I have known Commander Cody (aka George Frayne) for a long time. I first photographed him and the Lost Planet Airmen in Vancouver close to a million years ago. The first 8 photographs are from roll 32 and 33 of my rock 'n' roll photography. So maybe the 17th show I shot. The next time was a couple or few months later when he came back touring with the Grateful Dead. That was film roll 62.
Commander Cody is also a brilliant artist, as in painting and sculpture. He was the first artist I asked to be in my book, Starart, and took a chance on me that I would make it happen. During that period I saw him play and photographed him many times at the infamous Palomino Club in North Hollywood. Hoping I will come across those negatives at some point but I think they might be in my lost boxes.
I lost touch with the Commander for several years but then connected with him on Facebook a few years ago. And finally last summer I had the opportunity to see him play in New York. The last couple of photos are from that show.
So, today I am celebrating Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen with a few photographs that have never seen the light of day since I took them so many years ago. I am so grateful for the influence the Commander has had on me, and appreciate him being in my life. I hope you like these photos, George.
Can't leave you without a performance of Hot Rod Lincoln.
*I will be fill in the captions identifying the rest of the Lost Planet Airman soon.