McKendree Spring is a progressive folk-rock band, active mainly in the early 1970s. The band consisted of Fran McKendree (vocals and guitar), their first bass player was Larry Tucker (shown in the picture) then Fred Holman took over bass, Dr. Michael Dreyfuss (electric violin, viola, Moog, Arp, Mellotron), Martin Slutsky (electric guitar). Christopher Bishop replaced Holman on bass as of the 1973 release Spring Suite. Some of their music ventured into avante-garde or experimental territory, such as "God Bless the Conspiracy" from their album 3, with its violin/viola/synthesizer solo by Dreyfuss.
Steve Anderson (bass and vocals) and Alan Stoker (drums and vocals) were added for the "Live at the Beachland" live performance recording and 2007 release. In addition, Dave Morrison (harmonica) also played on the live album.
In the summer of 2010, Christopher Bishop (bass and vocals) rejoined the group for the recording of 5 songs for "McKendree Spring: Recording No. 9". This recording also featured Alan Stoker (drums/percussion/vocals), Paul Hollowell (keys) and Fred Mollin (synth).
The band reunited for one final show at the legendary Douglas Corner club in Nashville, May 2013, which was video recorded and released in Dec. 2015 on DVD as McKendree Spring: Times Like These. Fran McKendree, Mike 'Doc' Dreyfuss, and Marty Slutsky, the three founding members of the band, are supported by bassist Chris Bishop, keyboardist Paul Hollowell [Dolly Parton], Nashville standouts Alan Stoker (drums and vocals) and Rock Williams on sax, along with harmony singing by Carol Anderson and Sharon Ferrara Slutsky.
According to the official site, Michael Dreyfuss died on September 25th, 2017.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed McKendree Spring among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1969, Died 1975
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1969 - 1972
Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 40 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||121107||3/6/1969||I should've known||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||121108||3/6/1969||I can't make it anymore||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||121109||3/6/1969||Spock||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||121110||3/6/1969||What will we do with the child||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||121111||3/6/1969||If I gave you everything||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||121112||3/6/1969||John Wesley Harding||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||121113||3/6/1969||No regrets||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||121114||3/6/1969||If the sun should rise||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||121115||3/6/1969||Now you say||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||121230||3/6/1969||Morning glory||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||122876||6/2/1970||Fire and rain||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||122877||6/2/1970||Susie, Susie||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||122878||6/2/1970||Friends die easy||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||122879||6/2/1970||Got no place to fall||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||122880||6/2/1970||Oh now my friend||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||122881||6/2/1970||Cairo hotel||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||122882||6/2/1970||Because it's time||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||122883||6/2/1970||'Lani||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||122884||6/2/1970||For what was gained||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||123201||11/9/1970||Because it's time||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||123202||11/9/1970||Oh, now my friend||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||123802||1/10/1972||Down by the river||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||123803||1/10/1972||Fading lady||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||123804||1/10/1972||Flying Dutchman||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
|Decca||123805||1/10/1972||Heart is like a wheel||McKendree Spring||Musical group|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McKendree Spring," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108054.
McKendree Spring. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108054.
"McKendree Spring." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.
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