Quicksilver Messenger Service

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Quicksilver Messenger Service is an American psychedelic rock band, formed in 1965 in San Francisco and considered as a part of the city's psychedelic scene. Essentially a jam band, Quicksilver Messenger Service gained wide popularity in the Bay Area and with psychedelic rock enthusiasts around the globe. Many of their albums ranked in the top 30 of the Billboard Pop charts. Though not ultimately as popular as contemporaries Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, the band was integral to the beginnings of their genre. With their jazz and classical influences, as well as a strong folk background, the band attempted to create a sound that was individual and innovative. Member Dino Valente pulled heavily from musical influences learned during the folk revival of his formative musical years. The style he developed from these sources is evident in Quicksilver Messenger Service's swung rhythms and twanging guitar sounds. After many years, the band has attempted to reform despite the deaths of band members. With the modest success of these ventures, many members have also attempted solo careers. Among these is Gary Duncan, former guitarist of Quicksilver Messenger Service. He has had a prolific musical career after parting ways with the group.