Sopwith Camel

483629From: San Francisco, CA, USA

Sopwith Camel was a rock music band associated with the San Francisco psychedelic rock scene of the late 1960s. The band formed in late 1965 and their lineup consisted of vocalist and saxophone player Peter Kraemer, guitarists Terry MacNeil and William Sievers, bassist Martin Beard and drummer Norman Mayell. Sopwith Camel is best known for being the second San Francisco band to get a recording contract with a national record label and the first to have a Top 40 hit.

Sopwith Camel released their first album (and only album recording during the 1960s), the eponymous Sopwith Camel, in 1967 on the Kama Sutra Records label. The band’s only hit single, “Hello, Hello”, became the first hit title to emerge from the San Francisco rock scene and reached #26 on the U.S. pop music charts in January 1967. The band’s first album, and the vaudevillian “Hello, Hello” in particular, had more in common sound wise with earlier songs by Lovin’ Spoonfulthan typical 1960s psychedelic rock; producer Erik Jacobsen produced for both Sopwith Camel and The Lovin’ Spoonful. The band was unable to follow up the success of their first album and hit single and disbanded later in 1967.

Sopwith Camel reformed in 1971 and recorded their second album, 1972’s The Miraculous Hump Returns from the Moon on Warner Bros. Records’ Reprise label. The band broke up again in 1974. Sopwith Camel’s debut album has been rereleased twice as Frantic Desolation in 1986 and as Hello Hello Again in 1990.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1967 album Sopwith Camel

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  • Frantic Desolation
  • Hello Hello
  • Little Orphan Annie
  • Maybe In A Dream
  • Saga Of The Low Down Let Down
  • The Great Morpheum
  • Treadin’
  • You Always Tell Me Baby

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