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Soft White Underbelly

Soft White Underbelly formed in 1967 in the vicinity of Stony Brook University on Long Island. The band consisted of guitarist Buck Dharma, drummer Albert Bouchard, keyboardist Allen Lanier, singer Les Braunstein and bassist Andrew Winters. A bad review of a 1969 Fillmore East show caused Sandy Pearlman (band manager) to change the name of the band - first to Oaxaca, then to the Stalk-Forrest Group. After a few more temporary band names, including the Santos Sisters, the band settled on Blue Öyster Cult in 1971.

Cactus

Cactus is an American hard rock supergroup, initially conceived as early as late 1969 and originally featured the Vanilla Fudge rhythm section of bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, guitarist Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart (also from the already dissolved Jeff Beck Group). However, Beck had an automobile accident and was out of the music scene for over a year and Stewart joined Ronnie Wood in Faces.

Mountain

Mountain is an American rock band that formed in Long Island, New York in 1969. Originally comprising vocalist and guitarist Leslie West, bassist/vocalist Felix Pappalardi, keyboardist Steve Knight and drummer N. D. Smart, the band broke up in 1972 and has reunited frequently since 1973. Best known for the song "Mississippi Queen", Mountain is one of many bands to be commonly credited as having influenced the development of heavy metal music in the 1970s.

Vanilla Fudge

Vanilla Fudge is an American rock band. The band's original lineup – vocalist/organist Mark Stein, bassist/vocalist Tim Bogert, lead guitarist/vocalist Vince Martell, and drummer/vocalist Carmine Appice – recorded five albums during the years 1966–69, before disbanding in 1970. The band has reunited in various configurations over the years, and is currently operating with three of its four original members. The band has been cited as "one of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became heavy metal".

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