Teddy & His Patches

400_Teddy_HisPatchesFrom San Jose, California

One in a long line of great San Jose groups in the ’60s, Teddy And His Patches was originally formed there in 1964 by Teddy Flores Jr. but came to nothing. The name was derived from Flores eye patch worn as he had lost an eye from cancer.

Teddy Flores formed a new band in 1966 with Bernard Pearson (lead guitar), David Conway (keyboards), Steve “Herbie” Urbani (bass) and Steve Marley (drums). They enjoyed some local success and opened for bands such as The Doors and Moby Grape in San Jose.

In 1967 Conway and Jerry Ralston wrote a song called Suzy Creamcheese based on the opening dialogue from The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet which Ralston “borrowed”. Conway later explained: “We had no clue who Frank Zappa was at that time.”

The single “Suzy Creamcheese”/”From Day To Day” (Chance 668) was recorded by Grady O’Neil for his Chance label in San Jose and was released in February 1967 enjoying some local success.  Although the group was a “straight” band the song utilized all manner of psychedelic excess.  Another psychedelic single followed: “Haight Ashbury”/”It Ain’t Nothin'”, (Chance 669) but the group had split up by the end of 1967.

For an interview with Steve Marley and Steve Urbani visit:  Teddy & His Patches

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1967 single “Haight Ashbury”
Haight Ashbury

  • Haight Ashbury
  • Suzy Creamcheese