Late in 1973, the same guitarist gives me a call and tells
me about a group he is forming and would like me to join.
I am not sure who came up with the name, but it did not exactly fit the image. We were mostly a contemporary light rock group with oldies thrown in. The lead vocalist had a very throaty, powerful voice and she enjoyed singing a lot of old R & B tunes like "Respect" (Aretha Franklin), "Baby Love" (The Supremes) and "Let's Get It On" (Marvin Gaye). Audiences loved her.
By the fall of 1974, the female vocalist was having trouble with her voice and there were nights she could not sing at all. We would use substitute vocalists, often with no time to prepare, to get through gigs. This hurt the group since the material was mostly arranged around her vocals. "Livestock" broke up late in October of 1974.
After "Livestock", I started from scratch putting a band together. I took my time, auditioning and interviewing musicians extensively. I was determined not to be changing band members every few months. I watched different groups perform around the city, talking to as many of them as I could, asking about guitar players, bass players and drummers. I wanted people that could sing well and play an instrument. I also wanted people that were willing to rehearse until the material was learned thoroughly and the overall sound was right. This would take some time.