Moby Grape

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Eligible since: 1992 (The 1993 Induction Ceremony)

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If you wanna talk about combining rock with other types of music look no farther than Moby Grape! A potent mix of folk, country, blues and jazz blended together with rock and roll. Good as any Frisco band in 1966. Highly influential and highly recommended.

Posted by classicrocker on Sunday, 06.22.08 @ 11:18am


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Posted by gXQUKABAT on Saturday, 03.14.09 @ 09:55am


What's purple & swims in the ocean?

Sorry. I just couldn't resist.

Posted by laustcawz on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 18:41pm


Great band. They had a good run from about 1967-1972

Posted by Keebord on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 19:01pm


Good to see this site giving them 28% Induction chances (last I checked, The Hollies had 10% by comparison)

Posted by Keebord on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 19:03pm


Moby Grape made history in 1966-1967. They were simply the best, most professional rock band that had been seen at that point. While they never made it big outside of San Francisco, their reputation had a powerful impact on the community of rock musicians all the way from SF and LA to London, and the likes of Eric Clapton, Peter Townshend, and John Lennon were impressed by the reports they received of this new powerhouse band emanating from 1966-1967 San Francisco.

Posted by Douglas Hawes on Saturday, 10.31.09 @ 15:49pm


It is amazing who many great musicians come out of the Seatle area...

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 10.31.09 @ 22:29pm


mrxyz, I'm fairly certain that Moby Grape came from San Francisco

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 11.1.09 @ 06:51am


Keebord...you're absolutely right, they're from the Bay area.

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 11.1.09 @ 07:19am


Spence, now on guitar instead of drums. Jerry Miller and Don Stevenson had moved.. The Frantics from Seattle to San Francisco after a 1965 meeting with Jerry Garcia, then playing with The Warlocks at a bar in Belmont, California. Garcia encouraged them to move to San Francisco. Once The Frantics were settled in San Francisco, Mosley joined the band.[9]...

back in the "good old days" the the Frantics were the hit in Seatle that ,the Kingsmen and the Whailers.. Heck even Ray Charles came from Seattle..Lots of the Paul Reveers and the Raiders and my favorite drummmer of the Grass Roots ,Etta James ,Wlison Piccket , Beach Boys etc... "father of the Electronic Drums" Syndrums Joe Pollard was from there .. To name only a few...

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 11.1.09 @ 09:15am


Turns out Skip Spence (RIP) was actually from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. But your absolutely right about Mr. Miller, Mr. Stevenson and The Frantics. As for acts from Seattle, don't forget about Jimi Hendrix and The Ventures

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 11.1.09 @ 09:51am


Turns out Skip Spence (RIP) was actually from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. But your absolutely right about Mr. Miller, Mr. Stevenson and The Frantics. As for acts from Seattle, don't forget about Jimi Hendrix and The Ventures

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 11.1.09 @ 09:51am

Or Nirvana, Pearl Jam..etc Like I said lots of great stuff in Seattle. The Wailers really help put Seattle on the music map That and Ray Charles



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Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 11.1.09 @ 15:56pm


IMO, you're doing yourself a bit of a disservice if you don't at least take a listen to their self-titled album.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 02.22.11 @ 10:48am


The impact of Moby Grape on rock music is a profound one. From The Pretenders, to Three Dog Night, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, the Doobie Brothers, The Move, The Who, REM... There is a long list of major rock acts that will openly acknowledge and pay tribute to the impact of Moby Grape. Sometimes it really doesn't matter if a band didn't have a Top Forty hit. Moby Grape was one of the top touring bands in the USA in 1967-68 on any account. And they did have solid album sales.

Posted by Douglas Hawes on Saturday, 12.8.12 @ 03:32am


Moby Grape actually began to come together because of events in Los Angeles. Peter Lewis and Bob Mosley joined the Joel Scott Hill Band. Ex Airplane manager Matthew Katz was looking for a new band to form around his protege Skip Spence, and so headed down to LA to check out Joel Hill. Katz and Hill did not click, but Katz was able to get the rest of the band to come up to San Francisco to audition with Spence. Only then did Stevenson and Miller join the tentative lineup.

Posted by Douglas Hawes on Saturday, 12.22.12 @ 17:16pm


Skip Spence might have been born in Canada, but his family relocated to San Jose, California when he was 12, and he put down deep roots in the South Bay Area. Skip was part of the early folk scene in San Jose after he got out of the Navy, peforming with his best friend Billy Dean Andrus in a folk duo. He briefly was in The Topsiders, which later became the local powerhouse The Otherside - - a name that Skip gifted them. The Otherside was the sister band of the legendary San Jose group the Chocolate Watchband, and Skip's cousin Rich Young was in the early lineup. And later Skip was the catalyst for the formation of the Doobie Brothers in San Jose.

Posted by Douglas Hawes on Saturday, 12.22.12 @ 17:23pm


I can't see how Moby Grape's first album is not included in every rock critics top 100 albums of all time. They definitely need to be considered for the R&R Hall of Fame. Best band in Frisco in 1966-67.

Posted by Hap on Friday, 04.24.15 @ 08:14am


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