Victor Hayden RIP

Victor Hayden RIP

“That’s right, The Mascara Snake!” The Radar Station was saddened to hear that Victor Hayden (aka The Mascara Snake) had died on 7th December 2018. HisRead More

John French @ Threadgills 2017: Review

John French @ Threadgills 2017: Review

Around July 2017 John French was invited to take part in the Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta in October to celebrate the music of Captain Beefheart withRead More

Interview with Jerry Handley

Interview with Jerry Handley

Back in 1964 when Alex Snouffer was looking to start up the band that would ultimately become Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band the first personRead More

They also played…

A number of musicians have played on various Beefheart albums but have not necessarily been members of the Magic Band. They have been session players broughtRead More

Robert Williams aka Wait For Me

Robert was still in high school when he first met Don and became his roadie for a week in Boston during the Tragic Band days. AtRead More

Denny Walley aka Feelers Reebo, Walla Walla

Denny Walley was born in Pennsylvania and lived for a time in New York before his family moved him to Lancaster when he was about 12Read More

Art Tripp aka Ed Marimba, Ted Cactus

Arthur Dyer Tripp III grew up in Pittsburgh, he was a drum major at Mt Lebanon High School and in 1962 became percussionist for the CincinnatiRead More

Michael Traylor

Michael Traylor

Michael took on the daunting task of drumming for the Magic Band reunion tours when Robert Williams was unable to carry on playing with them. ThisRead More

Magic Band reunion – interview with Michael Traylor

As a Florida teenager from the swamps Michael Traylor played in the rock group “Purple Passion” which released two “regionally popular” singles on Atlanta’s Vevour labelRead More

The Tragic Band

Fuzzy Fuscaldo – guitar Ty Grimes – drums Dean Smith – guitar Michael ‘Bucky’ Smotherman – keyboards; vocals Del Simmons – saxophone; flute Paul Uhrig –Read More

Moris Tepper

Moris met Don sometime in 1974 when he was still an art student. He was asked to join the Magic Band on guitar in 1976 andRead More

Rick Snyder aka Midnite Hatsize

Turned onto Don’s music by his friend and long time bandmate, Ace Farren Ford, Rick became a devoted fan and doggedly learned to play these intricateRead More

Alex Snouffer aka Alex St Claire, Alex ‘Pyjama’ St Claire

Alex was a fine slide, lead and rhythm guitarist. He could also play drums and trumpet. In the mid to late 1950s he hung out withRead More

Alex Snouffer 1941 – 2006

Alex Snouffer 1941 – 2006

It was with great sadness that I heard Alex had died from a massive heart attack. He was 64. One of the original Magic Band guitarists,Read More

Rising Sons

Rising Sons

Rising Sons were a band that included Ry Cooder, Gary Marker, Taj Mahal, Kevin Kelley and Jesse Lee Kincaid. Their various 1964-66 recordings for CBS wereRead More

Richard Redus

Richard Redus, known as Rick, was friends with Eric Drew Feldman and Jeff Moris Tepper in Portola Junior High in Tarzana, CA and Taft High SchoolRead More


MU was a band formed by Jeff Cotton (aka Antennae Jimmy Semens) after he left the Magic Band in 1969. Cotton hooked up with friends MerrellRead More

Denny King & The B.O. Boogie Band

Denny King was yet another Lancaster based musician. This album of blues and boogie (which is well worth searching out) includes ex Magic Band members AlexRead More

Merrell & The Exiles

This was Jeff Cotton’s first band which he put together when he was only 14 with Merrell Fankhauser, who’d had several surf hits with The Impacts,Read More

Gerry McGee

Gerry McGee

Often mis-spelt as Jerry, his first name is Gerald, so Gerry would the correct form. Only in the band for a matter of months Gerry McGeeRead More

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