The Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra is a nickname given to artists who recorded together in the early 1970s. They were predominantly members of Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Their first album together was Blows Against the Empire, when they were known as Jefferson Starship. The name changed to Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra for the next album, David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name. During the sessions for Crosby's album at Wally Heider Studios, the musicians of each band were invited to the sessions and rehearsed hours of material, and everything was recorded. Material played during these recorded sessions in 1971 was used for Crosby's album (the "PERRO Chorus" is credited on the song, "What Are Their Names") and several other solo albums after Crosby's (see discography). The name Jefferson Starship was later used for Paul Kantner and Grace Slick's new band formed in 1974. Paul Kantner recorded a solo album in 1983 as a tribute to this time, Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra.
Personnel David Crosby – guitar, vocals Graham Nash – guitar, vocals Paul Kantner – guitar, banjo, vocals Grace Slick – piano, vocals Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar Jack Casady – bass Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals Phil Lesh – bass Bill Kreutzmann – drums Mickey Hart – percussion David Freiberg – viola, vocals
PERRO Discography 1970Blows Against the Empire by Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship 1971If I Could Only Remember My Name by David Crosby Songs for Beginners by Graham Nash Sunfighter by Paul Kantner and Grace Slick 1972Graham Nash David Crosby by Graham Nash and David Crosby Rolling Thunder by Mickey Hart— 1973Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun by Kantner, Slick, and Freiberg 1983Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra by Paul Kantner
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