Years: 1965 - 1966
Styles: Acid Rock, Folk Rock, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Darby Slick - Backing vocals, Guitar (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Grace Slick - Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Jerry Slick - Drums (in band: 1965 - 1966)
David Miner - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Bard Dupont - Bass Guitar (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Peter van der Gelder - Bass Guitar, Flute, Saxophone (in band: 1966)
The Great Society (aka The Great! Society!!) were a 1960s San Francisco rock band that existed from 1965 to 1966, and were closely associated with the burgeoning Bay Area acid rock scene.
Best known as the original group of model-turned-singer Grace Slick, the initial line-up of the band also featured her then-husband Jerry Slick on drums, his brother Darby Slick on guitar, David Miner on vocals and guitar, Bard DuPont onbass, and Peter van Gelder on flute, bass, and saxophone.
The band’s first performance was at the Coffee Gallery in San Francisco’s North Beach section on October 15, 1965 (poster at left); their final gig was on Halloween night 1966. By that point, Grace had already left the band to sing with the Jefferson Airplane and the remaining members decided they couldn’t keep it together any more.
The band released only one single during its lifetime, the Darby Slick penned "Someone to Love" (b/w "Free Advice"). The single was issued in February 1966 on Autumn Records' tiny Northbeach subsidiary label and made little impact outside of the Bay Area.
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