Philadelphia garage band the Rising Tydes was formed in 1965 by vocalist Ed Murray, guitarists Ray Rudnitskas and Mike Bell, bassist Mike Frederick, and drummer Dave Snyder. Named in honor of the Rolling Stones' hits collection High Tide and Green Grass, the band's membership swelled to six with the 1966 addition of keyboardist Bob Derer -- drummer Ronnie Sperling replaced Snyder later that same year. Following a series of battle-of-the-bands contests, the Rising Tydes recorded their lone single, "Artificial Peace"/"Don't Want You Around," at Philadelphia's Sound Plus Studios in 1967, promoting its release via local television appearances and radio-sponsored dances. Keyboardist Bill Byer replaced Derer later that year, and at the peak of their local fame, the Rising Tydes appeared at the first city-sponsored rock show ever held in Philadelphia. In early 1968, Frederick volunteered for Air Force duty, and the band gradually splintered. Both sides of the "Artificial Peace" single were later reissued on the Crude PA, Vol. 2 compilation.
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