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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 09:25:24am
In reply to: Died either the 28th of January or the 27th. 's message, "Paul Whaley, drummer for Blue cheer has passed away" on Monday, January 28, 02:00:37pm

Paul Whaley, drummer who invented heavy metal with Blue Cheer, dies at 72

By Aidin Vaziri January 29, 2019 Updated: January 30, 2019, 9:04 am, San Francisco Chronicle

Paul Whaley, whose thrashing drum sounds lifted the San Francisco blues rock trio Blue Cheer out of the psychedelic rock haze and into the realm of proto-heavy-metal, died Monday, Jan. 28, at his home in Regensburg, Germany. He was 72.

With Whaley on board, Blue Cheer — named after the band members’ favorite strain of LSD — quickly set itself apart from the peace and love affectations of groups like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane with its sheer volume.

Managed by Allan “Gut” Terk, who rode with the Hells Angels, the group scored a hit with its riotous take on Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues,” which reached No. 14 on the Billboard charts and made them immediate outcasts on the local scene.

“Blue Cheer were very radical in their musical style,” Albronda said. “Most other San Francisco bands at the time were not fond of them due to their meteoric rise to fame.”

The cause was heart failure, said Eric Albronda, the band’s co-founder and former manager.

Whaley was part of the core power trio of Blue Cheer, the loudest band to come out of of the Summer of Love era. He completed a lineup that featured singer and bass player Dickie Peterson and guitarist Leigh Stevens in 1967, coming into the fold a year after the group formed in the city’s Haight-Ashbury district with Albronda as its original drummer.

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Why post only certain parts rather than the entire obit?Full obit textWednesday, January 30, 09:38:14am

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