1967::Eddie Hoh


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1967 In 1967, Eddie Hoh's recording and touring activities accelerated. In March 1967, he performed with the Byrds' former singer-songwriter Gene Clark.<ref name="Einarson 2005">Einarson 2005, pp. 117–118.</ref><ref>The live dates with Gene Clark may also include August 1967 (Whisky a Go Go Show List 1966–1970).</ref> Clark, who had recorded a country-influenced album with the Gosdin Brothers, was continuing to develop his country rock sound.<ref>Country rock biographer John Einarson writes that Gene Clark's band with Hoh, White, and York never recorded, while a White website indicates that around the same time, they recorded Clark's aborted Columbia single, "The French Girl"/"Only Colombe" (eventually released on Clark's 1991 Echoes album). Einarson 2001, p. 61.</ref> With Hoh, guitarist Clarence White, and bassist John York (who both joined the Byrds in 1968), the group appeared at several engagements, including at the Whisky a Go Go and the Golden Bear.<ref>Einarson 2008, pp. 49–50.</ref> However, according to York, Clark was largely indifferent to audiences and the group did not last long:

Around the same time, Hoh recorded with a studio group named the Giant Sunflower, which included future record producer Val Garay.<ref> {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Their first single, "February Sunshine", was released by two record companies simultaneously in April 1967: Take 6 Records and Ode Records, where it was the first record issued by producer Lou Adler's new record label.<ref> {{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> Ode won out and "February Sunshine" debuted at number 106 on Billboard's June 3, 1967 "Bubbling Under the Hot 100" chart.<ref> {{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> Promoted as a flower power/sunshine pop record, it was followed in October by the second Giant Sunflower single "What's So Good About Goodbye".<ref> {{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> Without a touring band, a Los Angeles folk-rock group, the Rose Garden (without Hoh), sometimes performed as the "Giant Sunflower" and later recorded "February Sunshine" and two unrecorded Gene Clark compositions for their debut album.<ref> {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Hoh became a part of the Mamas and the Papas touring group and on June 18, 1967 they appeared as the final act at the Monterey Pop Festival (singer John Philips was one of the event's organizers). Although several songs were filmed, only "California Dreamin'" and "Got a Feelin'" made the final cut of the Monterey Pop concert film. The complete Mamas and the Papas set was released on an album in 1970 and additional film footage was included in The Complete Monterey Pop Festival DVD set in 2002. A review of the album described Hoh's drumming as "first rate".<ref>Rolling Stone 1970.</ref> During the extended instrumental introduction to their first song, Eddie Hoh plays an improvised drum part; at the conclusion of their set, Hoh and top studio drummer Hal Blaine play in tandem as the singers leave the stage. While touring with the group, Hoh took part in after-hours club jams. Another touring musician recalled:

Also in June, Hoh recorded the Goodbye and Hello album with experimental folk singer-songwriter Tim Buckley.<ref>Underwood 2002, p. 44.</ref> The album was produced by former MFQ member Jerry Yester and has been called "a revolutionary album that was a quantum leap for both Tim Buckley and the audience".<ref name="Greenwald The Trip"> {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> "Once I Was" and "Pleasant Street" have been singled out as "tracks [that] are easily among the finest example of Buckley's psychedelic/folk vision".<ref name="Greenwald The Trip"/> Rough outtake material from the album session was released in 1999 on Buckley's Works in Progress.<ref>Hoh sometimes has been listed as a bass player for Works in Progress and other times as the drummer for "The Fiddler".</ref>

Eddie Hoh also "became the Monkees second call studio drummer (after Hal Blaine)" and played on many of their songs.<ref name="Einarson 2008 116">Einarson 2008, p. 116</ref> From their beginning in 1966, producers used a variety of session musicians to record the Monkee's material, including Blaine and several others from the Wrecking Crew. It is unclear which, if any, of the songs on their first three albums include Hoh. However, starting with their fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (with ex-MFQ member Chip Douglas now as their producer), Hoh has been identified as the drummer on many Monkees' songs released in 1967 and 1968. Among his contributions are "Pleasant Valley Sunday", the jazz-influenced "Goin' Down", "Daydream Believer", the second studio version recording of "Words", "Zor and Zam", and "Star Collector", which ends with extended improvised drumming.

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