Lonnie Frisbee (who sat in for the photo)
Like Chuck, Jay had come through the ranks of rock 'n' roll, and it was perhaps their common musical backgrounds that drew them into a continuing friendship. Jay later moved to Salt Lake City and formed Spirit Of Creation, a hard-rock group which performed with some of the top rock groups in the country.
Tommy Coomes and Fred Field drifted into the Orange County music scene shortly after being discharged from the Army. They joined a group and played some of the local nightclubs. Among the musicians they met during this time was Chuck. The three of them became good friends and eventually moved into a house in Laguna Beach. Jay, having become restless with Spirit Of Creation, decided to quit and return to Southern California. A short time later, he moved in with Tommy, Chuck and Fred. This final move by Jay set the stage for the series of events which were to follow.
Here they were, gifted musicians in their prime who had, for the moment, nothing to look forward to but lives of uncertainty. It was clear that a quiet tension was developing inside them. Having gone their separate ways and been successful, to a certain degree, they now found themselves unsatisfied with that success. Perhaps it was this mood of uncertainty about the future that brought them together in the fall of 1969, when they collectively hoped that the road ahead would take a new direction.