Canned Heat, Don’t Forget To Boogie

Canned Heat played a definitive role in establishing the blues with sixties generation music fans. They cemented their role as blues foundation artists delineating the sounds known as blues-rock and boogie.  Members of Canned Heat were serious blues music collectors who remained true to the principles of the blues through their music.

The video sequence of Canned Heat from Monterey Pop in 1967 shows the band getting down in earnest pleasing the afternoon crowd with the Muddy Waters classic, “Rollin’ and Tumblin'”. Take special note of Larry “The Mole” Taylor on bass, dual guitarists Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson and Henry Vestine, with Bob “The Bear” Hite onvocals.

Many people are familiar with Canned Heat’s headlining role at Woodstock and how their song “Going Up The Country” is considered the unofficial theme song  for Woodstock, the movie.

This is my favorite video of Canned Heat at Woodstock. Bob “The Bear” Hite epitomized the festival of peace and music by allowing this fan to hang on stage with him, even after he took a cigarette from his t-shirt pocket 😉

I was lucky to see Canned Heat on August 14th, 2009 during the Heroes of Woodstock Tour at Foxwoods. You hope in your heart that they will be able to rekindle the classic sound you had grown up with live. When Country Joe McDonald asked us, “Are you ready to boogie with Canned Heat?”, we was as was Canned Heat that night. It was just like yesterday but even better.


3 Replies to “Canned Heat, Don’t Forget To Boogie”

  1. Thanks for this wonderful blog post dedicated to Canned Heat. I hope you won’t mind if I share it in a music forum I admin. I am also looking forward to exploring the rest of your blog.

    I’d like to invite you to a new site dedicated to the late Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, singer of “Going Up the Country”. It was created by his family and I’ve been honored to make some contributions to it. There are a lot of rare photos, music resources, and links to other performances you might enjoy.

    Thanks again for remembering Canned Heat and this wonderful era of music.


    1. Rebecca,

      Thank you for your auspicious comment. Please share the Canned Heat post with your community. I’m honored that you wish to do so.

      I would love to know more about Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson. I’ve respected his guitar playing for decades. Please let me know the URL for that Web site.

      You are most welcome.



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