BIO: SOLO CAREER

Portrait, late 70's
Dave, "Always on Tour" Tour
Dave early 70's
Dave acoustic portrait
Troubador Show Poster
Alone Together photo shoot-private collection
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "Feeing Alright"
Dave performing with Cass Elliot
Troubador
Portrait, arrive in America
Dave playing Red Rocks when he was with Fleetwood Mac, courtesy of David Vanderberg
Soul Man. Photo courtesy of Trinity Wheeler
1974
2010
Dave, circa 1969
Singing You are Every Woman
California Jam
Dave, early 70's, playing sitar. George Harrison gave Dave his first sitar!
Rare photo of Dave and Jimi Hendrix jammin' together. Courtesy of Private Collectiom.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Kid Rock, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Keith Richards, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi
Backstage late 70's
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2004
Dave, 1974
Watchtower Magic, 2009
Dave, circa 1972
Dave during Fleetwood Mac days. Courtesy of Rick Saputo
Dave, Japan 2010
Dave Mason Show Poster, seventy something, Long Beach.
Dave performing at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction, 2004
Granada Theater, Dallas - 2011
Portrait from Alone Together shoot
courtesy of Steve Gladstone
Iconic image of Dave, early 70s
view from side stage, 80's
Dave and Jim Capaldi having some fun backstage during the 40,000 Headmen Tour.
in the 70's
Dave has always loved to sing and play guitar. photo by Roberto Ganfantini.
Artist rendering Dave and Cass Elliot
Portrait, Mariposa de Oro
Rockin' Rock Hall, 2004
70's era
Portrait of Dave, courtesy of Vince Sebastien, 1970's.
Dave in Lake Tahoe, 2008
Variety Artists studio portrait, circa 1978
Dave on the Cover of Guitar Player Magazine
Dave, 2012.
Dave on stage, circa 1972
Portrait, Ojai 2011

Unencumbered by a commitment to a band in Engand, Mason moved to Los Angeles and joined Delaney & Bonnie & Friends in 1969. He played lead guitar and toured with them opening for Blind Faith. Delaney & Bonnie had a #2 hit with Mason's song "Only You Know and I Know". In 1970 he signed a solo contract with Blue Thumb Records, and began cutting his debut solo album, co-producing it with Tommy LiPuma. "When we got together, and he played me lots of the stuff from the album, the material was just ridiculous," meaning ridiculously good. "He had just bought a 12-string, and he was realy in love with it. The songs were just so strong, forget it. You had to be deaf not to hear it."

The first result of the sessions was a single, "World in Changes", released in April 1970, followed by the full album, the classic Rock n' Roll masterpiece and enduringly powerful Alone Together in June. The album reached the Top 25, stayed in the charts six months, and went gold, while a second single, "Only You Know and I Know" became a Top 40 hit. His next career move always seems puzzling, but it shouldn't. One of Mason's earliest friends in Los Angeles was Mama Cass Elliot, and in 1970 they formed a duo, which they launched with a performance at the Fillmore East in New York in September, and in the next year released the album Dave Mason and Cass Elliot.  The duo was short lived, Mason briefly hooked up with a new configuration of Traffic, doing only six shows yet culled the live album, "Welcome to the Canteen", where we hear a live version of "Feelin' Alright", and "Sad and Deep as You". After the shows, Mason stayed back in England and was an original member of Derek and the Dominos with , prior to Layla. Dave was replaced by Duanne Allman.

Meanwhile, Mason became Blue Thumb's most successful recording artist. As was commonplace, he was asked to renegociate his contract. When Blue Thumb demurred, he stopped working on his follow up to Alone Together, sued the label, and took the tapes he had recorded so far. Blue Thumb still had two-track copies of the material and released them as "Headkeeper" in 1972, and Dave Mason is Alive in 1973. Mason denounced them as bootleg, and was forced into bankruptcy. Yet it freed him from Blue Thumb, and he signed then with Columbia.

The Columbia relationship was wildly successful, with two albums going gold, Mariposa del Oro, and Dave Mason, followed by Let It Flow going Platinum, and including the classic "We Just Disagree" which became a top 20 hit. In addition, Mason became a huge success as a major concert attraction, playing venues such as Red Rocks, Madison Square Garden, and the Los Angeles Forum during the 1970's. His brand of melodic mainstream rock had fallen from favor by the start of the 80's, when his Columbia contract expired. He stayed on the road in spite of it becoming a difficult time for him personally. "I didn't even pick up a guitar for a year. I stopped writing. I had my bouts with drugs and alcohol, and I really needed to get away to see when I wanted in life." Finally, he cut the album Some Assembly Required, which was released by Maze Records of Canada in 1987, then hooked up with the Voyager label, distributed by MCA for Two Hearts, released at the end of the same year. Mason continued to perform, suffering a great blow when his long time colleague and friend Jim Krueger died i