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AFTER THE SWEETARTS -
FAST COTTON

fast cotton 1970A weightier, more adventurous version of the Sweetarts, Fast Cotton was a short-lived (1969 - 70) result of the cultural and musical explosion following the Summer of Love (1967) that ushered a new era into almost every facet of American society.

Original Sweetarts members Tom Van Zandt (keyboards), Dwight Dow (drums), Pat Whitefield (bass), and Ernie Gammage (vocals) added guitarist Johnny Richardson, saxophonist Cato Walker and vocalist Misty Browning to form a unit with a fat, far-reaching sound. Later in its brief evolution, bassist Danny Galindo replaced Whitefield. The same year the Sweetarts released "Picture of Me", Galindo had recorded "Easter Everywhere" with the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. Eschewing the Top Forty of the day, the band's material focused on album cuts from artists like The Band, Van Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone and Traffic. These and other influences showed up in their original material.

Fast Cotton cut five songs for Bill Josey's Sonobeat Records in 1970, but the band dissolved before they could be released.

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