Gunga Bio

David, 'Gunga Dave', started playing bass and guitar in a small town south of San Francisco in the early 60's. In the summer if '65' his band, The Bedouins, became friends with the Beau Brummels. It was that connection that lead the group to sign with Dunhill records and change thier name to the Grass Roots. While with the Grass Roots David performed on TV and in concert with other Dunhill artists such as the Mamma's and Papa's, Berry Mc Guire and PF Sloan. In 1965-67 the Grass Roots performed regularly in San Francisco at the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballrooms, in Los Angles at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go and Trip and on TV shows such as Ed Sullivan and Where The Action Is. In 1967 David and guitarist Denny Ellis left the group and released an album with San Francisco beat poet David Meltzer. The Serpent Power Album is one of the lost jems of the SF Summer of Love. Rolling Stone magazine voted the Serpent Power album one of the 40 essential albums of 1967. In 1971 David moved to Hood River, Oregon formed a band, Foothill Diesel, and was off and running in the NW music scene. David spent most of the 70's and 80's playing in the Portland area clubs with groups such as The Heavy Metal Thunder Band, The Street Corner Band and Streamliner with later Quarterflash guitarist Doug Fraser. A few of David's haunts were the Rock Creek Tavern, the White Eagle, Euphoria, The Earth, the Last Hurrah, Sacks, Zaks and the other side of the tracks bla, bla, bla. In the 90's to present David has picked up gigs with the likes of soul singer Ural Thomas, keyboardist Bonnie Lee Bluestone, guitarist Jesse Samsel, rock-a-billy artist Lonesome Rags, and The Working Stiffs. In 2011 David was approached by guitarists Doug Fraser and Pat O'Donnell to reform one of their bands from 1974-75. (Heavy Metal Thunder Band) David, Doug, Pat and drummer Steve Shroy will be preforming as Geezer. The band will play many of the tunes they preformed in the 70's. David's latest project is PLAN B with old friends Bonnie Lee Bluestone, Ray Davis and Jamie Eoff. You can click in the PLAN B banner for more info. David prefers the studio and developing material to clubs but it's hard not having a bunch guys you can gig with from time to time. Find more about David's latest projects by wandering through this site.
Later, GD

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