"The Blues Image" was a critically acclaimed late 1960s rock band. Their most successful song was the chart topping hit "Ride Captain Ride", which went all the way to #4 on the Billboard Charts. Blues Image was a well respected band among their peers. In an interview conducted by Britsh magazine Melody Maker, Jimi Hendrix said that Blues Image was one of the best up and coming bands around. Shortly before Hendrix' demise, he and Bertematti were seen jamming at popular underground clubs, like "The Experience" on L. A.'s Sunset strip.
Blues Image was formed in Tampa, Florida in 1966 by singer-guitarist Mike Pinera, singer-drummer Manuel "Manny" Bertematti, singer-percussionist Joe Lala. and bassist Malcolm Jones. They were later joined by keyboardist Frank "Skip" Konte. BI moved to Miami in 1968, where they were instrumental in helping promoters form the most inovative venue in South Florida, Thee Image. BI became the house band at the club, which featured bands like the Grateful Dead, Cream, Blood Sweat and Tears and so on.