|Dave King & Asgard
King & Asgard was a 1970's pop rock group.
Dave King & Asgard's musical repertoire ranged from covers of Dylan,
Grateful Dead, Jackson Browne, Dave Mason, Hot Tuna, the Eagles, and others,
through rock and blues jam sessions including original compositions by
Dave King. There were a number of 8-track tape and 2-track audio cassette
recordings, a few that have recently turned up and been digitized for
inclusion on this site but
most were lost forever.
Most famous for their impromptu and extended jam sessions, DK&A also recorded a number of
albums but only four and a half have survived the 70s-
Ode to The
Lonesome Cowboy featuring Dave King (studio album )
Lady- DK&A Unhinged (studio album)
Dave King &
Asgard- Live!!! (live album)
Dave King &
Asgard- Live at Haavahd (live album)
Dave King -
Playin' With Myself (extended jam tapes)
Dave King -
Wired (wire recordings from 1960)
DK&A only played a few professional
gigs, often having to renegotiate their fees after their performance.
It may have been for this reason that the vast majority of their performances were free.
They were open to anyone who
hadn't already left and wanted to join in the music. Although never receiving the critical
accolades enjoyed by other bands of the day, Dave King was immensely popular
with his fans; which critics attributed to the fact that "most of
his fans join him onstage, grab instruments, and start playing. The
rest are too drugged to notice how horrible the music is!" (Steve
King credits major influences on his music at the time were Dave Mason,
Freddie King, Grand Funk Railroad, and Norse Mythology (all of whom have a class action suit still pending
against Dave King for defamation and public humiliation, including Odin,
King of the Aesir). Dave's first performance was captured on a wire
recording from 1960, shortly after he completed his speech therapy; his
final exam being the correct pronunciation of his speech teacher's name -
Mrs. Ellenbogen. Like many musicians, Dave began by studying classical
music; playing first trumpet for the Parkman Junior High Orchestra.
His trumpet solo on Autumn Leaves at the 1967 Spring PTA Jubilee reportedly had his mother in tears
(although opinions as to why differ- pride or embarrassment). Dave
gave up trumpet, and turned to the guitar, being entirely self-taught, which
was blatantly obvious according to most critics.
His refusal to take music lessons or instruction were credited (blamed?) for
his unique style and sound, something Dave, inexplicably, accepted as a compliment.
Asgard had a dynamic membership
including, at various times, the following members (along with countless
others through the years):
Dave King- Rhythm Guitar, Lost Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Producer, Recording
Wynn Sherman, (Biff)- Rhythm Guitar, vocals
(Lofaas, aka Calypso)- Rhythm
Guitar, Lead Guitar, Percussion
Jeff Sherman (Jefe)-
Vocals, Harmonica, Percussion, Tambourine
(RoHaas, aka Haas)- Vocals, Harmonica, Helms Doughnuts
Dickie DeSantis- Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Wittow, (Angelo Fiat)- Percussion, Style
(the Screamer)- Screaming
Randy Cantor- Percussion, Vocals
Rosenberg- Percussion, Vocals
Carlan Yates, (the Loin, aka the Oak or Okie)- Harmonica
Shea, (T. Willie)- Rhythm Guitar
Williamson- Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, and vocals
Pete Durgerian- Harmonica
Marv Wheat- Rhythm Guitar
(Don)- Groupie, President of both the Dave King & Asgard fan club and Grand Funk Railroad
Fan Club (Woodland Hills chapter)
Cindy Mann- Confidant
Mel Sherman (Lomo Kiero)- Interruptions
played Yamaki 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars in addition to his $11 1969 6-string
electric St. George that he retrofitted with a $60 Gibson Humbucker pickup.
His favorite guitar was his Yamaha 6-string electric, picked up while on
tour in Japan. It was fitted with one of the first wireless transmitters
ever seen in the US and, in fact, many music historians credit Dave King
with bringing about wireless live performance.
Rob Gershon, Rolling Stone music critic, was rumored to have said,
only way I'd ever go to a Dave King and Asgard concert is if
they played without wires or electric guitar cables!"
Dave King's recording technique was unique;
inspired by both the 1971 NASA Project Cyclops (the 1,500 array of radio
telescopes to search for extra-terrestrial intelligence) as well as animal
experiments in which a chimpanzee or elephant were given a paint brush and
canvas and then left to create art. Dave King would simply bring out some
instruments, call some friends, start recording, and see what happened.
The idea was that he too, would create art. Opinions still
differ greatly as to whether or not that is what happened.
Dave had a style that, rather than lead guitar, critics
began to refer to as "lost guitar." "Dave
King's lead, or should I say lost, style is avant
garde in quite a disturbing way. If only he could play a
scale, or even know what one was, his music might be bearable
rather than embarrassing," John Greshing, Guitar Gods Magazine,
vol. 4, 1974.
Only a handful of artists are credited
with creating works that withstand the ages, transcend time and space,
evoking emotions and touching the very center of the human soul and spirit.
Some of the names that come to everyone's mind are da Vinci, Michelangelo,
Beethoven, Renoir, Mozart, Van Gogh, ... sadly, Dave King did not join their
ranks. In fact, after a comprehensive listening to all the known
recordings of Dave King & Asgard, music critics agree that Dave King
singlehandedly ruined hundreds of potentially beautiful recordings.
Thankfully, Dave stopped touring after a
from one of his
signature jumps tore both his ACLs. World-renowned orthopedic surgeon
Carlan Yates (a previous band member) told Dave he'd never
play guitar again (actually he begged him not to).
Like many musicians, Dave King went off in search of new sounds. One
of his treks landed him in Africa where he found new energy and a creative
spark (thankfully not musical). He recently published an African
wildlife coffee table book from his safari- AFRICA. These days Dave King is retired, living under a pseudonym in Beverly Hills, California.
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Jeff and Lofaas
Biff and Dave
(sneaking out to avoid the fans)
Biff & Dave
Fiat, The Screamer, Lofaas, and Jeff
Asgard Studios (Woodland Hills, CA)
Don and Haas
Jerry, Cindy & Lofaas
The Loin, rockin' it at the Harvard SAE house
Rare DK&A memorabilia, sent to the DK&A Fan Club (membership
estimated in the 10's)
No, it's not a jumpsuit, but Elvis thought it was cool!
Mitch The Loin
burning down the house
Dave on tour in the South of France (the Lean Years)
Tom (driving the Magic Bus)
Carlan and Ali
Dave (on an Italian train)
Dave and Tom (about to perform at Harvard Stadium after the Big Game)
Willie in front of a billboard for a Harvard musical production featuring
music by Dave King & Asgard.
The King's birthday cake
The many faces of Angelo Fiat
Dave "recharging" in Sedona
Dave's vintage '69 St. George
Dave (travelling on a French train to perform at the Eiffel Tower)
Dave (taking a break in France)
Rob (relaxing in a Greek club)
Rob, Cindy, Mort, Don, and Dave getting ready top play the Colosseum
Dave (Relaxing after performing at Boston Garden)
Biff, Dickie, and Dave
Haas Brief DK&A reunion (Biff , Haas, Dave, and Jeff)
These days Dave's listening tastes include:
Rap and Hip Hop- Dr. Dre, Fatboy Slim, People Under The Stairs,
Warren G, Digable Planets, and Dilated Peoples, Massive Attack
Jazz- Bill Evans, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Miles
Davis, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Pearl Django, Ginger Baker Trio, Ahmad Jamal, Stochelo
Rosenberg, Angelo DeBarre & Tavalo Schmidt, and Bireli Lagrene
World- Huayuclatia, Mickey Hart, Outback, Sanjay Mishra,
Jaluka, Loreena McKinnitt, and Baka Beyond
Ambient/Electronica- Parov Stelar, Peter Chilvers, Seamus Ennis, Brian Eno, Cinematic Orchestra, Underworld,
Zero 7, William Orbit, Killahertz, Marconi Union, Thievery Corporation, Bliss, and Aphex Twin
DJs - Solitone, Tetsuo, Parov Stelar
Pop (Voices)- Inara George, Priscilla Ahn
Classical - Joseph Haydn