People! 1968 Back Row: (l to r) Robb Levin, Denny Fridkin, Al Ribisi, Geoff Levin; Front Row: Gene Mason and Larry Norman
|Origin||San Jose, California|
|Years active||1965–1971, 1974, 2006–2007|
|Associated acts||Larry Norman
|Past members||Geoff Levin
People! was a one-hit wonder rock band that was formed in San Jose, California in 1965. They started out playing "Top 40" music like most artists but ended up releasing three albums of mostly original material. Their greatest chart success came with their summer hit single "I Love You", a song written by Chris White and recorded by The Zombies that never charted in the United States. The People! version of "I Love You", on the other hand, rose to number one in Japan (twice), Israel, Australia, Italy, South Africa, and the Philippines, and peaked at #14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in June 1968. They were also the first rock band to present a dramatic rock opera onstage with the creation of "The Epic".
Band members 
- Robb Levin - bass guitar, singer (1965–1971)
- Geoff Levin- band leader, guitar, singer (1965–1969)
- Albert Ribisi - keyboards, guitar, singer (1965–1971)
- John Riolo- drums, singer (1965–1966), later a prominent Hindu/Jewish/Zen Drum builder
- David Anderson - guitar, singer (1965)
- Pete Grant - temporarily replaced Robb Levin while he was ill, bass guitar, singer (three weeks) (1966)
- Larry Norman - replaced Dave Anderson, singer (1966–1968), later a prominent Christian rock musician
- Gene Mason - singer (1966–1969)
- Denny Fridkin - replaced John Riolo, drums, singer (1966–1971)
- Tom Tucker - replaced Geoff Levin, lead guitar (1969)
- Bruce Thomas Eason (as Scott Eason) - singer (1969)
- John Tristao - added to band, drums, singer (1970–1971)
- Steve Boatwright - added to band, drums, singer (1970–1971)
- Gary Burris - bass guitar for a four-hour time period (1974)
- Gary S. Pomeroy - lead guitar for a four-hour time period (1974)
- Rob Thomas - drums
Origins (1965) 
In 1965 Jeffrey Harris "Geoff" Levin (born 14 September 1945), a student at San Jose State College, and a former member of bluegrass bands the Pine Valley Boys, which had included David Nelson, and the Black Mountain Boys, which had included Jerry Garcia, later of the Grateful Dead; his younger brother, Robert Keith "Robb" Levin (born 25 April 1949); Albert Anthony "Al" Ribisi (born 5 July 1949), the son of a San Jose surgeon, a senior at Bellarmine College Preparatory school, and a member of the Aardvarks, a local surf music band; John Matthew Riolo (born 28 December 1949), a junior at Bellarmine College Preparatory school, and also a member of the Aardvarks; and David Ladd "Dave" Anderson, stage manager and announcer for The Off Stage, a folk music club, and who also managed a folk club near La Honda, California, formed the San Jose band People!. Their name, which was intended as an ironic contrast to bands with animal names, such as The Beatles, The Animals, The Turtles, and The Byrds, was suggested by Anderson, who also originated the artwork for their name logo.
Geoff Levin, who gave guitar lessons to local DJ Mike Hunter, asked Hunter if he would like to manage the group.
Line-up changes (1966) 
In 1966 People!'s manager Mikel Hunter Herrington (known professionally as both Mike Hunter and Captain Mikey) recommended Anderson be replaced as Anderson had incompatible music sensibilities and aspirations. Anderson left to form another band, Tree of Life. In 1966 Larry Norman (born 8 April 1947) opened a concert for People! at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove near Monterey, California that followed a speech by Buckminster Fuller, "The Father of Geodesics". According to a foundation member of People!, John Riolo, Norman was a smash:
It turned out that he was the hardest act the group ever had to follow. He was such a great entertainer and he looked wonderful, was animated, made the audience laugh, told clever stories, clowned around etc., and most of all sang very well. Larry and his beautiful singing could melt your tender heart one moment and burn down the barn the next. His comedy, acting pranks, and obvious show biz wizardry were irresistable to all present.
Several days after seeing Norman's performance, Geoff Levin contacted Norman and invited him to join the band. According to John Riolo: "Geoff made Larry an offer to join the group several days after this chance meeting. Larry Norman wanted Gene Mason in the group also since they had grown up together dreaming of becoming singers like The Righteous Brothers and had also honed their skills in a popular local folk group. Mason and Norman had considerable experience behind them with their own folk group The Back Country Seven. After hearing Mason sing with Norman, Geoff Levin approved Mason's inclusion. Norman became the band's principal songwriter, sharing lead vocals with Gene Mason (born 26 July 1947). According to Riolo: "They were hired as dual lead singers which would allow PEOPLE! to cover almost any of the top hits. Gene and Larry could dance, sing, switch off vocal duties, and put on an amazing show."
Riolo soon left because as a senior high school student he could not commit to full-time involvement, and was replaced on drums by San Jose State College student Dennis Allen "Denny" Fridkin (born 16 December 1946 in Los Angeles), who had been recruited by Norman. In addition to his drumming, Fridkin sang, and also joined Norman and Geoff Levin as a songwriter. They encouraged the other band members to write and collaborate. Five of the six members were writing songs by the time of the first album, which contained a variety of styles, including straight ahead rock, hard rock, country rock, psychedelic rock, and classical rock.
After considerable rehearsal, Hunter used his radio prominence to freely promote all the band's engagements. After gigs at dances at churches, schools, teen clubs, roller rinks, recreation clubs, battle of the bands, private parties, and even a place called "The Wahtzit Club", People! attracted larger crowds, and the group began making appearances at major rock concerts and festivals on the West Coast. People! appeared with such artists as The Dave Clark Five, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Doors, The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and San Jose bands Syndicate of Sound, and Count Five. After Carl Engleman, head of A&R at Capitol Records, heard them play at the Whatsit Club, a youth club, People! was signed to Capitol Records in 1966. As Norman was legally underage, he required parental permission and court approval to sign. Norman recalled in 1974:
I was still in my teens so my parents had to go to court and assure the judge that they were in accord with the agreement about to be signed. Of course, they were fearful of the while(sic) enterprise. They were pretty sure that the road to rock led to ruin, but when they saw that I would have no other life, they decided to give me their legal permission, withhold their personal blessing, and hope that when this treacherous course had been run I would return to the fold in one piece.
L'Epoque de Dieu (The Epic) (1966) 
Each night People! performed the rock opera "L'Epoque de Dieu" ("The Epic"), a thirteen-minute piece co-written by Norman and Fridkin in 1966, which used allegory to tell the story of the Incarnation and spiritual warfare. Possibly inspired by an essay by English writer G.K. Chesterton, Norman explained the idea behind the rock opera:
"My musical concept of the song we were going to write is that it would span the musical styles from Gregorian group singing ... to post-modern jazz. ... The story would be an allegory. ... Alain [duc Langlois] is the Son of his Father the king. He comes down down out of his position and eminence. His future bride, Toria Kincade, (Toria meaning Victoria or Victory, Kin meaning related to others; Mankind, Cade meaning Lamb, Langlois is The Lion) He loves "mankind" but this world is plagued by the 'dragon', the evil one, Satan. To save the one he loves, his bride to be, and establish his kingdom he must do battle with the dragon. Though he is wounded during this battle, he destroys Satan. ('Alain killed the dragon.' Boom. The End. The end of the song. The end of the album. The first rock opera ever written."
According to Norman, People! toured "27 cities with The Who, performing our rock opera "The Epic" every night with Pete Townshend standing in the wings watching, (which led to Pete writing "Tommy" and releasing it eighteen months later, he divulged to the band in a later encounter)." According to Norman,
"Townshend was very interested in the song, especially the dramatics of the song. The Battle scene was acted out. ... Townshend said he wanted to write a rock opera and the next year The Who released "Tommy". A few months after its release Pete and Denny were travelling and Pete said 'Well, I did it. I wrote a rock opera,' and he told Denny he had been directly inspired by another band. In later years he would say he got the idea elsewhere, inspired by another band. Twenty years later he was saying it was three English bands. It's show biz, baby. You can't admit you nicked the idea off an obscure, one hit wonder".
While some have disputed Norman's claims (especially since Townshend had already written and recorded his first "rock opera," "A Quick One [While He's Away]," by this point), there is some corroboration of the veracity of Norman's claim. Rock historian Walter Rasmussen claims Pete Townshend has acknowledged as the inspiration for The Who's Tommy, providing him with both the basic idea of "rock opera" and also an essential plot line (involving a misunderstood messianic leader)." Further, according to David Di Sabatino: "There's shards of that that are might be true. One of the guys in People, bassist Robbie Levin - who didn't like Larry - says he operated a lodge, and Townsend came to stay once, and he asked him point blank, and Townsend corroborated that it was true."
Capitol Records releases (1967–1968) 
People!'s first three singles and first two albums were produced by their manager, Mikel Hunter "Captain Mikey" Harrington, and recorded at the Sierra Sound Laboratories owned by Bob De Sousa in Berkley, California. In 1967 Capitol released People!'s first single "Organ Grinder/Riding High", with both songs co-written by Norman and Mason. "Organ Grinder" is "a song about a child molester in the Panhandle Park of Haight Ashbury". While many considered "Riding High" to be about drugs, according to Norman it was a Christian song "about survival and redemption", "about riding high above this world's cares through the power of the Holy Spirit". However, this single failed to chart, due to a lack of promotion by Capitol. During 1967 People! appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Other songs written by Norman and Fridkin in 1967, but refused release by Capitol, were "Floor Talk", "The Ice Cream Man", and "The End of the Road" for an almost completed but unreleased People! album. In 1968 Norman wrote "I am the Six O'Clock News", but Capitol refused to release it as a single, as Alan W. Livingston, then "the head of Capitol was pro-Vietnam, like most middle-class Americans".
I Love You (1968) 
While they were working on their debut album, Cathy Stashuk (born 19 November 1950 in San Francisco), the president of their fan club, recommended that they record a cover version of the British band The Zombies' 1965 song "I Love You", written by Chris White. People! added the song to their live show to popular acclaim. On 2 February 1968 Capitol released it as their second single, produced also by Mikel Hunter, backed by "Somebody Tell Me My Name", co-written by Geoff Levin and Fridkin for the rock musical Vox Populi. After extensive promotion by the band and its manager, and industry advertising by Capitol, including the creation of a promotional film that appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand on 27 April 1968, "I Love You" quickly became a hit single, selling more than one million copies, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 14 June 1968, #13 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles Chart on 29 June 1968, becoming a #1 single in several markets including Italy, Israel, and Japan. After the release of their single "I Love You", People! toured extensively, appearing three times on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, including an appearance on 15 June 1968, and also on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show. According to the liner notes of the 2006 Best of People! Volume 1 album, People!'s version of "I Love You" could have topped the US national charts if not for industry rivalries:
"It was #1 in Japan. It was big everywhere. Israel, South Africa, England, Scandinavia, Argentina and America where it actually hit #1 in every "market" all over the country, but not in the same week. Bill Gavin and Bill Drake had two competitive companies who did exactly the same thing. For an expensive membership each would advise radio stations on what was bubbling up and was going to be a popular release to put into rotation on the radio playlist. But People! was produced by Mikel Hunter, an upstart who broke all the rules of AM Boss Jock Radio and could predict much more accurately what was going to be a hit. So any radio programmer could take a look at Hunter's playlist, several weeks ahead of the nation, and pick the hits for free. Gavin and Drake decided to bury Hunter and one way was to advise programmers NOT to play "I Love You." "It's not going to be a hit." was their steady message for the four months during which "I Love You" fought its way to the top of every chart. A sad story. But a funny one, because People! was able to do a concert in every city while their single was the hottest thing on the local charts. Most bands can only do concerts for a week as their song hits #1 and then is pushed off the charts by a Beatles song, or even a Monkees song. So People! followed the path that the song laid down and had the biggest and longest thrill ride any band can have. It was a freakish phenomenon and one that never happened again. The suppression and black-ball attempts of Gavin and Drake spun the band into the majors and the band toured with The Who and would have kept on going. But Larry [Norman] left the band on the day when Capitol followed up the little hit that could with a revamped version of the album for its premier release. Had the song been left on its own, unopposed, it would have sat atop the national charts at #1 for several weeks according to the overall tally in the end. Had Larry stayed in the group, who knows what might have happened".
Despite the success of "I Love You", People!'s heavy touring schedule, a promotional film of the group performing the song which aired on American Bandstand, and despite favorable reviews, the subsequent album, which was named after their hit single, was released by Capitol on 13 July 1968, but only reached #138 on the Billboard album charts on 10 August 1968. In August 1968 Capitol released People!'s third single "Apple Cider (credited to People! and from the rock 1968 musical Alison), backed with "Ashes of Me" (written by Al Ribisi and from the 1966 rock musical Vox Populi), which was produced also by Captain Mikey, but it failed to chart.
Departure of Larry Norman (1968) 
A series of disputes, both between the band members and between the band and their record label, resulted in Norman leaving People!. By the time the 'I Love You' album was released and the band undertook its first major tour of the USA in the summer of 1968 Larry Norman had left People!. Subsequently People! appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show. The reasons for Norman's departure are still disputed more than forty years later. All of the band members (except lead singers Norman and Mason) embraced Scientology. Norman claimed other members of the band zealously issued the ultimatum: "We all have to get into Scientology or you can't be in the band." Norman and Mason both refused. People! drummer, Denny Fridkin, acknowledged conflicting claims in a 2007 interview:
"I'm sure you've got many interpretations and you have gotten or will get from the horse's mouth. As I perceived it at the time the whole band had gotten interested in Scientology, sort of culty thing. . . I was into that Ron L Hubbard (sic) stuff for a short time, a couple of years. Albert the keyboard player was the first one to get exposed to it and he came to rehearsal one day and was just all excited about it. But Larry was just not at all interested in it of course."
Some band members indicate that Norman was asked to leave the band because he was seen as a "Suppressive Person". Norman agreed to be audited by the Church of Scientology on one occasion. Norman claimed that he was harassed by other members of Scientology, until the band's manager, KLIV radio personality and program director Captain Mikey (Mikel Hunter Herrington), intervened. In a letter to his father, Norman wrote: "Captain Mikey and I talked yesterday (he phoned to say that the Scientology center in San Francisco has decided I'm not suppressive at all. That's a relief; no more midnight phone calls.)" Some members of the band agree that while it was known that Larry had some sort of religious background, he did not make his faith known to the rest of the members. Geoff Levin specifically cites that he was totally unaware that Larry was a Christian and at no time did his faith enter into any of their discussions. However, in response to a question about whether Norman's Christian faith caused tensions in People!, drummer Denny Fridkin answered in a 2007 interview:
"Not outwardly at first. But we were playing in Monterey, California with a makeshift stage and during the dragon killing, during the epic where he would use a microphone stand and mimic killing a dragon... The stage had separated from Larry and he fell and damaged his finger. In fact a piece of bone flew off his finger and blood was spurting out all over the place. He finished the song with his finger a bleeding mess. Shortly after that is when he announced that he was leaving the band. My understanding is God told him that he was to be doing something else. Larry said, 'I don't know what that is but I'm following the Lord.'"
A second incident involved the release of People!'s first album. Larry Norman claimed that he expected to name the album after their cover of the Wayne Raney song "We Need A Lot More Jesus (and a Lot Less Rock and Roll)" and to feature Christian imagery on the album cover. Larry also claimed that Capitol Records decided to name the album after the single "I Love You" instead, with a photograph of the band on the cover. According to Norman, since he was facing censorship by his record label and a forced religious conversion by his bandmates, he quit the band on the day People!'s first album was released (July 13, 1968). In 2007 Norman wrote:
"I quit the band that day. I let them think it was their idea to kick me out. But I was very upset that the album title had been changed and that Jesus had been irreverently been giving [sic] a pair of hippie sunglasses. And I didn't want to record songs and have my best work left off of the album....I didn't want my message to be censored."
According to British writer Steve Turner, "Larry, always uncompromising, saw this as a victory for big business over artistic vision and for secular pop over spiritual rock. From then on, he ploughed an often lonely furrow as a solo artist who tried to combine the thrill of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones with the spiritual insight of writers such as CS Lewis and GK Chesterton." Some other members of People! state that at no time was there ever any talk of the album being called anything other than "I Love You." Geoff Levin, who apologised to Norman in 1996 for his treatment of Norman in the final months of Norman's relationship with the band, is quoted in the documentary Fallen Angel as stating that Norman's "take on things" was delusional. Norman biographer Allen Flemming attempts to reconcile the conflicting claims:
[A] band meeting was held in which Larry announced that he wanted to quit the band because of the influences of Scientology. The band's founders called him delusional and preempted Larry's resignation by firing him on the spot. The band then immersed themselves completely in Scientology and continued on without Larry, with diminishing success. Mikel Hunter, the band's manager, then quit as well, telling the band they had "just fired the talent."
Norman's last concert with this incarnation of People! for almost forty years was at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco on the night that the I Love You album was released (July 13, 1968). After Norman's departure, the band's second album Both Sides of People (1969), which included unused songs from the I Love You sessions, featured Norman's vocals and three of his compositions out of the eight tracks, the songs "I've Got You On My Mind", "She's A Dancer", and "Hasty Heart", which was written in 1967, and which Norman claimed was "probably the first country-rock song ever released".
Norman and Mason reunited in 1974 for a benefit concert for Israel at UCLA, later released in 1980 as the live album Larry Norman and People!—The Israel Tapes—1974 A.D. Norman, Fridkin and Mason came together in August 2006 for a People! reunion concert in the G. Herbert Smith Auditorium on the Willamette University campus in Salem, Oregon. This concert was later released on a CD titled "People! The Reunion Concert 2006", and on two DVDs, "Larry Norman Live At The Smith, The Solo Set" and "Live At The Smith, The Band Set". Soon after, Fridkin decided to move in with Norman to look after him due to Norman's declining health and Norman's son's impending marriage. All of the original members of People! came together for a final mini concert on 19 October 2007, where they were later inducted into the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame.
Both Sides of People! (1969) 
Despite Norman's departure, the band's second album Both Sides of People (1969), which included unused songs from the I Love You sessions, featured three Larry Norman compositions out of the eight tracks, the songs "I've Got You On My Mind," "Hasty Heart," and "She's A Dancer", and Norman's vocals. People! made their second live performance on American Bandstand on 8 February 1969, performing "I Love You" and "Think", a cover of the James Brown hit single.
There are People and There are People (1970) 
Before the release of their third album, There are People and There are People (1970) (Paramount PAS-5013), Mason left the band, and was replaced by John Anthony Tristao (born 25 August 1949), lead singer of Coffee, a San Jose band that had opened for People!, who had been recruited by Geoff Levin. Tristao fronted People! for the first time at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, opening for Creedence Clearwater Revival. Tristao would record eight singles and one album with People but they would never achieve another Top Ten hit. After the departure of Geoff Levin, Bruce Thomas Eason (born 9 January 1949), sang with the band, including several television appearances. After three months, Eason left before their third album. Eason recalls, "I appeared as lead singer for the band on American Bandstand and Sam Riddle's "9th Street West". I used the stage name Scott Eason on the shows. I also participated in some unreleased studio recording that we did at Rainbow Studios in Hollywood as well." 
Their third album featured brass instruments, which changed their sound considerably. The band regrouped one more time without Robb Levin, but, achieving no further success, disbanded permanently in 1971.
Reunions (1974–2007) 
Norman and Mason reunited on Thursday, 9 May 1974 for a benefit concert in the Grand Ballroom at UCLA for the Israeli Fund, later released as the live album Larry Norman and People!—The Israel Tapes—1974 A.D. Norman recruited local San Jose musicians Gary Wayne Burris (born 6 November 1952), Gary Steven Pomeroy (born 23 May 1951), and Robb Thomas (died about 1997) for this incarnation of People!
Norman, Fridkin and Mason came together in August 2006 for a People! reunion concert in the G. Herbert Smith Auditorium on the Willamette University campus in Salem, Oregon. This concert was later released on a CD titled "People! The Reunion Concert 2006", and on two DVDs, "Larry Norman Live At The Smith, The Solo Set" and "Live At The Smith, The Band Set". Soon after, Fridkin decided to move in with Norman to look after him due to Norman's declining health and Norman's son's impending marriage.
On October 19, 2007, People! was inducted into the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame and its most successful lineup (including Larry Norman, Gene Mason, Denny Fridkin, Albert Ribisi, Robb Levin, John Riolo, and Geoff Levin) performed together for the first time since 1968. John Tristao, who joined People! after the departure of Norman and Mason, was also present, and had been inducted into the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame in its inaugural class in October 2006.
After break-up 
- Larry Norman started performing his own songs in 1956. He went on to perform for Ted Mack's Amateur Hour TV show when he was thirteen, signed with Capitol Records when he was eighteen, and opened for Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Byrds, and others with People! In 1968, Norman left People! and moved to Hollywood. He was asked to be one of the leads in Hair, and also offered a solo contract from Capitol Records. He passed on Hair and released his first solo album entitled Upon This Rock. He went on to long career in music before dying of heart disease in February 2008.
- Dennis Fridkin once said he had come to San Jose State for pre–med studies "because it was the only college that would accept me." Two hours after his arrival at the bus terminal, Norman approached him in an electronics store and asked if he played drums. In two weeks, Fridkin was drumming for a full house with People! at the San Jose Civic Auditorium, opening for Paul Revere and the Raiders. When People! turned down an extensive Australian tour, Fridkin decided to go his own way and he retired from People!. He went back to school and completed his medical degree and opened up his own clinic for chiropractic and holistic health, and ran the business for twelve years. He later returned to show business, this time writing several musicals, which were performed in Las Vegas and Palm Springs. In 2005 he re–united with Norman and toured parts of Europe and America as Norman's musical director and keyboardist.
- Gene Mason went on to form his own band Carrousel, which had some success in Los Angeles and in the San Francisco Bay Area after retiring from People! Mason also became the lead guitarist for Carrousel, and continued to record with his own group and People! vets Denny Fridkin and Larry Norman. Norman and Mason reformed People! in 1974 for recording sessions and a benefit concert for The Israel Fund. Mason's love for bluegrass never died, however, and he gravitated back into several prominent groups throughout California, including the Stoney Hill Bluegrass Band, Western Lights, and The Borderline Bluegrass Band. Mason later moved to Salt Lake City and played lead guitar and sang for various country and western bands.
- Geoff Levin is a founding member of the internationally popular "storytelling and music group" Celestial Navigations and has toured and released CD performances with the group for over 25 years. Geoff is also a composer, orchestrator and songwriter. Mr. Levin has numerous TV and cable shows and series to his credit, including a three-part series for The Learning Channel called Science at the Edge, National Geographic's Quest for K2, and the Discovery Channel's special Valley of the T-Rex. He has provided additional music for Friends, Saturday Night Live, The Sopranos, Roswell, All My Children, Family Matters, Good Morning America, and 20/20, and has scored over 30 films and numerous television presentations. Geoff was an early participant in Scientology's Celebrity Center and spent time with L. Ron Hubbard in the Sea Org.
- Robb Levin was in the band longer than any other member and became leader of People! after the other founding members moved on. The name People! was eventually changed to Rocking Horse, and Levin continued to tour and record. Later Levin toured with the Rick Springfield Band. He also became a successful clothing manufacturer, property developer, and owner of the Sorrel River Ranch Resort near Moab, Utah.
- Albert Ribisi, married to Lyn Ribisi, writes for magazines. Ribisi owns and manages L.A. Publishing, a printing company that specializes in expedited printing services. Ribisi's son Giovanni and daughters Marissa and Gina are professional television and film actors.
- John Tristao is the frontman for Creedence Clearwater Revisited, with original CCR bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford. Tristao had previously logged many years with the west coast Daddy-O. Tristao has also released several of his own albums, including Big Hat, No Cattle, and his double edged CD/DVD release Feed the Need.. He was inducted into the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame in October 2006. In addition to his work with CCR, Tristao is lead singer for Johnny Bulldog.
- David Anderson came up with the name People! and was an original founding member. He has been a fixture in the Bay Area music scene for years as a writer and a performer, and has showcased at the KPIG Fat Fry, The San Francisco Folk Festival, and The High Sierra Folk Festival.
- John Riolo's continued to play drums, keyboards, guitar, and sing professionally after leaving People!, and worked in various rock bands around the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the Western United States. He produced his own music in San Francisco, Johnny and the Soulbirds, playing all instruments. Riolo was part of the San Francisco Rock Music scene for many years, constructed and lived in his massive tree house for eleven years in Oregon, and now owns a Custom Drum Company specializing in rock and roll drum sets, Riolo Custom Drums
- Bruce Thomas Eason owns an insurance business in Long Beach, California and has appeared in several films.
- Gary Burris joined Gropus Cackus in 1977, after having been a member of Coffee, and Bandana
Singles (45 rpm) 
Title (A Side/B Side) (Label Number) Year
- "Organ Grinder"/"Riding High" (Capitol 5920) 1967
- "I Love You"/"Somebody Tell Me My Name" (Capitol 2078) 1968
- "Apple Cider"/Ashes Of Me (Capitol 2251) 1968
- "Ulla"/Turnin' Me In (Capitol 2449) 1969
- "Turnin' Me In"/Ulla (Capitol 2499) 1969
- Love Will Take Us Higher & Higher/Living It Up (Paramount 0005) 1969
- Sunshine Lady/Crosstown Bus (Paramount 0011) 1969
- For What It's Worth/Maple Street (Paramount 0019) 1970
- One Chain Don't Make No Prison/Keep It Alive (Paramount 0028) 1970
- Chant For Peace/I Don't Carry No Guns (Polydor 14087) 1971
- I Love You (Re-Issue)/Nobody but Me (The Human Beinz) (Capitol P4482 and X-6224)
- I Love You (1968) (Capitol ST-2924) CD Re-Release (1994) (Capitol CDP-29797)
- Songs: 1000 Years B.C./ Nothing Can Stop the Elephants/ Ashes of Me/ Crying Shoes
- I Love You/ What We Need is a Lot More Jesus (And a Lot Less Rock & Roll)/ The Epic
- Both Sides of People (1969) (Capitol ST-151)
- Songs: I've Got You On My Mind/ Hasty Heart/ You'll Never Know For Sure/ Think/ Hey Sweetheart/
- Lucky John/ She's A Dancer/ Pirate Bill
- There Are People and There Are People (1970) (Paramount PAS-5013)
- Songs: For What It's Worth/Crosstown Bus/How Does It Feel/We're Off To See The Wizard/There's A Man
- Miss Jane/The Other Side/Maple Street/Sunshine Lady/It's Making Me Crazy/The Willie Tell Experience
- Larry Norman and People! - The Israel Tapes 1974 A.D. (1980) (Phydeaux WOOF-999-1)
- Songs: Fly, Fly, Fly/ I Love You (Chris White)/ I Love You (Larry Norman/ Randy Stonehill)/
- I Am The Six O'clock News/ Lonely By Myself/ Baroquen Spirits/ You Knew What You Were Doing/
- Forget Your Hexagram/ I've Searched All Around The World/ Sweet Song Of Salvation
- Best of People Vol. 1 - 40 Year Anniversary (2006) (Solid Rock CD-SRP-001)
- Songs: Riding High/ Organ Grinder/ Hasty Heart/ I've Got You on My Mind/ Somebody Tell Me My Name/
- I Love You/ Ashes of Me/ She's a Dancer/ Crying Shoes/ The Epic
- Best of People Vol. 2 - 40 Year Anniversary (2006) (Solid Rock CD-SRP-002)
- Songs: 1000 Years Before Christ/Hey Sweetheart/Nothing Can Stop the Elephants/Opposite Me/
- We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus/Giant Man/She's a Dancer/Think/Apple Cider/Hungarian Rhapsody
- People! The Reunion Concert 2006 (2007) (Solid Rock)
- Songs: I Love You/ Riding High/ Cryin' Shoes/ Somebody Tell Me My Name/ She's A Dancer/
- Hey Sweetheart/ I've Got You On My Mind/ We Need A Whole Lot More Of Jesus/ Hasty Heart/
- Why Don't You Look Into Jesus/ Twelve Good Men
- I Love You Korea (2007) (Solid Rock ILY-001)
- Songs: 1000 Years Before Christ/ Nothing Can Stop the Elephants/ Ashes of Me/ Crying Shoes
- I Love You/ What We Need is a Lot More Jesus And a Lot Less Rock & Roll/ The Epic
This album is a high quality Japan and South Korea release from the original Capitol Records CD re-release of 1994 of their inaugural album "I Love You." Liner notes are written by Larry Norman and explain the origin and significance of each song.
- http://www.sorrelriver.com/resort+proprietor.php Robb Levin
- http://s164015853.onlinehome.us/ Geoff Levin
- http://www.lapubs.com/page10/page10.htm Albert Ribisi
- John Riolo
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jriolo John Riolo
- http://www.the-moon.com/ David Anderson
- http://www.petegrant.com/ Pete Grant
- http://www.larrynorman.com/ Larry Norman
- http://webs.lanset.com/fiddlebug Gene Mason
- Cummings, Tony (August 26, 2007). "People!: Drummer and songwriter Denny Fridkin recounts his life in music". Cross Rhythms.
- http://www.myspace.com/bruceeason Bruce Eason
- http://www.sanjoserocks.org/i_johntristao.htm John Tristao
- See posts by Don Edmonds (15 January 2009) and Steve Sevilla (25 February 2009), at Tony Cummings, "People!: Drummer and Songwriter Denny Fridkin Recounts his Life in Music", Cross Rhythms (26 August 2007), http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/People_Drummer_and_songwriter_Denny_Fridkin_recounts_his_life_in_music/28810/p1/
- http://www.myspace.com/55322532 Gary Burris
- http://www.1voiceband.com/ Gary Pomeroy
- http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-S-Pomeroy/828844814#!/profile.php?id=828844814 Gary S. Pomeroy
- Official Groove Kings Homepage
- Where we came from. Where we are going. by Gropus Cackus on Myspace
- In 1975 became a member of Gropus Cackus
- Source Citation: Birthdate: 14 Sep 1945; Birth County: San Francisco. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
- Bill Knopf, "Herb Pedersen: Rambler Rooted in Bluegrass", 5 String Quarterly (Spring 1996), http://www.eddiecollins.biz/herbsu96.html; http://www.urban.ne.jp/home/koa7/cronicles15.htm; Butch Waller, e-mail to Etsuo-san, (14 September 1998), Clarence White Chronicles: The Online Newsletter of A Guitar Virtuoso 15 (December 14, 1998), http://www.urban.ne.jp/home/koa7/cronicles15.htm
- See Black Mountain Boys, "Nine Pound Hammer" , and photo of newspaper clipping at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Geofflevinbass1.JPG; http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0505602/
- Source Citation: Birthdate: 25 Apr 1949; Birth County: Santa Clara. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
- Source Citation: Birthdate: 5 Jul 1949; Birth County: Santa Clara. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
- John Riolo, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jriolo; "Wayback Wednesday - The People", http://mog.com/DashboardDJ856/blog/1928285
- Source Citation: Birthdate: 28 Dec 1949; Birth County: Santa Clara. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
- Suzy Paluzzi, "Getting to Know David Ladd Anderson", The Santa Clara Weekly (January 27, 2010), http://scw.tearn.com/2010/01/getting-to-know-david-ladd-anderson.html; http://www.davidladdmusic.com/allstars.html
- Joel Selvin, Summer of Love: The Inside Story of LSD, Rock & Roll, Free Love, and High Times in the Wild West (Dutton, 1994):15-16.
- Source Citation: Birthdate: 26 Jul 1947; Birth County: Santa Clara. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
- Tony Cummings, "People!: Drummer and Songwriter Denny Fridkin Recounts His Life in Music", Cross Rhythms (26 August 2007), http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/People_Drummer_and_songwriter_Denny_Fridkin_recounts_his_life_in_music/28810/p1/; John Riolo, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jriolo; "Wayback Wednesday - The People", http://mog.com/DashboardDJ856/blog/1928285
- Source Citation: Birthdate: 16 Dec 1946; Birth County: Los Angeles. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995; Tony Cummings, "People!: Drummer and Songwriter Denny Fridkin Recounts His Life in Music", Cross Rhythms (26 August 2007), http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/People_Drummer_and_songwriter_Denny_Fridkin_recounts_his_life_in_music/28810/p1/
- Don Cusic, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music: Pop, Rock, and Worship (ABC-CLIO, 2009):311; Tony Cummings, "People!: Drummer and Songwriter Denny Fridkin Recounts His Life in Music", Cross Rhythms (26 August 2007), http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/People_Drummer_and_songwriter_Denny_Fridkin_recounts_his_life_in_music/28810/p1/; John Riolo, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jriolo; "Wayback Wednesday - The People", http://mog.com/DashboardDJ856/blog/1928285;
- Tony Cummings, "People!: Drummer and songwriter Denny Fridkin recounts his life in music", Cross Rhythms (26 August 2007), http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/People_Drummer_and_songwriter_Denny_Fridkin_recounts_his_life_in_music/28810/p1/
- Tony Cummings, "People!: Drummer and songwriter Denny Fridkin recounts his life in music", (26 August 2007), http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/People_Drummer_and_songwriter_Denny_Fridkin_recounts_his_life_in_music/28810/p1/
- Larry Norman, "Streams of White Light into Darkened Corners", http://subversiveinfluence.com/2009/06/streams-of-white-light-into-darkened-corners/ (accessed 5 May 2010).
- Chesterton wrote: "The more truly we can see life as a fairytale, the more clearly the tale resolves itself into war with the Dragon who is wasting fairyland". See G.K. Chesterton, The New Jerusalem (London: Thomas Nelson, 1920):157. See also Kyro R. Lantsberger, "The Battle with the Dragon: Grappling with GKC: Trying to Pin Down a 300-Pound Man", Gilbert Magazine (2006):14, http://gilbertmagazine.com/page_14.html
- Larry Norman, "Liner Notes", from People: I Love You Korea (2007).
- Larry Norman, "Larry Norman: The Growth Of The Christian Music Industry", Cross Rhythms (11 October 2006):5, http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/Larry_Norman__The_Growth_Of_The_Christian_Music_Industry/24341/p5/; and Larry Norman, in Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music Songbook, (Los Angeles, CA: One Way, 1972):6.
- Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "Larry Norman". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 633–634. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
- John Cody, "Angel Tells Tragic Tale of Larry Norman", BC Christian News, http://www.canadianchristianity.com/bc/bccn/0709/20angel.html Additionally, Denny Fridkin, who co-wrote "The Epic", related Levin's story to Di Sabatino.
- ILY Singles
- Back cover of People!'s I Love You CD.
- Robert Termorshuizen, "I Love You (1968)", http://www.meetjesushere.com/I_Love_You.htm; http://www.meetjesushere.com/ily_singles.htm
- "Best of People, Vol 1", http://www.merchantmanager.com/phydeaux/people!%201.html
- "Riding High", in "Chronology", On Being (1985/1986):14.
- "Larry Norman Down Under But Not Out", On Being (1985/1986):6.
- Larry Norman, in Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music Songbook, (Los Angeles, CA: One Way, 1972):5.
- Larry Norman, "Solid Rock Army Personal Discussion", (5 December 2006).
- Larry Norman, "The Odd Mod God Squad 2007 • The Ice Storm • New Music 2007", (6 January 2007). In February 2007 Norman and Fridkin were working on this unfinished album. See Larry Norman, "BLOG #5", SRA Field Report (22 February 2007).
- "Livingston Exit of Cap. Laid to 'Policy, Management Differences'", Billboard (10 August 1968):4; Dennis McLellan, "Alan W. Livingston Dies at 91; Former President of Capitol Records", Los Angeles Times (14 March 2009), http://articles.latimes.com/2009/mar/14/local/me-alan-livingston14
- Larry Norman, "I am the Six O'Clock News", Linear Notes, Rebel Poet, Jukebox Balladeer: The Anthology (September 2007). The song was eventually released in 1970 on the first version of Street Level. See Robert Termorshuizen and Jim Böthel,"Street Level (1970)", http://www.meetjesushere.com/streetlevel.htm, and later in 1972 on Only Visiting This Planet. See Robert Termorshuizen and Jim Böthel, "Only Visiting This Planet (1972)", http://www.meetjesushere.com/Only_Visiting_This_Planet.htm
- Source Citation: Birthdate: 19 Nov 1950; Birth County: San Francisco. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
- See "KLIV South Bay's Top 30 Hits", (2 February 1968).
- It debuted at #129. See "Action Records", Billboard (23 March 1968):66.
- On Being booklet (1984) that came with the Australian "Down Under (But Not Out)" cassette. See "LARRY NORMAN - THE MYSTERY ALBUMS", http://www.larrynorman.uk.com/mystery.htm; http://www.meetjesushere.com/ily_singles.htm
- See advertisement (including photo of the group), see Billboard (25 May 1968):35.
- "The Young Rascals (on film)/The People (on film", American Bandstand, Season 11, Episode 32 (27 April 1968), http://www.tv.com/american-bandstand/the-young-rascals-on-film--the-people-on-film/episode/164451/summary.html?tag=ep_guide;summary
- "Billboard Hot 100", Billboard (22 June 1968):68; Joel Whitburn, Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2006, 11th ed. (Record Research, 2008):650.
- "Cash Box Top 100 Singles" (29 June 1968), http://cashboxmagazine.com/archives/60s_files/19680629.html
- Harris, Ron. "Split over Scientology, 60s band 'People' reunites for one night". The Salinas Californian.
- Ron Harris, ""Split over Scientology, '60s band 'People' Reunites for One Night", AP, via The Salinas Californian, (22 October 2007), http://www.religionnewsblog.com/19712/people
- "B.J. Thomas / The People", American Bandstand, Season 11, Episode 38 (15 June 1968), http://www.tv.com/american-bandstand/b.j.-thomas--the-people/episode/164457/summary.html?tag=ep_guide;summary However, another source indicates it was on 8 June 1968. See "Today in Dick Clark's American Bandstand History", http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:JBMA09I3z6MJ:www.on-this-day.com/cgi-bin/feeds/mobile/dickclarkotd.pl+%22American+Bandstand%22+%22The+People%22+%22I+Love+You%22&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au&client=firefox-a
- Larry Norman, "Larry Norman: The Growth Of The Christian Music Industry", Cross Rhythms (11 October 2006):5, http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/Larry_Norman__The_Growth_Of_The_Christian_Music_Industry/24341/p5/
- See "I Love You", People, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU8h75G-LVE&feature=related
- "New Album Releases", Billboard (20 July 1968):50.
- "Action Records", Billboard (13 July 1968):421.
- Billboard (10 August 1968):89; "Album Reviews", Billboard (20 July 1968):73.
- "Top 60 Spotlight", Billboard (10 August 1968):64.
- Tony Cumming, "People!: Drummer and songwriter Denny Fridkin recounts his life in music", (26 August 2007), http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/People_Drummer_and_songwriter_Denny_Fridkin_recounts_his_life_in_music/28810/p1/
- Denny Fridkin, in Tony Cumming, "People!: Drummer and songwriter Denny Fridkin recounts his life in music", (26 August 2007), http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/People_Drummer_and_songwriter_Denny_Fridkin_recounts_his_life_in_music/28810/p1/
- Failed Angle - People!
- Norman friend Allen Flemming acknowledges this. See http://www.failedangle.com/site/people/people.html
- For details about Herrington, who was inducted into the San Jose Rocks! Hall of Fame in 2007 also, see Brad Kava,"Mikel Hunter Herrington", http://sanjoserocks.org/i_mikel_hunter.htm; "KLIV Radio 1590: The Top 40 Years San Jose, California", http://www.bayarearadio.org/audio/kliv/index.shtml
- Larry Norman, letter to Joe Norman, http://www.failedangle.com/site/people/DadLetter.pdf
- David Di Sabatino, Fallen Angel, (Jester Media, 2009).
- For original artwork for the album cover featuring Jesus, and the name "We Need a Lot More Jesus and Less Rock 'N' Roll", see http://www.failedangle.com/site/people/AlbumCoverArt.jpg; http://www.failedangle.com/site/people/people.html
- To see album cover as released by Capitol with its changed title and modified artwork removing a halo from and adding sunglasses to what was originally intended to be Jesus, see http://www.meetjesushere.com/images/LPs/ST2924a.jpg. The photo of the band was on the back of the album. See http://www.meetjesushere.com/images/LPs/ST2924b.jpg
- Alfonso, Barry "Larry Norman Biography." Musicianguide.com. Retrieved December 27, 2007.
- Larry Norman, liner notes, I Love You Korea (2007).
- Steve Turner, "Obituary: Larry Norman", The Guardian (27 February 2008), http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/feb/27/obituaries.mainsection
- Geoff Levin, e-mail to Larry Norman (11 March 1996), http://www.failedangle.com/site/people/LevinLetter.pdf
- Larry Norman, Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music Songbook (Los Angeles, CA: One Way, 1972):9.
- Robert Termorshuizen, "Both Sides Of People (1969)", http://www.meetjesushere.com/both_sides_of_people.htm; Jud Cost, "People!", http://sanjoserocks.org/i_people.htm
- Larry Norman, "Hasty Heart" in "Chronology and Background of the Songs", On Being (1985/1986):14.
- "The People / Al Wilson (on film)", Episode 24, Season 12, American Bandstand (8 February 1969), http://www.tv.com/american-bandstand/the-people--al-wilson-on-film/episode/166084/summary.html?tag=ep_guide;summary
- Source Citation: Birthdate: 25 Aug 1949; Birth County: Santa Clara. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
- Jud Cost, "John Tristao", http://www.sanjoserocks.org/i_johntristao.htm
- Source Citation: Birthdate: 9 Jan 1949; Birth County: Los Angeles. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
- The Best of People! 40 Year Anniversary Vol. 1 Songbook with Lyrics and Notes (2006)
- See 1974 concert poster at "Larry Norman", http://www.one-way.org/jesusmusic/norman.htm
- Source Citation: Birthdate: 6 Nov 1952; Birth County: Santa Barbara. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
- Source Citation: Birthdate: 23 May 1951; Birth County: San Francisco. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
- Larry Norman, e-mail to David Di Sabatino, (13 April 1999). See http://www.failedangle.com/site/sabbo/jmorgresponse1.pdf
- http://www.sanjoserocks.org/inductees.htm SAN JOSE ROCKS
- http://www.sanjoserocks.org/v2b.htm?vn=people_iloveyou1b.flv&vt=People%20-%20I%20Love%20You&ttime=260 "I Love You" VIDEO 2007
- http://www.celestialnavigations.com Celestial Navigations
- http://www.sorrelriver.com/ Sorrel River Ranch
- Guitar Showcase - Makin Music, the Show
- http://cdbaby.com/cd/tristao Big Hat, No Cattle
- http://cdbaby.com/cd/johnnybulldog feed the Need
- Johnny Bulldog op Myspace Music – Gratis gestreamde MP3’s, foto’s en Videoclips
- http://www.amdrumparts.com Riolo Custom Drums
- Bruce Thomas Eason
- Bruce Eason - IMDb
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- I Love You
- Both Sides Of People
- The Israel Tapes
- The Best Of People
- The Best Of People
Further reading 
- The Best of People! 40 Year Anniversary Vol. 1 Songbook with Lyrics and Notes (2006)
- The Best of People! 40 Year Anniversary Vol. 2 Songbook with Lyrics and Notes (2006)
- Larry Norman's official website
- John Riolo's Custom Drum Building Website
- Geoff Levin - Film and TV composer
- Collection of People! promo items
- John Tristao's biography at San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame website