Cyril Jordan

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Cyril Jordan
Birth name Cyril Henrygarwick Jordan [1]
BornAugust 31, 1948 (1948-08-31) (age 69)
San Francisco
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Associated acts The Flamin' Groovies, The Magic Christian

Cyril Jordan (born August 31, 1948 in San Francisco) is a guitarist and founding member of San Francisco cult band the Flamin' Groovies. They are best remembered for their influential 1976 album Shake Some Action . Jordan founded the band in 1965, [2] playing with them until they disbanded in 1992.

Flamin' Groovies is an American rock music band that started in San Francisco in 1965, led by Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan. After the Groovies released three albums, Loney left the band in 1971. He was replaced as co-leader by Chris Wilson, and the band's emphasis shifted more toward British Invasion power pop. The band signed to United Artists Records in 1972 releasing three more singles until 1976. The Groovies then signed to Sire Records and released three albums between 1976-79, Shake Some Action, Now and Jumpin' in the Night. The album title also a single Shake Some Action became a power pop anthem and is revered by many including Greil Marcus in his book, The History of Rock and Roll in Ten Songs. Chris Wilson left the band in 1981. After a couple of limited reunions with different lineups, the 1970s nucleus of Jordan, Wilson, and Alexander reformed the group in 2013, and the band's first post-reunion album was released in 2017.

<i>Shake Some Action</i> 1976 studio album by Flamin Groovies

Shake Some Action is the fourth studio album by American rock band the Flamin' Groovies. The album was released in June 1976 by Sire Records. The title Shake Some Action originates from a line in the 1965 film None but the Brave.

His song "Shake Some Action", co-written with Chris Wilson, appeared in the 1995 movie Clueless . [3]

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After the death of George Harrison in 2001, Cyril performed a tribute to George with a band known as the New Moondogs at a special charity event at CD Land in Palo Alto, California. Cyril also backed up Gordon Waller (of Peter and Gordon) at the same venue a few months later. [4]

George Harrison British musician, lead guitarist of the Beatles

George Harrison was an English musician, singer-songwriter, music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles' work. Although the majority of the band's songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group included "Taxman", "Within You Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something".

Gordon Waller British musician

Gordon Trueman Riviere Waller was a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known as Gordon of the 1960s pop music duo Peter and Gordon, whose biggest hit was the No. 1 million-selling classic "A World Without Love".

Peter and Gordon band

Peter and Gordon were a British pop duo, composed of Peter Asher and Gordon Waller (1945–2009), who achieved international fame in 1964 with their first single, the million-selling transatlantic No.1 smash "A World Without Love". The duo had several subsequent hits in the British Invasion era.

Jordan designed many of the earliest Flamin' Groovies handbills and has subsequently worked as an artist and illustrator. [5]

In 2013, the Flamin' Groovies, including Jordan, Chris Wilson, George Alexander, and new member Victor Penalosa, reformed to play dates in Japan, Australia, England, and the United States.


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