Lowell Levinger, known as Banana, was a founding member of the Youngbloods back in the late 1960s. The band had a series of hit records including the 60s anthem “Get Together.” Banana played lead guitar, piano, finger cymbals, pedal steel guitar, and sang with the band from 1965 until 1972. He rejoined the band for a few years in the 1980s for a series of performances. During his NAMM Oral History interview, Banana spoke of his first bluegrass bands, which were formed for coffee house gigs in the early 1960s. His favorite band name: “Banana and the Bunch, Old Time Music with Appeal.”
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