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Lewis & Clarke Expedition

The country-rock group referred to as the Lewis & Clarke Expedition evolved out of several folk bands operating around LA through the mid-’60s. Shaped by Dallas songwriter Michael Martin Murphey (beneath the guise of Travis Lewis) with Owen Castleman (executing as Boomer Clarke), the music group documented one LP in past due 1967 for the Colgems label after that producing pots of cash off sales from the initial two Monkees albums. Nearly a coincidence after that, that Lewis, Clarke, and bassist John London had been all old close friends of country-minded Monkee Michael Nesmith (London also proved helpful as Nesmith’s stand-in on the tv screen show). Prior to Nesmith was employed towards the Monkees, though, London performed with him in San Antonio being a folk duo, and after shifting to California, all native Texans made an appearance in a big folk group known as the Survivors. Nesmith lowered out due to a commitment towards the Atmosphere Force, and the rest of the trio added guitarist Ken Bloom and drummer John Raines, arriving jointly in 1966 as the Lewis & Clarke Expedition. Since Lewis and Clarke both proved helpful at Monkees commercial Screen Gems as authors, a recording agreement with Colgems was an all natural. The music group was hyped not merely to girls as another edition from the Monkees, but also to old rock fans being a cutting-edge country-rock music group that performed up their association with Indigenous American components. Colgems released The Lewis & Clarke Expedition in November 1967, as well as the one “PERSONALLY I THINK Good (PERSONALLY I THINK Poor)” was an area hit, though nothing at all from the music group ever charted plus they had been soon decreased. Michael Martin Murphey, quickly to leave LA to focus on his songwriting at a house in the San Gabriel Mountains, published a track (“What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Circular?”) documented by Nesmith for the 1968 Monkees LP Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. Owen Castleman performed on an recording with Earl Scruggs, and later on played on many of Murphey’s single LPs, while London used Michael Nesmith’s Initial National Music group, Bloom performed on many folk information, and Raines continued to play using the Dillards.

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