When artist manager-turned-media mogul David Geffen started his first Los Angeles-based record label Asylum Records, his first signing was Jackson Browne and his third deal was with the Eagles. Who was Geffen’s second signing? Hometown heroes Jo Jo Gunne, half of whom including singer/songwriter/pianist Jay Ferguson and bass player Mark Andes had just exited the popular West Coast band Spirit after their most successful and critically lauded album The Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus ( that’s Jay Ferguson singing on his composition “Mr Skin” ) in 1970.
(Below L-R guitarist Matt Andes, drummer Curly Smith, lead singer/piano player Jay Ferguson, bass player Mark Andes )
In this classic rock interview Jay reveals all kinds of influences when he told me, “If Sly and the Family Stone and Little Feat had a love child, it would have been Jo Jo Gunne!” Here In the Studio Jay tells the innocent tale of “Run Run Run”,”Shake That Fat”,”Babylon”,” 99 Days”,”Barstow Blue Eyes“, plus “Take Me Down Easy”,”Ready Freddy“, and”Take It Easy” from the 1973 Bite Down Hard . –Redbeard