Frumious Bandersnatch

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Frumious Bandersnatch
OriginSan Francisco, California, U.S.
GenresPsychedelic rock
Years active1967–1969
Associated actsJourney
Past members

Frumious Bandersnatch was a psychedelic rock band in the late 1960s. The band was named after a character from the Lewis Carroll poem "Jabberwocky". Based in Berkeley, California,[1] the band was active from 1967 to 1969. Their initial three-song EP produced a minor underground hit[according to whom?] with the song "Hearts to Cry".[citation needed] A recording of their live work, titled A Young Man's Song, was released[when?] by Big Beat (UK).[2][better source needed]


The band was formed across the bay from San Francisco in Contra Costa County,[citation needed] and changed personnel several times.[citation needed] Despite interest from several record companies,[citation needed] and the band's only release was a three-song EP on their own label, pressed in a quantity of 1,000 and distributed locally.[1]

In 1967, the band played a benefit for the Canyon school near Berkeley,[citation needed] along with Country Joe and the Fish and the Youngbloods.

Four members of Frumious Bandersnatch (Bobby Winkelman, Jack King, Ross Valory, and David Denny) became regular members of the Steve Miller Band.[1] Valory, along with fellow Frumious Bandersnatch member George Tickner and manager Herbie Herbert, joined former Santana members Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie to form the band Journey in 1973.[1]



In popular culture[edit]

Frumious Bandersnatch, along with The Flamin' Groovies, are mentioned in Roger Hall's 1970 novel 19, which refers to them both as one band, "Frumious Bandersnatch and the Flamin' Groovies" (first edition, page 110).[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 206. ISBN 0-7535-0149-X.
  2. ^ Neil Daniels, Don't Stop Believin': The Untold Story Of Journey, ISBN 0857128213, 2012; "He was joined byguitarist David Denny, drummer Jack King and bassist Bobby Winkelman, all of whom would become members of the Steve Miller Band. In fact is it was Jim Nixon, the manager of Frumious Bandersnatch, who would introduce the band to many trips. ."

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