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Canned Heat took blues-rock boogie to the top of the charts with their classic hits “On the Road Again,” “Let’s Work Together” and Woodstock-era anthem “Going Up the Country.” Colorfully nicknamed band members Bob “The Bear” Hite, Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, Henry “Sunflower” Vestine (succeeded by Harvey “The Snake” Mandel), Larry “The Mole” Taylor and Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra were blues historians and record collectors who quickly established Canned Heat’s credibility with blues purists and founding fathers in the late 1960s. But the band was equally embraced by young hippie audiences, appearing at the era’s major festivals including Woodstock and Monterey Pop. A key champion of the blues tradition and evolution, Canned Heat have had a lasting influence on everyone from blues-rockers ZZ Top to jam band Phish, while their original recordings continue to find new fans from frequent uses in TV commercials.

Did you know?

  • The band took their name from Tommy Johnson’s 1928 song “Canned Heat Blues”
  • Canned Heat’s music has been heard in television commercials for Geico, Miller Beer, Chevrolet, Target stores, Amazon, 7-Up, Levi’s and Heineken Beer
  • Band managers Skip Taylor and John Hartmann are responsible for the band member nicknames