Bentley Road

From Los Angelas, CA, USA

Bentley Road were an obscure band from the psychedelic era. Original members included Craig Anderson (guitar, vocals), Jeff Anderson (bass), Pat Erickson (vocals, flute, tambourine),  Woody Bell (vocals), Jonnie Sue Bartell (keyboards, vocals), and Chuck Zendner (drums).

Bentley Road evolved out of the band Sedate Sunshine Company, which formed in 1965 in Kingsburgh, California. Primarily a folk-rock band, they had psychedelic overtones and labeled themselves as “folkadelic.” They were inspired by and covered bands like The Byrds and Peanut Butter Conspiracy. They also played many originals which were all written by Craig Anderson.

The band made their only TV appearance in 1967 on the local Dick Carr Show. They mainly gigged in Fresno, California. They played in many Battle Of The Bands competitions and finally put together a demo tape of their songs in the spring of 1968. This tape has still never officially been released.

They were never able to make it big in Fresno, so the Craig Anderson, Erickson, and Bartell went off on their own and recruited David Nyberg on drums. They moved to Los Angeles and changed their name to Anderson. They played the club scene and were finally discovered by Steppenwolf bassist Nick St. Nicholas who became their manager. They changed their name to Bentley Road after a song written by Anderson and issued one single. In 1969, Bentley Road recorded “Kill The Cobra” / “Michael, Michael” on the Forward Records Label, which was produced by Ron “Buddy” Budnik. The single didn’t sell well, but the band continued playing together until 1975.

Artist Info: sedatesunshinecompany.com

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From the 1969 single “Kill The Cobra”
Bentley Road - Kill The Cobra

  • Kill The Cobra