Gideon and Power

Gideon and Power

Gideon and Power

20 thoughts on “Gideon and Power

  1. This is so very cool!! I am happy to say that I was in the audience of a Gideon and Power performance at Keystone Korner and absolutely loved it. I am assuming that this is the same evening I was there. Listening to these songs just reminds me of how truly excellent and entertaining Gideon and Power actually were back then. I just wish the Gideon and Power record that I had on vinyl would be issued on CD, but for now, this is great to remember and enjoy them. I grew up in San Francisco and have been living in New Jersey since the mid-80’s, but this takes me back to some very fine times. Thanks!!!

    • Thanks for the wonderful note.
      Those were great days.
      I know the tracks were recently available on iTunes.
      I’ll look around and let you know, if I see them.
      There’s a great interview on youtube with Mickey Thomas,
      who sang with Gideon, Elvin Bishop, and the Jefferson Starship. He sang Fooled Around and Fell in Love.
      Said he learned a lot about singing from Gideon.
      Thanks again.
      Keep in touch.
      Charlie

      • The Mickey Thomas interview (9 parts) you speak of is precisely what led me to this blog. Outstanding interview. I had never heard Gideon & Power. Although I am 5th generation San Franciscan, I was 7 years old in 1971… so hearing the music now is a treat. Wish I could have been hitting those clubs back then. I was still able to see Elvin, Mickey, Country Joe, Barry Melton, Ciopolina, Gravenites, and others… joints like Keystone, The Fillmore, The Saloon… SF was/is a wonderful place. I basically grew up in Marin, which was also a melting pot for musicians/bands… and moved back to SF when I was an adult…Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge! Peace. – Smiley

      • thanks Smiley.
        San Francisco is always amazing.
        what knocked me out about Mickey’s interview was his respect and gratitude.
        he’s a survivor. Johnny V Vernazza played bass with Gideon when we first got going, late night jams with Elvin
        led to Johnny joining Elvin’s band. Johnny’s a road warrior, playing blues up and down the state.
        thanks so much for the note.

  2. Thank you so much for making this available. I just found an old 45 of his that belonged to my Mom and was hoping I could find a copy to download. I found three on iTunes, but so happy to be able to listen to all of these here. My mother was a friend of Gideon’s, and I saw him in San Francisco several times. He had Thanksgiving dinner with us twice, and I remember him singing all the time. I don’t know what happened to him, but I miss him. He put on a fantastic live show and had everyone up and on their feet the whole time. There will never be anyone quite like him.

    • Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for the note.
      Was an amazing time.
      Thanks for listening.

      I will try to update the site more often. Post some pictures, tell the stories, and put that 45, that you have, up for people to hear.

      I still play with Denny Geyer, the guitar player on the Gideon album. And on the 45. He still sings, plays, and writes great.

      Please keep in touch,
      thanks again,

      Charlie

  3. I always tell people that Gideon & Power were the best live act I ever saw. I’m not the most demonstrative, but I’d find myself clapping, singing, jumping up & down, and even standing on tables. The lineup with you, Gideon, Bobby Castro, Bruce Payne (singing “He Knows How Much We Can Bear”), and Arsenio Avecado (sp) was amazing. Also Ross Hiyashida and Johnny Vernaza on bass. But I think the first time I saw y’all, opening for Charlie Musselwhite at Keystone Korner, with just you, Gideon, and Bobby was at least as good – maybe better. Do you have a tape of “Holy Ghost” you can stick on here? That was always the highlight. I was so lucky to see many, many shows.

    • hi Dan,
      wish I had Holy Ghost. tried to get the tv show we had done on KQED in 1972, but KWED couldn’t track it down. said they had lost a lot of film in a fire. a couple of shows had all those good tunes.
      hope you’re doing great. thanks again for dropping by.
      will try to put a couple more tunes up there. Arsenio Avizado died a couple of years ago. was a way fun person. too fun.
      Ross passed away also. I play with an old friend of his Bobby Simmons. they had all come over from Hawaii together. Bruce gone, too.
      I see our Sonny and Cher Show performance listed in TV archives, but have never been able to find the video.
      ch

  4. I saw these guys at Country Roads ion Clement in Sam Francisco on the early 70s. Gideon would walk around the place singing. He (they) were great. Are they still around. That place always had great bands. Elvin Bishop played one night too. I loved that club.

    • Hey, Thanks Jim.
      I was playing at Country Road one night in the 1970’s when Gideon, Elvin, and Micky Thomas(Fooled Around and…) all came in and tore it up.
      Bobby Castro, from Gideon’s band was the leader and singer of our club band. Terry and Steve Hazlewood, also with Gideon, were the rhythm section.
      Thanks for the memory.
      Charlie

      • I was also fortunate enough to see Elvin Bishop there one night. I guess that means I saw you too. I assume the owner was friends with all you guys. That was a very good nightclub. I wish the place was still open exactly like it was then. Too bad about Gideon but we all have to go sometime. Thanks for replying.

    • Gideon passed away.
      had moved to the Northwest.
      was sitting in now and then with Denny Geyer, guitar player from album, when he was up there with Queen Ida.
      taught us a lot of music. Clara Ward style Philadelphia gospel, and more.

  5. I saw them only that one time but they made such an impression on me I never forgot about them. Or the name which is the surprising part. I forget people’s names I’ve known for years but haven’t seen for a long while.

  6. Oh Gideon…..Lord have mercy! Music from the past…Amen…we have lost too many…Ace Avizado, Bruce Payne…Charlie…and on and on…Miss you all- Remember me…Debi Dye…The Gospel Pearls…..Gelon Lau, Bobby Kent, Timmy McKenna, & on and on…I pray you are still doing the Good Thing!!!

  7. Bobby Castro, where are you my dear…? Hair reunion? Lawdy…I am feeling older and fatter this very moment!!!

  8. aaaaa….how can I download this????

  9. Hi Charlie,
    Thanks for all the great memories on this site!
    We did some great shows with Gideon.

    • hi terry, great to hear from you. i hope you are doing well. we had some cool times. survived country road, too. please say hey to your family.
      please keep in touch. charlie h

say hi. or leave a comment. thanks, Charlie

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