Cream Mountain Felix Pappalardi

Cream Mountain Felix Pappalardi

Happy Birthday

Felix Pappalardi was born on December 30, 1939 in the Bronx.


Pappalardi is famous in the lore of 1960s music mainly because of his association with Cream (as a producer) and as the bassist for Mountain.


Pre-Cream

He studied classical music at the University of Michigan and returned to NYC,  but couldn’t earn a living .  Like so many other musicians of his time, he gravitated to the Greenwich Village folk scene.


He became an arranger and producer of that scene working with Tim Hardin, the Youngbloods, Joan Baez, Richard & Mimi Farina, Ian & Sylvia, and Fred Neil.


Strange Brew

It was his work with Creme that brought fame to his name. He and his wife, Gail Collins, wrote “Stange Brew” with Eric Clapton.



Leslie West

In 1968, Pappalardi began working with Leslie West and produced a solo album for him.


After Cream disbanded, Pappalardi and West formed  Mountain. A New York Times article read: A new rock group called Mountain may not entirely replace the late, honestly lamented British band Cream, but it is carrying on the tradition with power and respect. 


Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Mountain performed at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair on Saturday of that famous weekend. Here is Pappalardi singing “Theme from an Imaginary Western” at Woodstock



After Mountain’s breakup, Papparlardi returned to  production, a return reputedly forced due to hearing loss from Mountains loud performances.

Felix Pappalardi solo

In 1979, Pappalardi released his first proper solo album, Don’t Worry, Ma


Cream Mountain Felix Pappalardi
Felix Pappalardi’s solo album cover

On April 17, 1983, Gail Colins shot Pappalardi once in the neck and he died. She claimed it was an accident, but a jury found her guilty of criminally negligent homicide. She was sentenced to four years.


More from the Ultimate Classic Rock site about Gail Collins’s death in 2013 >>> Gail Collins’s death)F

Cream Mountain Felix Pappalardi
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