Before He Was a Super Freak

With the passing of Rick James last week (still unexplained apparently) most people don’t realize that before he was a “super freak” he was considered the “black Mick Jagger” of mid to late Sixties Yorkville, considered to be the Haight-Ashbury of Toronto at the time. Even more amazingly, the then Ricky James was in a band with not only various members of Steppenwolf and Buffalo Springfield but with ol’ “shaky” himself, Neil Young. The band was called the Mynah Birds and the Toronto Star has an excellent piece by John Goddard called Meet the Mynah Birds that is a fascinating description of a band that existed in the “before the gold rush” era of Canadian rock and roll. I believe that the link will expire before the end of the month so read while it’s free.

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