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Blues Image

The Blues Image was a one-hit wonder Latin-tinged pop/rock band, that one hit being "Ride Captain Ride," which made the Top Ten and sold a million copies in 1970. The group was formed in Tampa, FL, in 1966 by Michael Pinera (b. September 29, 1948, Tampa, FL) (guitar, vocals), Manuel Bertematti (b. 1946, Tampa, FL) (percussion), and Joe Lala (b. Tampa, FL) (drums). Malcolm Jones (b. Cardiff, Wales) (bass) joined in 1966, followed in 1968 by Frank "Skip" Konte (b. Canyon City, OK) (keyboards). The band moved to New York City in 1968 and managed a club called the Image. Then they moved to Los Angeles, where they signed to Atlantic Records' Atco division in February 1969, and released their self-titled debut album. This was followed by Open (1970), which featured "Ride Captain Ride." But the Blues Image never followed their hit. Pinera left, replaced by Kent Henry (guitar) and Dennis Correll (vocals). Then the Blues Image broke up. A third album, Red White & Blues Image, was compiled from outtakes. Skip Konte joined Three Dog Night, while some other band members reformed as Manna. Pinera later was a member of Iron Butterfly, then Ramatam, and, with Bertematti, the New Cactus Band. He also formed a band called Thee Image and worked as a solo artist. Lala became a Los Angeles session player and worked with Joe Walsh and the various manifestations of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, among others. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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I saw them at Pirates World in Dania, south fl, must have been summer of 71, 1st time i got high....grea t nite....thx BP
Great Song. Ride Captain.....
hhrothman
Strawberry Alarm Clock Did original version of this song
RIP Joe.
Ride red captain you don't need just look.
at you
saling517
Definitely not the original version...se e m s to be a remake later with some of the original members possibly involved. Too bad - this isn't nearly as good.
I would prefer to hear the original Ride Captain Ride.
rfunkhauser
Saw them at Clarkson College of Technology my freshman year 1970 in the alumni gym
14739578
Hope you people know Hold your head up was org done by Argent
They should have done more work. This is a great song, I am sure they could have done better!!
what is this version of ride captain ride? cmon pandora pay for the real one.
This is one of my favorites ! I am giving away my age I guess...
Great band, wish they would've done more. Pinera went with Iron Butterfly for the Metamorphosi s album. A completely different sound, but I liked it, even if a lot of folks didn't. Janeblett is right; Ride Captain Ride was a good song, but not their best. Saw them live in 1974, a shell of their former selves.
this song is sooo awesome!!!
Got a chance to see them in '68 on tour...alway s one of my favorites, just rarely get a chance to hear the other songs...Ride Captain Ride was good but not their best...Clean Love reminds me of Kenny Wayne Shepherd...
Gulp! Pinera was in Blues Image - Iron Butterfly - Ramatam - Cactus.

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