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Ramatam was a 1970s rock band featuring Mike Pinera on guitar and vocals, April Lawton on lead guitar, and, for a short time, Mitch Mitchell on drums.

Ramatam was notable for having Lawton, a female lead guitarist. Tom Dowd produced their self-titled debut album in 1972. Pinera was known for his work with Blues Image ("Ride Captain Ride") and later Iron Butterfly. Mitchell joined the band while away from the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The group also included some former members of Janis Joplin's Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Mitchell's departure came before the band released its second and final album, In April Came the Dawning of the Red Suns (1973). Pinera left the band after claiming Lawton, who wanted both Pinera and Mitchell out, wanted to turn Ramatam into the April Lawton Band.[1] Pinera and Mitchell departed from the band at that point, leaving the focus entirely on Lawton. The remaining band fractured under the pressure of life on the road and broke up in 1974.


  • Ramatam (Atlantic Records, 1972) U.S. #182[2]
  • In April Came the Dawning of the Red Suns (Atlantic, 1973)


  1. ^ Rescenitti, Angelo; Delaware, Kevin (1973). "Mike Pinera: A Journey Through Rock". Silver Sands 13. Broward Community College. p. 28. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Ramatam > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 December 2009.

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