Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen
- John Morthland
Country-rock group. It was formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1968 and its principal members were Commander Cody (George Frayne; piano and vocals), John Tichy (guitar and vocals), Andy (Andrew) Stein (fiddle and saxophone), Billy (William) C. Farlow (guitar and vocals), and Bill (William) Kirchen (guitar and vocals). Several other musicians belonged to the group at various times. It first came to prominence after moving to San Francisco in 1969 and was among the first rock bands to explore the country-music style, recording country standards and writing their own songs in the same vein, which often had an element of parody about them. The group also performed boogie-woogie, western swing, rockabilly, and early rock and roll, all in a raucous barroom style that concentrated on atmosphere rather than polished technique. Although “Hot Rod Lincoln” (Para., 1972) was their only hit song, they influenced a number of country-rock bands of the 1970s. After the Lost Planet Airmen disbanded in ...