"Roky Erickson" (born "Roger Kynard Erickson" on July 15 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, harmonica player and guitarist from Texas. He was a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators.
One of rock and roll's most famous cult figures and burnouts, Erickson is perhaps as well-known for his erratic personal behavior as for his musical talents.
Erickson was interested in music from his youth (he played piano from age 5 and took up guitar at 12). His first notable group was The Spades, who scored a regional hit in 1964 with "We Sell Soul"
Erickson cofounded the 13th Floor Elevators in 1965. He was the chief songwriter along with Tommy Hall. (Janis Joplin considered joining the Elevators, but Family Dog's Chet Helms persuaded her to go to San Francisco, California instead.)
In 1966, the band released ''The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators''. Reportedly, the album title marks the first instance in which the word ''psychedelic'' was used to describe music. ''Psychedelic Sounds'' had the band's only charting single, "You're Gonna Miss Me". The single remains probably Erickson's best-known work; critic Mark Deming writes that "If Roky Erick...
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