Mountain played Woodstock and was an important band through the early part of the 1970s. The centers of attention were guitarist Leslie West and bassist Felix Pappalardi, who came to the band via Cream. Check out a podcast.
Mountain is one of the most fondly remembered bands of the rock era. The group had a direct link Cream through bass player Felix Pappalardi, who played with and was a producer for the iconic band. Check out a podcast I made last week discussing the great and underrated band.
It’s been a long road. Pappalardi was killed by his wife in 1983 and West lost part of a leg to diabetes, though his career continues.
Here are some interesting stories on Mountain:
Leslie West Says Drugs, Bandmates Wife Led to Fall of MountainFelix Pappalardi, Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Steve Hoffman Forums: Felix Pappalardi
Remember When Leslie West Nearly Joined Lynyrd Skynyrd? We Do, And Our Minds Are Still Blown
Felix Pappalardi Meets a Tragic End