Santiago (SHS) Class of 1965 Alumni List

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1965 Santiago High School Yearbook

1965 Santiago High School Yearbook
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Class Memories From 1965

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Penny Nichols was born December 26, 1947 in Orange County, California. She started her amazing music career in the early 1960s as a folk singer in coffeehouses around Orange County. During these formative years, she shared stages with many legendary artists including Jackson Browne, Tim Buckley, Steve Noonan, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponies, Jennifer Warnes, Mary McCaslin and others. She sang in a bluegrass band with John, Bill & Alice McEuen until John left to take Jackson Browne's place in The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Penny then formed a duo with Kathy Smith called the Greasy Mountain Butterballs which toured Vietnam in the fall of 1966. Upon returning, she opened for numerous artists at The Troubadour and Ash Grove clubs in Hollywood.

In the spring of 1967, Penny rode up to San Francisco on the back of a Harley motorcycle and decided to stay there for a while. She performed in concerts and clubs all over the Bay Area including the Fillmore, the Avalon, and the Matrix where she opened for bands such as Big Brother and the Holding Co. (Janis Joplin), Steve Miller, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 13th Floor Elevator, Chocolate Watchband, and Jefferson Airplane. During the "Summer of Love," Penny played at the Big Sur Folk Festival (June 28-29, 1967 with headliners Joan Baez and Judy Collins) and recorded her first album, Penny's Arcade, for Buddha Records (BDS 5007, 1968). After touring the U.S. promoting her album in the fall, she toured Europe in the winter of 1968, staying with George & Patty Harrison and recording at Apple Studios.
Musicals Posted: 11/17/2018

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The Santiago High Garden Grove, CA class of '65 alumni are listed below. These are former students from Santiago High in Garden Grove, CA who graduated in 1965. Alumni listings below have either been searched for or they registered as members of this directory.

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