Black Merda

Black Merda were a funky rock combo with a significant debt to Jimi Hendrix, mixing fuzz-toned, psychedelic blues-rock with folky acoustic passages and contemporary late-'60s soul.

Featuring guitarists Anthony and Charles Hawkins, bassist VC Veasey (aka Veesee L. Veasey), and drummer Tyrone Hite, the group got its start in the late '60s after Veasey, Hite, and Anthony Hawkins had spent time in a band called the Soul Agents, backing Edwin Starr and Gene Chandler. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced?, they added Anthony's younger brother Charles on second guitar and christened themselves Black Merda.

Despite some interest around their Detroit base -- including Norman Whitfield and Eddie Kendricks -- Black Merda signed to Chess, thanks in part to the psychedelic soul eccentric Fugi (aka Ellington Jordan), who they also backed on his Mary, Don't Take Me on No Bad Trip LP for Chess.

Black Merda's self-titled album sounded revolutionary enough, although the bandmembers were disappointed that it didn't reflect their heavy live shows. They then moved to the West Coast to continue playing with Fugi, but returned to Chicago to record a second album. Shortening their name to Mer-Da, the group returned in 1971 with Long Burn the Fire, a funkier outing that bore a likeness to early Funkadelic.

The band quickly fizzled out, but over the next three decades, continued record-collector interest in the group eventually resulted in a reunion with Veasey, both Hawkins brothers, and Fugi, although Hite had died in 2004.

Artist Biography by Steve Huey - All Music Guide
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LPS 1551, DJLPS-1551 Black Merda - Black Merda album art Black Merda Black Merda (Album) Chess, Chess LPS 1551, DJLPS-1551 US 1970 Sell This Version
JLS 3042 Black Merda - Long Burn The Fire album art Mer-Da* Long Burn The Fire (Album) Janus Records JLS 3042 US 1972 Sell This Version
04141946 Black Merda - Renaissance album art Black Merda Renaissance(CD-ROM, Album) Black Sky Records 04141946 USA & Canada 2006 Sell This Version
VAMPI 110 Black Merda - Force Of Nature album art Black Merda Force Of Nature (Album) Vampi Soul VAMPI 110 Spain 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

2095 Black Merda - Cynthy-Ruth / Reality album art Black Merda Cynthy-Ruth / Reality (Single) Chess 2095 US 1970 Sell This Version
Nº 169556 Black Merda - Prophet / Cynthy-Ruth album art Black Merda Prophet / Cynthy-Ruth(7", Single) Chess Nº 169556 France 1970 Sell This Version
45043 Black Merda - Take A Little Time / Let Go album art Black Merda Take A Little Time / Let Go(7") Vampi Soul 45043 Spain 2008 Sell This Version
JPR-024 Black Merda Doomsday//Set Out Your Lovin'(7", Whi) Jett Plastic Recordings JPR-024 US 2017 Sell This Version


DEL CD 0004 Black Merda - The Folks From Mother's Mixer album art Black Merda The Folks From Mother's Mixer (Comp) Funky Delicacies DEL CD 0004 US 2004 Sell This Version
DEL LP 0077 Black Merda - The Psych-Funk Of Black Merda album art Black Merda The Psych-Funk Of Black Merda (Comp) Funky Delicacies DEL LP 0077 US 2006 Sell This Version