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    (circa 1, 1967-circa 1, 1997)
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    Members (original lineup): Jay Ferguson (vocals), Ed Cassidy (drums), Randy California (guitar) Mark Andes (bass) and John Locke (keyboards)
    Recorded the albums 'Spirit,' 'The Family that Plays Together,' 'Clear,' 'The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus,' 'Feedback,' 'Spirit of '76,' 'Son of Spirit,' and 'Future Games'
    Recorded the songs 'Nature's Way,' 'I Got a Line on You,' 'Taurus,' 'Fresh Garbage,' 'Mr. Skin,' 'Jewish,' 'Poor Richard,' 'Dark Eyed Woman,' and 'Mr. Skin'
    Randy California got into a scrape with Neil Young in the mid-1970s when Young tried to join the band onstage.
    California also kept leaving and rejoining the band.
    Their album 'Spirit of '76' actually came out in 1975.
    Their manager prevented them from playing Woodstock.
    One latter-day member, Stu Perry, is best known for a small role in 'The Poseidon Adventure,' where he's crushed to death by a grand piano.
    They were acclaimed for their fusion of rock, jazz, psychedelia, and folk.
    They had a Top 40 hit with 'I Got a Line on You.'
    Ed Cassidy, the drummer, was in his forties when the band formed (who says you can't trust anyone over 30?).
    Cassidy was also California's stepfather, and he was nicknamed Mr. Skin because he was bald and always wore black.
    Led Zeppelin's intro for 'Stairway to Heaven' sounds an awful lot like 'Taurus.' (California notes that Zeppelin opened for Spirit on their first US tour and covered 'Fresh Garbage.')
    Cassidy played in a band called Rising Sons with Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal.
    Randy California died in 1997 while rescuing his son from a rip current in Hawaii.
    John Locke died of cancer in 2003.

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