People!

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People!
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People! 1968 Back Row: (l to r) Robb Levin, Denny Fridkin, Al Ribisi, Geoff Levin; Front Row: Gene Mason and Larry Norman
Background information
Origin San Jose, California
Genres psychedelic rock
Years active 1965–1971, 1974, 2006–2007
Past members Robb Levin
Geoff Levin
Albert Ribisi
John Riolo
David Anderson
Larry Norman
Gene Mason
Denny Fridkin
Tom Tucker
Scott Eason
John Tristao
Steve Boatwright
Rob Thomas

People! was a one-hit wonder rock band that was formed in San Jose, California in 1965. Their greatest chart success came with their summer hit single "I Love You". The song, written by The Zombies bass guitarist and songwriter Chris White, rose to number one in Japan (twice), Israel, Australia, Italy, South Africa, and the Philippines, and peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1968. At various times, band members have included Robb Levin, Geoff Levin, Albert Ribisi, John Riolo, David Anderson, Larry Norman, Gene Mason, Denny Fridkin, Tom Tucker, Bruce Thomas Eason (as Scott Eason), John Tristao, Steve Boatwright, and Rob Thomas. On October 19, 2007, People! was inducted into the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame.[1][2][3][4]

Scientology connection[edit]

After all of the band members except lead singers Norman and Mason embraced Scientology, Norman claimed other members of the band issued the ultimatum: Join Scientology or leave the band. Norman and Mason both refused.[1][2][5] Some band members indicate that Norman was asked to leave the band because he was seen as a "Suppressive Person".[6] Norman claimed that he was harassed by other members of Scientology.[7]

Discography[edit]

People! at installation into San Jose Rocks! Hall of Fame in 2007

Singles (45 rpm)[edit]

Title (A Side/B Side) (Label Number) Year

  • "Organ Grinder"/"Riding High" (Capitol 5920) 1967[8]
  • "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)

Albums[edit]

  • I Love You (1968) (Capitol ST-2924) CD Re-Release (1994) (Capitol CDP-29797)
  • Both Sides of People (1969) (Capitol ST-151)
  • There Are People and There Are People (1970) (Paramount PAS-5013)
  • Larry Norman and People! - The Israel Tapes 1974 A.D. (1980)
  • Best of People Vol. 1 - 40 Year Anniversary (2006) (Solid Rock CD-SRP-001)
  • Best of People Vol. 2 - 40 Year Anniversary (2006) (Solid Rock CD-SRP-002)
  • People! The Reunion Concert 2006 (2007) (Solid Rock)
  • I Love You Korea (2007) (Solid Rock ILY-001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Harris, Ron. "Split over Scientology, 60s band 'People' reunites for one night". The Salinas Californian. 
  2. ^ a b Ron Harris, ""Split over Scientology, '60s band 'People' Reunites for One Night", AP, via The Salinas Californian, (October 22, 2007), http://www.religionnewsblog.com/19712/people
  3. ^ "San Jose Rocks". San Jose Rocks. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ ""I Love You" VIDEO 2007". Sanjoserocks.org. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ Denny Fridkin, in Tony Cumming, "People!: Drummer and songwriter Denny Fridkin recounts his life in music", (26 August 2007), [1] People Drummer recounts his life in music
  6. ^ Failed Angle - People![dead link]
  7. ^ Larry Norman, letter to Joe Norman, http://www.failedangle.com/site/people/DadLetter.pdf[dead link]
  8. ^ "ILY Singles". Meetjesushere.com. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 

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