Photo Courtesy of Alan Burns
Black Snake
AKA:  Black Snake Blues Band
Vancouver, British Columbia
Late 1960's - Early 1970's


George Chapelas ~ Bass
Joe Conroy ~ Guitar, Vocals
Ron Flatman ~ Drums
Ted Harrison ~ Drums
Norm MacPherson ~ Guitar
Pat McDonald ~ Guitar, Vocals
Shari Pandit ~ Keyboards

In Memory of

George Chapelas
Shari Pandit

Image Courtesy of Ron Graham

Their name evolved from "Black Snake Blues Band", and they were one of the premier groups in Vancouver in the late 1960s. They were often opening act to many visiting heavyweight bands, and gigged up and down the west coast of the US and well as western Canada. They were regulars at local hot spots like the Village Bistro, the Retinal Circus, and the Big Mother. They devistated the crowd at the Aldergrove Rock Festival just outside of Vancouver in 1969 with their twin guitar attack and a killer version of "Who Do You Love" (much different than Quicksilver's or Bo Diddley's versions).

Recording wise, Black Snake didn't do much. They are featured on two tracks on the Cool-Aid Benefit Album (1970) that featured one original, "The Reason", and one cover, "Catfish Blues", and there was talk of of an EP.

Roger Stomperud, February 2002

Poster courtesy of Alan Burns

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Last Update:  28 July 2015
Credits:  Glen Ryan, Roger Stomperud, Alan Burns, Cynthia Elefante, Ted Harrison, Steve Cartmell, Ron Graham

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