Years: 1972 - 1973
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Rick Gaxiola - Guitar (in band: 1972)
Lynn Carey - Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1973)
Neil Merryweather - Acoustic guitar , Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1973)
James Howard - Hammond organ, Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1973)
Coffi Hall - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1972 - 1973)
Alan Hurtz - Acoustic guitar , Guitar (in band: 1973)
Merryweather, Carey, and Hall then formed the band Mama Lion in 1972, featuring Carey on lead vocals. Neil saw a restaurant called “Mama Lion’s” while driving in downtown LA and took the name for the new band. The band included on vocals and keyboards a young James Newton Howard, who would go on to become well-known as a writer and performer of movie scores (Pretty Woman, Prince of Tides, The Dark Knight, etc.).
The band recorded two albums, "Preserve Wildlife" (which featured a controversial photo of Carey appearing to nurse a tiger cub) in 1972 and "Give It Everything I've Got" in 1973. As often with the Merryweather outputs, the music is a rather loose mix of blues and rock.
Mama Lion disbanded in 1973.
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