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Jerry McCann

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Framework, the Orfuns, the Tridents, Show of Hands (Formerly Anthrax), Nova, National Debt

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Singer/guitarist Jerry McCann formed his first teen band the Tridents in the early '60s, playing soul, R&B, and - later - surf music. He later co-founded the Orfuns, an early garage punk band.

The Chula Vista native was next in a shortlived band called National Debt, circa 1967, alongside former Iron Butterfly bassist Greg Willis, Rick Cutler (drums), and Jack Jacobsen (keys).

McCann and members of the Orfuns then joined with former players from the Centaurs to form a garage (and later psychedelic) rock group named Framework.

Managed by KB Artists (who also handled local contemporaries the Brain Police), the original five-piece version of Framework recorded two songs, “Iron Door” and “Funny Kind Of Sunshine,” that were only released via radio station acetates.

In late 1968, McCann and Spiron formed a new trio version of Framework with singer/bassist Terry Fann. Over the course of its short life, Framework opened for many touring headliners, including the Byrds, Poco, Santana, Frank Zappa, the Moody Blues, Steve Miller, and the Grateful Dead.

Framework released one vinyl single, a darkly psychedelic track called “The Direction.” Over thirty years later, Rockadelic Records collected enough unreleased material to release a compilation called Skeleton (2001) that included the original radio acetates and other rare recordings.

After Framework split, McCann moved to San Francisco in 1971 and regrouped with Rick Cutler (drums), and Jack Jacobsen (keys) from their shortlived '60s band National Debt to form a new jazz-fusion group called Anthrax. They recorded an album for Elektra, though the label renamed the band Show of Hands (Formerly Anthrax). The songwriting credit for their 1971 single “Stanley’s Theme” was credited to the whole band, though they broke up soon after its release.

Within a few years, McCann was back in San Diego playing with groups like Nova and his own Jerry McCann Band. His solo albums include All Lit Up Like the Moon, Blue Plate Special, and What It Is and What It Was.

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