William Penn Fyve – Blow My Mind(1966, San Francisco, Cal. Thunderbird 302)
“Blow My Mind” has two drummers on it so the drum arrangement has this real thick feel to it. The lyrics have a Dylanesque “Summertime Blues” feel to them. The track also has a small farfisa organ breakdown, a great moment of mid-60’s garage/psychedelic…
William Penn Fyve was formed in 1965 and extinct by 1968. They were one of the most famous groups in The San Francisco Bay Area at the time and their name was all over Radio KYA, KFRC and KLIV as opening act for the biggest national and international acts as well as headlining their own shows.
The lineup boasted Mickey Hart (for a brief period) of the Grateful Dead and Gregg Rolie of Santana/Journey fame was a full time member for 1 1/2 years before he started a group with a dude name Carlos Santana. Gregg sings lead on almost all song of W.P.F. Penn used to go toe to toe in Battle of the Bands with the Grateful Dead and recorded one of the most famous Garage Rock Classics by the name of Swami. Swami appears on at least five bootleg compilations along with the flip side “Blow my Mind”.