Canned Heat
by: Ms Misha Morê 


Canned Heat is a blues-rock/boogie band that was formed in Los Angeles in 1965.  Because of their blues-based music, they have been responsible for reintroducing and reviving the careers of some of the great old bluesmen and their improvisational abilities.

In the beginning, the group was headed by Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson and Bob "The Bear" Hite. Canned Heat took their name from Tommy Johnson's 1928 "Canned Heat Blues", a song about an alcoholic who desperately turned to drinking Sterno, which is generically called canned heat.

Having performed at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival (along with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who) and was one of the lead acts at the original Woodstock Festival, have given them international recognition and cemented their place in the annals of rock 'roll history.  Having Wilson's distinctive harmonica sound accompanied by veteran bluesman, Son House, on his rediscovery album, "Father of the Blues." The other members of the band were Larry "The Mole" Taylor on bass and Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra on drums.

Canned Heat's unique blend of modern electric blues, rock and boogie and their top-40 country-blues-rock songs, "On The Road Again," "Let's Work Together," and "Going Up The Country," became rock anthems around the world with the later being the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock.

The band lost Alan Wilson to suicide on September 3, 1970.  His death marked reconstruction and member changes continued throughout the next two decades. Bob Hite, collapsed and died of a heart attack on April 5, 1981 at the Palamino in Los Angeles and Henry Vestine died on October 20, 1997 in Paris, France following the final European tour.

Canned Heat has managed to survive under the leadership of Fito de la Parra since the late 70's. The band has played all over the world, performing at various festivals including Monterey Pop, the Sturgis Motorcycle Run U.S.A. and the original Woodstock since 1967.  They have been showcased at world-famous venues such as Paris' Olympia, both Fillmore Auditoriums, The Kaleidoscope, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and Royal Albert Hall and have performed at more biker festivals than any other band in the world.

Canned Heat is strong than ever after more than forty years and thirty-six albums later.  With drummer/band leader Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra at the helm and their best acts to date, Canned Heat continues the tradition to carry the boogie-blues it made famous, well beyond for millenniums to come. In 2006, the lineup included Fito on drums, Greg Kage on bass and vocals, Barry Levenson on guitar and the return of Robert Lucas guitar, harmonica and lead vocals. Their current CD, "Friends In The Can ", brings together a number of Canned Heat's musical friends from the past and present to join them in this musical culmination and celebration of forty years of Canned Heat blues and boogie.

Their appearance at the Blues Fest VI was very well received and brought back stellar performances of the group's past and present remarkable musical sound that have made them famous worldwide. 


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