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We Five

We Five on the cover of their first album
We Five on the cover of their first album

We Five was a 1960s folk rock musical group based in San Francisco, California. Their best-known hit was 1965's "You Were on My Mind", which reached #1 on the Cashbox chart and #2 in Billboard. The group was together for five years, releasing four albums.


The ensemble played acoustic and electric guitar and sang vocal harmonies. The original line-up included:

  • Jerry Burgan (Tenor, 6-String Acoustical Guitar)
  • Michael Stewart (Baritone-Bass, 5-String Banjo, 6-String Acoustic Guitar, 9-String Amplified Guitar)
  • Beverly Bivens (Low Tenor to High Soprano)
  • Peter Fullerton (Tenor, Acoustic & Fender Bass)
  • Bob Jones (Baritone-Tenor, 6-String Electric Jazz Guitar, 12-String Electric Guitar).

Later editions included Frank Denson, who went on to write music for television shows including Magnum, P.I., Tales of the Gold Monkey, and Blossom.


We Five were the first group to record songs live in San Francisco, and were also the first commercial artist to record music for Coca-Cola. They were Grammy-nominated as Best New Artist of 1965 but were beaten by The Beatles.

Michael Stewart's son, Jamie Stewart, is the vocalist for experimental indie band Xiu Xiu.


  • You Were On My Mind (1965) A&M LP-111/SP-4111
  • Make Someone Happy (1967) A&M LP-138/SP-4138
  • The Return of We Five (1969) A&M SP-4168
  • Catch the Wind (1970) Vault 136

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