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Stephen Bishop

There are several prominent men named Stephen Bishop:

Stephen Bishop (cave explorer) 
an African American cave explorer in the 19th century.
Stephen Bishop (musician) 
a late-20th century American popular musician.
Stephen Bishop 
a concert pianist, now known as Stephen Kovacevich
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There are several prominent men named Stephen Bishop:. Guitar work has been handled by Andrew "Duck" MacDonald since that time. Last tour was a club tour of England in 2004. Original members Dickie Peterson and Paul Whaley re-located to Germany in early 90's where they still live. Last release was Live in Japan, 1999. Group still exists as of 2005.

After Leigh Stevens was replaced by Randy Holden, formerly of Los Angeles garage rock band The Other Half, in 1969, Blue Cheer's style changed to a more commercial hard rock sound a la Steppenwolf or Iron Butterfly. 1970 saw the release of Human Being and then 1971's Oh! Pleasant Hope. The group underwent several personnel changes after the 1968 release of Outsideinside, and then through yet more changes during and after 1969's New! Improved! Blue Cheer (different guitarists on side 1 and 2), followed by Blue Cheer. Julian Cope has written, "In 1968, nothing but nothing in America and Britain sounded as brutal as Blue Cheer except for the Velvet Underground." [1] (

The band has been subsequently acclaimed as an influence on garage rock, punk music, heavy metal, and grunge. The group's sound was hard to categorize, but was definitely blues-based, psychedelic, and very loud. (The single peaked at #14 on the Billboard pop charts, and the album peaked at #11.). Their first hit was a cover version of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" from their debut album Vincebus Eruptum (1968).

The band was named after a strain of LSD promoted by underground chemist and Grateful Dead backer Owsley Stanley; the drug had taken its name from a popular detergent. Original personnel were singer/bass guitarist Dick Peterson, guitarist Leigh Stevens and drummer Paul Whaley. Blue Cheer was a San Francisco based power trio of the late 1960s.

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