Being a founding member and business lead guitarist for Quicksilver Messenger Program, John Cipollina helped form the psychedelic audio of SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA in the 1960s. Many musicians in the picture had been folkies who ultimately turned acid rock and roll, but Cipollina and fellow guitarist Gary Duncan had been hard rockers if they shaped Quicksilver Messenger Program in the middle-’60s. The band’s self-titled 1968 debut brought them some interest, nonetheless it was the live, louder, and looser follow-up that produced Cipollina a electric guitar tale. Guitarists would research 1969’s Happy Paths for a long time to arrive. Cipollina also became well-known for the unusual amp stack he toured with, including six Wurlitzer horns at the top. Sadly, lineup adjustments would maintain Quicksilver from acquiring company footing until years afterwards and Cipollina will be gone at that time, having give up the music group in 1970. The guitarist would continue to spend amount of time in Copperhead, Raven, Terry & the Pirates, No, as well as the Frank Novato Music group. He was still a guitarist’s guitarist and may be entirely on stage generally, but none of the projects had been to end up being as effective as Quicksilver. Within the middle-’80s his wellness began to drop and he frequently required a cane or even a wheelchair. He fought respiratory system complications hard for another few years but still held a busy plan. ON, MAY 29, 1989, Cipollina was finding your way through a present at San Francisco’s Chi Chi Membership when he passed away at age 45 from emphysema. The display ended up being truly a tribute towards the guitarist with Cipollina’s sibling Mario — bassist for Huey Lewis & the news headlines — leading an all-star lineup of Bay Region musicians. His popular amp stack and Gibson SG acoustic guitar are on screen at the Stone Hall of Popularity and Museum in Cleveland, OH.
|1||In 1995 John's legendary amp stack was donated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.|
|2||Guitarist in the following bands: Quicksilver Messenger Service (1965-75), Copperhead (1971-73), Man (1975), Terry & The Pirates (1973-89), Raven (1975-76), Freelight (1977-79), Novato Frank Band (1977-78), Rocky Sullivan (1978-79), San Francisco All Stars (1979-84), Thunder & Lightning/Nicksilver (1977-89), Dinosaurs (1982-89), Zero (1984-88), Fish & Chip (1982-89), Problem Child (1986-89).|
|3||Brother of Mario Cipollina|
|Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland||1978||TV Movie||Himself|
|Fillmore||1972||Documentary||Performers (as Quicksilver Messenger Service)|
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