Musical trends may come and go, but those that truly resonate are timeless. Such is the case for the blues and it's offspring, rock'n roll and boogie music. And just as basic roots music has not only survived but prospered, so have some of it's "living legends". Canned Heat was the 3rd highest paid artist at WOODSTOCK after Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin (13.000$), and along with Greatful Dead, Santana and Jefferson Airplane one of the few bands of the "Psychedelic San Francisco Era" who were able to attract real big audiences.
The Band was formed in Los Angeles in 1966 by Bob "The Bear" Hite , Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine , and Al "Blind Owl" Wilson . The following year Lawrence Taylor and Adolpho "Fito" de la Parra joined the band. Over the years Canned Heat has had numerous personnel changes. Founding members Al Wilson on guitar and Bob Hite, who was responsible for the hounting vocals on such hits as "On The Road Again", "Going Up The Country" and "Let's Work Together", have both passed away.
Right from the start, Canned Heat has been at the forefront of popularizing blues music, as evidenced by such Top Ten hits as the three above mentioned. Over the years the family that is Canned Heat has included such as legendary musicians as Larry Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Walter Trout and Junior Watson. They can boast of collaborations with Little Richard, John Mayall, and blues great John Lee Hooker (Hooker 'N Heat, 1970) and Hooker's 1990 Grammy Award-winning classic, (The Healer).
They and/or their music have been featured on televison (In Concert, David Frost, Merv Griffin, Playboy After Dark, etc.), and in films ("Woodstock, Flashback, etc.). Their legend is currently being heard and felt in various television commercials ("On The Road Again" for Miller Beer, "Goin' Up The Country" for Pepsi, Chevrolet and McDonald's, and others for 7-Up and Levi's).
Fito's book, "Living The Blues" is the complete and outrageous Canned Heat story of "Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival" along with over 100 captivating pictures from their past.