Frumious Bandersnatch

Frumious Bandersnatch
Origin San Francisco, California, U.S.
Genres psychedelic rock
Years active 1967–1969
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Journey
Past members

Frumious Bandersnatch was a psychedelic rock band in the late 1960s. The band was named after a character from the Lewis Carroll poem "Jabberwocky". Based out of San Francisco, California, the band was active from 1967 to 1969. Their initial three-song EP produced a minor underground hit with the song "Hearts to Cry". A recording of their live work, titled A Young Man's Song, was released on the Big Beat label.[1]


The band was formed across the bay from San Francisco in Contra Costa County, and changed personnel several times in their brief lifespan (1967–69). Interest from several record companies came to naught, and the band's only release was a three-song EP on their own label, pressed in a quantity of 1000 and distributed locally.

In 1967 the band played a benefit for the Canyon school near Berkeley along with Country Joe and the Fish and the Youngbloods.

Four members of Frumious Bandersnatch (Bobby Winkelman, Jack King, Ross Valory, and David Denny) became regular members of the Steve Miller Band. Valory, along with fellow Frumious Bandersnatch member George Tickner and manager Herbie Herbert joined former Santana members Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie to form the band Journey in 1973.

Notable members


In popular culture

The Frumious Bandersnatch is also the title of a 2003 police procedural novel by Ed McBain, one of the last in his 87th Precinct series of detective crime fiction.

Frumious Bandersnatch, along with the band The Flamin' Groovies, are mentioned in Roger Hall's 1970 novel 19, which refers to them both as one band, "Frumious Bandersnatch and the Flamin' Groovies" (first edition, page 110).


  1. Neil Daniels Don't Stop Believin': The Untold Story Of Journey-0857128213 2012 "He was joined byguitarist David Denny, drummer Jack King and bassist Bobby Winkelman, all of whom would become members of the Steve Miller Band. In factit was Jim Nixon, the manager of Frumious Bandersnatch, who would introduce the ."
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/16/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.