Long ago, in a land far far away, we were all young! And some of us were -- decadent. And we played rock n' roll with the dream of "making it", as so many others have since the birth of a record industry. In the San Francisco Bay Area five such people formed a band based in San Jose called China Cat.

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China Cat 1 had a long and glorious history, its first incarnation existing between 1971 and 1973. After a three year hiatus, three of the original members reformed the group, added a "chick singer" and went on to record a single and play several significant concert dates in the San Francisco Bay Area, all sponsored by local radio stations.

The band's manager, Nancy Sutton, had an ace in the hole when it came to promotion: She was a Singles Buyer for the now defunct Tower Records chain. She was instrumental in convincing Tower Records and many other record stores in the area to carry the band's single, Can't Let Go. Meanwhile, Atlantis Records executive producer Jack Tossman worked on getting air play on Bay Area and L.A. radio stations. 

The band's life and bright prospects were cut short when new management manager Nancy Sutton decided to go to England to join the fledgling Punk rock scene (sigh). When a new manager failed to materialize the decision was made to disband. This action doubly difficult as two record companies had expressed interest in the band after two large concert dates in Palo Alto and San Mateo. 

But it was not to be! 

The group played its farewell gig on December 31, 1979. By early 1980 China Cats' members had scattered to the winds.

In December of 1997 former band members held a China Cat Reunion to honor those magical years of youth and decadence, and to catch up on new times. Even though China Cat hasn't played in over 30 years, its distinctive music is well-remembered. Through the magic of Cyberspace, and Youtube, the name China Cat lives on!

If you would like to email the bass player, Rock Basso, do so at  krattenne@sbcglobal.net

1. The name China Cat is derived from the Grateful Dead song, "China Cat Sunflower."

China Cat, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, CA (Below) Live at Keystone Palo Alto, Mother's Day 1979.. (click photo to enlarge)

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