The Sons of Adam were an American rock band, originally from Maryland, but primarily active in California, in the 1960s. The band is notable for its membership including Randy Holden, later of The Other Half and Blue Cheer, and Michael Stuart, later of Love.


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Previously known as the Fender IV when they began in Baltimore in 1962, the band then moved to Southern California and became a frequent attraction at clubs on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The Sons of Adam were provided with their new name by record producer Kim Fowley. The band's musical direction shifted dramatically with the British Invasion and Beatlemania. The popularity of surf music waned, and their style changed to vocal-based R&B and rock songs.[1] They made a brief appearance playing in a nightclub scene in the 1965 movie, The Slender Thread starring Anne Bancroft.[2]

They are, perhaps, best remembered for the song, "Saturday's Son," an anthem of alienation released in 1966, featuring Randy Holden on lead guitar and vocals. Later that year, Holden left the band to join The Other Half. The Sons of Adam continued to play and record with Craig Tarwater (later in The Daily Flash) replacing Holden on lead guitar.[3][4][5] They released another single later that year, featuring "Feathered Fish", written by Arthur Lee, and the flip side"Baby Show the World."[6]

Band members[edit]Edit

  • Randy Holden - guitar, vocals (1965-1966)
  • Joe Kooken - guitar (1965-1967)
  • Mike Port - bass (1965-1967)
  • Michael Stuart - drums (1965-1967)
  • Craig Tarwater - guitar, vocals (1966-1967)



  • "Take My Hand"/"Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" (Decca, Dec. 1965) - produced by Gary Usher
  • "Mr You're a Better Man Than I" (Mike Hugg, Brian Hugg) / "Saturdays Son" - (Decca Records #31995, July 15, 1966) - produced by Gary Usher
  • "Feathered Fish" (written by Arthur Lee) / "Baby Show the World" (Alamo Records, 1966) - also recorded by The Other Half



  • Randy Holden Early Works 64-66 (included Fender IV and the Sons of Adam period) - Released on Captain Trip Records 1997. Re-Mastered and later released as Sons of Adam - Bytes (included Fender IV period) - Released on Guitar God Records 2007
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