though i knew people who were into them. I got some catching up to do because that's a great song. Thanks for posting it.