Blues Image was a critically acclaimed late 1960s rock band.
The band was formed in Tampa, Florida in 1966 and moved to Miami in 1968. As 'Thee Image'. Blues Image became the house band at a South Miami club, which featured bands like the Grateful Dead, Cream, and Blood, Sweat and Tears.
The band then moved to Los Angeles and signed with Atco Records, releasing their self-titled debut album in February 1969.
BLUES IMAGE - lay your sweet love on me
Blues Image - "Do you have something to say"
Blues Image -- "Reality does not inspire".
Their second album, Open (April 1970), included the popular hit "Ride Captain Ride". This album sold over one million copies earning the band a gold record.
Mike Pinera's wife Valerie comments on the origin of the song:
"Ride Captain is a story from his (Mike Pinera) imagination. I know when he was in the studio recording that album, they needed another song and he wrote it on the spot. He came up with 73 from the keyboard having 73 keys. A lot of people say it relates to a few different stories."
BLUES IMAGE - pay my dues
Pinera left the band and was replaced by singer Denny Correll and guitarist Kent Henry. The band later broke up but did release a third album, Red White & Blues Image in May 1970.
Blues Image was a well-respected band among their peers. In an interview conducted by British magazine Melody Maker, Jimi Hendrix said that Blues Image was "one of the best up and coming bands around". Shortly before Hendrix's demise, Hendrix and Manny Bertematti were seen jamming at the popular underground club, 'The Experience' on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip.
The group was started by singer-guitarist Mike Pinera, singer-drummer Manuel "Manny" Bertematti, singer-percussionist Joe Lala, keyboardist Emilio Garcia, and bassist Malcolm Jones. They were later joined by keyboardist Frank "Skip" Konte when Emilio Garcia left the band to become a pilot.
Below is a summary of what the various members went on to do after Blues Image broke up.