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John Cipollina


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.

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Full Name John Cipollina
Date Of Birth August 24, 1943
Died May 29, 1989, San Francisco, California, United States
Profession Guitarist
Education Tamalpais High School
Nationality American
Parents Evelyn Cipollina
Siblings Mario Cipollina
Music Groups Quicksilver Messenger Service, Man
Music Songs Fresh Air, Pride of Man, Dino's Song, Don't Cry My Lady Love, Who Do You Love, Gypsy Lights, Mona, Fire Brothers, Edward The Mad Shirt Grinder, Gold & Silver, The Fool, Spindrifter, Gone Again, The Truth, Cowboy on the Run, I Found Love, What About Me, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Light Your Windows, Long Haired Lady, Bigelow 6-9000, Flute Song, Maiden of the Cancer Moon, Which Do You Love, Song For Frisco, Calvary, Joseph's Coat, I Hear You Knockin', Happy Trails, Acapulco Gold and Silver, Freeway Flyer, Drivin' Wheel
Albums Happy Trails, Shady Grove, Just for Love, What About Me, Quicksilver, Maximum Darkness, The Welsh Connection, The Twang Dynasty, Call Down the Moon, Undrugged, Kingdom of Noise, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Live At Pacific High Recording Studios Jan 23, 1972 (Live FM Radio Concert In Superb Fidelity - Remastered), Live in Athens, Man Live At The Marquee
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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



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Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland 1978 TV Movie Himself
Fillmore 1972 Documentary Performers (as Quicksilver Messenger Service)

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