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BeBe K'Roche is an American all woman electric rock band with Olivia Records. They are the first all woman band with the label which is the first woman-owned women's music label. Olivia was known to be most successful with acoustic solo acts, and at that time the decision to record an electric rock band was somewhat controversial.
Founding members: Pamela "Tiik" Pollet, Peggy Mitchell, Jake Lambert, Virginia Rubino
Occasional members: Pat Ramseyer, Matu Feliciano, Sandi Adjida, Cyndy Mason
Personal manager: Kim Johnson
Road manager: Gioia Siciiano
Recording/Record tour members: Peggy Mitchell, Jake Lampert, Virginia Rubino, Matu Feliciano, Jerene O'Brien, Jasmin Telfair, Linda Tillery
BeBe K' Roche was founded in 1973 by electric guitarist/singer-songwriter Tiik Pollet in Berkeley, California, while playing in a duo with bassist Peggy Mitchell. Mitchell also played regularly with Bay area jazz pianist David Alexander. Pollet, a rocker who put her feminist politics into her music, sought kindred women rockers and found drummer/singer-songwriter Jake Lampert, who was the original drummer for the Berkeley Women's Music Collective. They were later joined by pianist/singer-songwriter Virginia Rubino, who had played with Tiik in the Venice Beach-based women's band, Lizzie Tisch, and recorded with the all women's band, High Risk.
The name BeBe K'Roche was created by Pollet, inspired by the sight of a baby cockroach in a cup of coffee and an attempt to lessen the impact by making it sound exotically French.
Be Be K' Roche toured the west coast playing the San Diego Women's Music Festival, the Santa Cruz Women's Music Festival and many venues from Hollywood to Seattle. BeBe K' Roche recorded a demo tape at Blue Bear Recording in the Bay Area and later went to vinyl with Olivia Records.
Although the band officially broke up because of internal conflicts before completing the Olivia recording, in an effort to complete the recording, they regrouped, wrote new songs, and added Jerene O'Brien on electric guitar.
- BeBe K'Roche (Olivia Records, 1976)
Song Titles and writing credits: Hoodoo'd (Virginia Rubino), Gotta Make Something Of My Life (Rubino and Gwen Avery), Understand (Rubino), Kahlua Mama (Rubino and Gioia Siciliano), Strong and Free (Janet Lampert and Jone Gelfand), I Got The Rhythm (Rubino), Smile (Rubino), Alone (Rubino)
- "Musica Issue #4" (PDF). Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (2.88 MB)
- Tiik Pollet quote
- Musica Issue #6