Mountain – Mississippi Queen

Written by on July 2, 2018

On July 2, 1969, Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi announced that they were starting a band called “Mountain”. The group also included drummer N.D. Smart and keyboardist Landsberg. Keyboardist Steve Knight, was added after Landsberg left to form another group.

The band started playing shows on the West Coast before getting to play their fourth concert as a working band at Woodstock. Mountain was received enthusiastically by the festival audience but the band did not appear in the film of the event, nor was their performance included on volume 1 of the festival’s live album. Their performances of “Blood of the Sun” (from West’s album) and “Theme for an Imaginary Western” (a song they planned to record for Climbing and co-written by former Cream bassist Jack Bruce) did appear on the second volume of Woodstock performances. The 40th Anniversary Edition of Woodstock on DVD and Blu-ray features filmed performances of Beside The Sea and Southbound Train.

Soon after Woodstock, Smart was replaced by Corky Laing, who was the drummer on the classic Mountain LP “Climbing!,” which was released in March 1970. It led off with what became the band’s signature song, “Mississippi Queen”, which reached #21 in the Billboard Hot 100, and was featured in the 1971 cult film Vanishing Point.

We feel we would be remiss if we didn’t include a little cowbell in this post.

Happy 49th Birthday to “Mountain”!!!

w/ Leslie West Mountain,

Mountain – Mississippi

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