Fever Tree

From: Houston, TX, USA

Fever Tree is an American psychedelic rock band out of Houston, Texas, best remembered for their 1968 hit “San Francisco Girls (Return Of The Native).” Band members were Dennis Keller (vocals), Michael Stephen Knust (guitar), Rod Landes (synthesizer, organ, piano), E.E. “Bud” Wolfe (bass guitar), John Tuttle (drums), and Don Lampton (guitar, keyboards). The band began in 1966 as a folk rock group called The Bostwick Vines, and changed their name to Fever Tree a year later after the addition of Landes.

Fever Tree had their one and only hit with “San Francisco Girls (Return Of The Native)”, which reached #91 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1968. Like most of the band’s material, the song was written by the couple of Scott and Vivian Holtzman, who were also their producers. The song captured all of the band’s trademarks, including Keller’s incantation-like vocals, shifts between slow and almost sacral feeling faster, more rock oriented parts, and the searing guitar work by Knust.

The band’s self-titled album was also released in 1968, charting at #156 on the Billboard 200 chart. Their second album, Another Time, Another Place,  peaked at #83 in 1969, with a third album, Creation, charting at #97 in 1970. Fever Tree never had another hit after “San Francisco Girls”. The band even tried writing their own material once they dropped the Holtzmans as producers. Fever Tree disbanded in 1970, but would reform in 1978 with Knust as the only original band member. The new formation had little commercial success, and Fever Tree was not heard of again until 2003 when Knust died.

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From the 1968 album Fever Tree

  • Day Tripper – We Can Work It Out
  • Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing
  • San Francisco Girls (Return Of The Native)
  • The Sun Also Rises
  • Unlock My Door

From the 1968 album Another Time, Another Place

  • Grand Candy, Young Sweet

From the 1970 album For Sale

  • Hey Joe

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