Gary Lee Yoder


1970-1972 Blue Cheer - guitars, vocals, harp, harmonica  

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Gary Lee Yoder is a musician who was part of several 1960s San Francisco psychedelic rock bands, including Kak, Oxford Circle, and Blue Cheer.

Oxford Circle (formed in 1966) and Kak (formed in 1968) were both formed in Yoder's hometown of Davis, California, and featured the same nucleus of members. While Oxford Circle frequently shared the stage with greats such as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin, they did not achieve the same level of fame and never got a record deal. In 1997, a live album, Live at the Avalon 1966 was released. It made #6 on Record Collector's list of Top 50 reissues of 1997, ahead of reissues of Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, and Santana, and also received a favorable review in Mojo.

Kak would release only one record in 1969, entitled Kak, which has become a collector's item. It was reissued in 1999 as Kak-ola by Big Beat Records, which additionally contained unreleased solo work by Yoder.

Yoder continues to perform occasionally.

(Source: Wikipedia)