expand Quicksilver Messenger Service

Even the band can't agree on their origins other than it was 1965 in San Francisco. The band kicked it on the West Coast for two years, building up a following and resisting the urge to sign any recording contracts.  They finally signed with Capitol who had missed the boat and hadn't found a hippie band yet.  This did allow them to negotiate better contracts than a lot of their peers.  

Their first two albums, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Happy Trails are a great representation of the San Francisco sound "in its purest form".  The later, or Hawaiian albums as they are sometimes called, were much more successful even if the band was now just a backing act for Dino Valente who wrote most of the songs.  Just For Love and What About Me? sounded nothing like the original band, alienated scads of fans, and yielded their one big hit 'Fresh Air'.  Nicky Hopkins, John Cippolina, and David Freiberg bailed out before the last two albums came out.

RDC

  • Kurt Page Quicksilver rules! From "Pride of Man" on.
For those who love the world of real music




  • Terry Greene Don't stop. They were SO great. Yep, memories of sweet breezes blowing through a Haight Ashbury window...

  • Kurt Page Quicksilver rules! From "Pride of Man" on.
Quicksilver Messenger Service with an outstanding outdoor performance in 1969. From Ralph J. Gleason's "Go Ride the Music" produced for KQED. This excerpt is...


  • Terry Greene Don't stop. They were SO great. Yep, memories of sweet breezes blowing through a Haight Ashbury window...