( Guitarplayer Jock Bartley showed up in Gram Parson's Fallen Angels a year later and can be heard on the live album "live 1973".) They were all midwesterners, all under 21 when they started. Classic mismanagement led to their early destruction. People who saw them at their best know the truth. Tommy Bolin went on to international stardom when he joined Deep Purple replacing Ritchie Blackmore in 1975 and died a year later.
Candie Givens sang in a variety of bands and died in the 80's. The late Tommy Bolin, who died of a drug overdose in a Miami hotel room in December 1976, was a gifted guitarist probably best remembered for his brief tenure in The James Gang and Deep Purple. But Bolin participated in other artists' recordings as well, and recorded two solo albums before his death at the age of 25. The work he left behind suggests that he had much more to offer. At the age of 18, Bolin was the guitarist for the hard rock band Zephyr, and played on the first two of their three albums.
The band's self-titled 1969 album is now out of print. Zephyr's music was a mixture of heavy metal, jazz, and blues, and was at times similar to that of the first Led Zeppelin album (released the same year). But Bolin had more discipline and virtuosity than Jimmy Page did. The lead vocals of the late Candy Givens (who drowned in a hot tub while under the influence of drugs in 1984) were sometimes over the top; the appeal of her Janis Joplin-like wailing may depend on your mood. But Bolin's guitar-playing is excellent, making Zephyr well worth discovering.
Bolin also co-wrote five of the album's eight tracks. 2. Zephyr was created by London-based composer and producer Elizabeth Henshaw in 2001 and involves musicians from a variety of backgrounds. Two albums have been released by ORiGiN Music and a third is in the pipeline. Elizabeth trained classically as a pianist and began writing at the age of seven. She developed a keen interest in the music of other cultures which has influenced her writing considerably.
Elizabeth's music is recognised both for its melodic strength and its rhythmic and metric sophistication. Both albums became favourites on ABC Classic FM (Australia) and have been used widely in Australian TV series' as well as continuing to feature on a number of international compilations. Elizabeth has worked with EMI Classics UK, having her song 'Prayer' featured as the first track on Becky Jane Taylor's album 'By Your Side'. In 2007 'Flame' was released in South East Asia, distributed by Universal. All Zephyr tracks are available on iTunes internationally. See also Tommy Bolin who played with the original band of the same name. 3. Zephyr is also an ambient/trance producer from India - http://www.myspace.com/aurafromthesea 4. A Japanese visual-kei band.
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