Resurrection first CD released by Pendragon, one of the best Rock and roll bands that never made it, was issued at the bands first reunion since the band broke up in 1978 when the lease to their recording studio in Palo Alto California was bought out by a new owner who tore down the building Uther Pendragon & Company, Incorporated, better know as UPCO was at 650 Urban Lane, across from Stanford University, and next to the Holiday Inn at University Ave and El Camino.
This was the first recording released by the rock band who worked central California for thirteen years, and is a miracle of modern technology, and dumb luck. The songs on the two disks span the years 1968-1978, and represent the band under earlier names. Blue Fever, Timne, Kodiak, JustUs, Mandala, and Pendagon
were all names the band went by between 1965 and 1978, but their originals stayed the same during those years and the ones we recorded numbered 45 Originals and 40 Cover tunes that the band cut their teeth on to develop their own style.
The Lost Tapes found by Bruce Marelich while he was looking for the lost Scrapbooks for pictures to use on this page, started it out, Newsletter 2, and along with those copyright tapes there were also close to one hundred tapes that we recorded over the years as we played and practiced.
Nineteen songs were used on these first two recordings: Spanish
Fly, Troubles, Devils Due, You're a Human Now, Whisky Is A Sin, Ten Miles To Freedom, ------, were the first songs included. The material was not useable as is, which meant Bruce Marelich, and Craig Pedersen, who produced and engineered the songs, spent hundreds of hours going through the tapes and then re-editing and mixing it again.
Resurrection Disk 1
Pendragon Played for around nine hours both Friday and Saturday, plus some Sunday, and they had several people who sat in, Top leftto right: Martin Espinosa, base, Bruce Marelich, Lead, Mark Lightcap, guitar
Bottom Left:Martin Espinosa, bass, Mark Lightcap guitar and organ, Bruce Marelich, guitar
Additional Photo's of the Pendragon Reunion in June.
The second annual Uther Pendragon Reunion at the Marelich Ranch in Palo Cedro, California was dominated by cool wet weather but the bulk The bands loyalists enjoyed the weekend event anyway..
Friday night, there was a cocktail party that was attended by several people who had not been seen for many years, among them Chuck Ferron and his wife Sharon from the Portland Oregon area, Michael Rymer, from the Bay Area, Paul Giovanetti, a long time friend and some time roady etc. and Martin's sister Annita was there a short time with her husband, they came in from Chicago. Paula (Espinosa) Pierotti was accompanied by her husband Larry this year.and my daughter DanaPedersen came down from Salem Oregon for five days.
Martin and AmyEspinosa arrived late Thursday night because their plane was held for repairs for hours then when they finally got to the west coast, the airline had lost their luggage.
Derek French, the drummer when the band was called Blue Fever, could not attend because he had an operation on his inner ear. at that time. He is still recuperating
Fayden Holmboe, former lead singer and guitarist when the group was "Blue Fever" then "Timne" could not attend this year but stated his desire to attend the next reunion.
Al Mallemo, long time friend of the band (1968) could not attend but stated his hope to be kept on the band mailing list.
Ruben Diaz, long time friend of Myself and my brother Scott could not attend because his son lost a leg in a boating accident just before the reunion.
Walter Klemm, Long time friend of the band and my brother and I couldn't attend because of work conflicts..
Bob Edwards, long time friend and former member of The Vejtables couldn't make it because he had a job he had to finish and couldn't get it done in time.
Bobby "Bogus" Foster, a very long time friend who had to go to a fathers day event or his sisters would put hole in the wall in anger at him.
Bill Evans and Joe Geppi formerly of Something Wild couldn't make it .
We Missed You Here This Year
Hope To See You At Next Reunion
Country Review.com has listed our own Mark Lightcap in their Country Songwriters section. I you would like to see it go to CountryReview.com
As you may know, Mark has sold Several songs. "Love Is Coming With It's Headlights On" aired on two episodes of the sitcom "Sister Sister." "Low Tech Love" aired on a Nickelodeon movie of the week. Both ASCAP. "Low Tech Love" also ended up on the cutting room floor when the John Lennon Special aired.
It was also recently announce by American Songwriter that Mark took fourth place in the Lyric writing contest with his song "Pop"