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The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival was an event held on June 10 and 11, 1967, at the Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, a 4,000 seat open air venue situated near the peak of MountTamalpais State Park in Marin County, California, with a spectacular view of the city below. At least 36,000 people attended the two-day non-profit concert fair (they made the trek on a specially chartered Trans-Love Bus Line) that was the first of a series of San Francisco area cultural events known as the “Summer of Love”. 
The Fantasy Fair was influenced by the popular Renaissance Pleasure Faire and became a prototype for large scale multi-act outdoor rock music events now known as rock festivals. Admission to the festival was $2.00 and all proceeds were donated to the nearby Hunter’s Point Child Care Center in San Francisco. KFRC 610, the RKO Bill Drake “Boss Radio” TOP 40 AM station in San Francisco, had significant influence in the music industry among both counter-culture and commercial acts. This enabled festival organizer Tom Rounds, KFRC’s Program Director, to present a colorful and eclectic line-up of popular musicians from both in and outside the region.


 


               Toby Byron I lived on a ridge of Mt. Tamalpais and for some inexplicable reason did not go! So many great bands.

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site That's right...4,000 seats, 36,000 people. hmmm.... where'd you say that porta potty was?

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Toby Byron How 'bout listing the bands? Doors, Beefheart, who else? Sly? Airplane?

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Toby Byron Happy to do it AND more! Here's the list... and over the course of the next 4 days, we'll gt to visit with them all!! First up, to last - Mt. Rushmore, Rodger Collins, the Byrds with Hugh Masekela, the Doors, the Lamp of Childhood, Canned Heat Blues Band, Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Spanky and Our Gang, Blackburn and Snow, the Sparrow, Every Mother's Son, Kaleidoscope, the Chocolate Watch Band, the Mojo Men, the Merry-Go-Round... and that was just on the first day.

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site And on the second day... Sons of Champlin, Dionne Warwick, Jefferson Airplane, P.F. Sloan, Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, the Seeds, the Grass Roots, the Loading Zone, Tim Buckley, Every Mother's Son (again). Steve Miller Blues Band, Country Joe and the Fish, the 5th Dimension, the Lamp of Childhood (again), the Mystery Trend, Penny Nichols, the Merry-Go-Round (again), and the New Salvation Army Banned.

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site And so, Toby Byron... there you have it, the list. Hope you have a memory or two to share 

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Toby Byron Here's one of my snapshots from The Festival Of Growing Things, same venue, earlier the same month (the backs imply)? Big Brother and the Holding Company.

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Don't be Holding out on us,,, were you at the Fantasy Fair, too?

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Toby Byron Hey, you'd think I'd hold out on that? It was in my backyard! No, as mentioned, for some inexplicable reason, regrettably, I missed it. Got to the Avalon/Fillmore a lot and many other events, though. Altamont, too. Missed the Magic Mountain and Monterey  Oh well...

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site No regrets, no worries... next week, we'll be at Monterey... can you join us??

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Toby Byron Will be there. With the Electric Flag! Go on over to FB Michael Bloomfield Legacy and "like" so you don't miss out on the festivities there.

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Toby Byron Jim Marshall shot Jim Morrison superbly at Magic Mountain.

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site hey...do you know anyone who has video (film) from back then?

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Toby Byron When? Where?

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Jeanne Forrest I was there. I was 10 and lived near the Mountain Home Inn. I took the bus up- but walked home on the Dipsy trail - I'll never forget how mesmerizing the organ music was when the Doors performed Light My Fire it swelled and filled the outdoor amphitheater - and how powerful of a performer Jim Morrison was-

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John Davidson I grew up listening to KFRC and KYA before there was FM radio , I remember they brodcasted live at the Altamont concert

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Lynn Hastings I was in Marin Juvie. My folks had a lot of fear about this event. So I was put away for the summer of Love.However Mike, my husbands parents were tourist at this time and went up the Mountain and saw Big Brother and Janice. It was HOOT

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Hewitt Jackson NICE! I went both days with my best friend Stan (sax player for Sanpaku), It was an Owsley marathon, I think we camped on Tam over night

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Posted by Steven M. Finger ·  · Edited June 10

MOUNT RUSHMORE
It's 8 AM and first up at the KRFC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival is....Mount Rushmore, aka Mt Rushmore, a rock band from San Francisco. 
They are probably the most unknown act of the festival because they were born just three months earlier on March 1967 (apparently, the Festival was their 2nd gig after their debut at The Matrix in San Francisco a week or so before on May 30 and June 1). 
The lineup of the band is: Thomas Dotzler (vocals, keyboards, horns), Warren B. Phillips (vocals, rhythm guitar; formerly of Blue House Basement and The Vipers), Ed Levin (drums, formerly of The Vipers), Mike “Bull” Bolan (lead guitar) and DannyWai (bass).

 

 

               Toby Byron Mt. Rushmore played Stone Free pre-Hendrix, if I'm not mistaken. Also played a song, You're Insane.

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Bruno Ceriotti post-Hendrix Toby Byron......"Stone Free" was B-Side of Hendrix''s first single in 1966 while was A-Side of Mt Rushmore's first single in 1968....they did a cover of the song two years later exactly....about "You're Insane" I don't know....they released one single and 2 albums but this song didn't appear in any of their records....

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site hmmm.... Bruno...since you're into spillin' the future, here's the exact details - After the Festival and after some personnel changes in March 1968, the band recorded one single and two albums for Dot Records before breaking up in December 1968. Thomas Dotzler, Warren B. Phillips and Ed Levin will continue to play together in a couple of other rock bands called Phoenix and then Potter’s Wheel, while Mike Bolan will become an independent studio owner and Terry Kimble will, sadly, die in a car crash.

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Adam Paul My uncle was at this concert

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Warren Phillips Here's the 8am photo of Mt Rushmore at the festival-Tom Donahue liked us

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Warren Phillips He asked us to play again- we did in the slot between Dionne Warwick and the Doors. The band at that time had 2 native americans- Danny Wai(Navaho -Japanese)on bass and Masher(Sioux from Wyoming)on tambourine. Somewhere there is 16mm film of the set before the Doors played.

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Warren Phillips Me and Danny on the same day

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Posted by Steven M. Finger ·  June 10

Oh wait...is this too cool or what? Direct from the personal collection of Gray Newell... it's The Byrds AT the Fest! AND in Living Color! (Check out that little 67 on the edge... you remember it was on everyone of 'em when you picked them up atFotomart?)


 

 

               Craig Marshall Dig it!

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John Butler WOW , NICE PHOTO !

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Scott Edwards Not only have I never seen this, but it is one of the best shots of The Doors (and they were a particularly photogenic group).

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Posted by Steven M. Finger ·  June 12

THE LAMP OF CHILDHOOD was a little-known folk-rock group born in LA in 1966. They had just 3 singles when they appeared at the KFRC FF&MMMFestival
Their lineup then was Fred Olson (vocals, lead guitar), Michael Takamastu, aka Mike Tani (vocals, rhythm guitar), Marty Tyron (vocals, bass) and John York on vocals and guitar who had just replaced the band leader and founder, James Hendricks.


 

 

               Tim Doherty Mike Tani? No relation to Jack Tana of Genesis?

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site This new lineup did only one gig, and did that with a borrowed drummer at the Festival… [anyone know who that was?] and right after that they broke up.

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Toby Byron The same Fred Olson who moved to SF, changed his name to Burton, and played with among others Southern Comfort (Columbia) and Bloomfield's circle?

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site And the John York IS the future The Byrds’ John York.

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Bruno Ceriotti @Tim Doherty.....no relation between Mike Tani and Jac Ttanna

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Bruno Ceriotti Quote about the gig from Marty Tyron of The Lamp Of Childhood: “I do remember vividly our gig at the 1967 Mount Tamalpais Music Festival. We had to follow The Doors our first afternoon. The last song of their set was ‘Light My Fire’. We played as the people walked out. Our second afternoon, we followed The Fifth Dimension. Their last song was ‘Up Up and Away’ as skydivers with purple trails parachuted into the venue. We played as the people walked out. Talk about feeling invisible. We knew that feeling.”

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               Jim Palana they were indeed the best. RIP Fritz.

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Jeanne Forrest Love these guys- especially their version of The Story Book Ball

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Bruno Ceriotti Sadly the band break-up soon after the festival in early 1968...

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Philip Smith Which one’s Mel? 

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Bruno Ceriotti Philip Smith the great late Mel Lyman had already left the band at the time so he wasn't in this photo....

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