Formed in Austin, Texas, USA in 1966, the group was originally known as St. John The Conqueroo after their founder Powell St. John, who had already written songs for the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. Bill Carr (vocals/harmonica), Charlie Pritchard (lead guitar/vocals), Wally Stopher (rhythm guitar/keyboards), Ed Guinn (bass) and Tom Bright (drums) completed the original line-up, but within weeks St. John had moved to San Francisco, where he subsequently formed Mother Earth. By 1967 only Pritchard and Guinn remained from the initial sextet, although Bob Brown (rhythm guitar/vocals) had joined the duo the previous year. A permanent drummer proved elusive, and Gerry Storm, Daryl Rutherford and Alvin Sykes succeeded each other in this capacity. Conqueroo became the houseband at Austin’s fabled Vulcan Gas Company Ballroom, where they forged an improvisatory blues/rock redolent of the Grateful Dead, but despite a deserved popularity, their sole release was a single ‘1 To 3’/‘I’ve Got Time’. They moved to San Francisco in 1968, but sadly failed to secure a following and when a four-track demo did not produce a recording deal, Conqueroo split up. Pritchard subsequently joined Cat Mother And The All Night News Boys while Guinn and Brown pursued a career penning radio jingles.
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