This Fort Worth, Texas band absolutely rocked as big as any other band that came out of the early 70s and lead singer Jim Rutledge had an awesome set of pipes.
DOA got them the most notoriety but this one was still always one of my favorites. They toured and opened for many more well known groups of that era.
It’s too bad this band only produced three albums. Hookah was their own label and that was the problem. With anything no major label to market you, no money and then were left out cold. In reality they had poor management and it cost them a big career.
But cold was anything but this band was. This Texas-based underground band that had formed in the late 60s smoked. The blazed their way through the south and did make a big enough impression to be the opening acts to some very big names. Sadly they just wouldn’t become one of them. Not for lack of talent that’s for certain.
1969 “Get Off My Case”. “Dead Man” 70′ was their second and they would only produce one more their third, “Josefus” 70′ before disbanding for good.
Written by all four members of the band.
Released off their first and self titled album in 1973.
Sammy Hagar – lead vocals
Ronnie Montrose – guitar
Bill Church – bass
Denny Carmassi – drums
Along with “Rock Candy”, I liked “Make it Last” as equally from this debut album. In fact I didn’t think anything that followed matched these works. But only my opinion.