The Ace Of Cups
The Ace Of Cups
The Haight’s (Almost) Forgotten All-Girl Band

Meet the Ace of Cups, the Haight’s (Almost) Forgotten All-Girl Band | By: Kelly Whalen

In the summer of 1967, San Francisco’s first all-female rock band burst onto the scene. But despite their success during the Summer of Love, no record label ever signed The Ace of Cups. 50 years later, they’re breaking all the rules — again — to record their first full album.

The Ace of Cups didn’t set out to be an all-girl band. The group’s original five members — Mary Gannon, Marla Hunt, Denise Kaufman, Mary Ellen Simpson and Diane Vitalich — came together guided by the communal spirit that blanketed Summer of Love-era San Francisco. Up to that point, most all-female bands had worn matching outfits and played cover songs. But with original songs that reflected their circumstances, the Ace of Cups played with groups like The Band, Jefferson Airplane, and even Jimi Hendrix, an avowed fan.


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Wavy Gravy & Ace of Cups
"Basic Human Needs"

Wavy Gravy's song "Basic Human Needs" is on our upcoming album/s but we released it early to honor Wavy’s 80th birthday and Seva Foundation's sight saving work. Our producer, Dan Shea, created this awesome track after Wavy sang and played it  in the studio with only his ektar. We brought in four wonderful gospel singers to share the background vocals with us and uplift Wavy’s heartfelt singing. Filmmaker Jesse Block created this video of Wavy's legacy of service to those in need around the world.

KZSC Interview With Carol Riewe
Denise Kaufman from the Ace of Cups

The Ace of Cups, one of the first all-women rock bands emerging in the mid-sixties , were at the center of the San Francisco music scene and the summer of love in 1967. Listen here to Carol’s exclusive interview on the Test of Time with Ace of Cups’ guitarist & bassist Denise Kaufman.

 

 


Lib at Large
The Ace of Cups Runneth Over - Again

AFTER A ROCK BAND has been broken up for 40 years, it would be quite extraordinary for all the original members to get together again for a reunion. But that's the amazing story of the Ace of Cups, the one and only all-female rock band from San Francisco in the psychedelic '60s. 

 

 

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I heard some groovy sounds last time in the States, like this girl group, Ace Of Cups, who write their own songs and the lead guitarist is hell, really great.
— JIMI HENDRIX VIA MELODY MAKER, DEC. 1967
This band is just straight up cool. They have the ideals, sound, look, and spirit of those times. And it looks like they’ve still got it!
— Kate D.
Our collaboration with Wavy Gravy “Basic Human Needs” says it all! “Not just churches, not just steeples - give me peoples helping peoples!
— Ace Of Cups
One night after rehearsing at the old abandoned Playland we went down to check out the Family Dog on Ocean Beach. Leigh introduced us to Chet Helms and onstage there was an all woman band playing some very cool music. Chet said it was the Ace of Cups. I was impressed. They were an integral part of the music of the late 1960’s counter culture and peace movement, and they had their own, hip, unique sound.
Wonderful vocalists, musicians and songwriters.
— Pete Sears
They were every bit as equal as men in every respect. They were just ahead of their time.
— Barry "The Fish" Melton
These ladies kick ageism’s ass! So timely to have such an inspiring story about what’s possible at any age. I love how their journey has come full circle. It’s about time!!
— Rachel A.
As a music aficionado this band (The Ace Of Cups) is awesome. Should have been signed! Listening to this clip those that understand the various tones, the way the tune is carried and such can definitely hear the the melodic language of.....The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Doors, Quicksilver and such.....I love this sound.....a joy to hear. ROCK ON!
— Dennis T.

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