Beverly Bivens

Beverly Bivens

Born Apr 28, 1946

Beverly Bivens (born April 28, 1946) was lead singer with the American West Coast folk-rock group We Five from 1965-67. After her marriage to jazz musician Fred Marshall and the break-up of We Five, she sang for a while with the experimental Light Sound Dimension, but, by the late 1960s had largely left the music scene. After many years of relative seclusion, she sang at the opening of an exhibition in San Francisco in 2009. Her son is the saxophonist Joshi Marshall.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on April 28, 1946.


1963 17 Years Old In 1963, she and Glen Campbell, who also played banjo, had performed background vocals on Desert Pete, a recording by the Kingston Trio, of which Stewart's brother John (1939–2008) was a member. … Read More
They recorded their first album, the highly eclectic You Were on My Mind, for A&M records in 1965 after Herb Alpert, founder of A&M, heard them at the "hungry i", a folk/night club on Jackson Street in the North Beach area of San Francisco. … Read More


1966 20 Years Old …  She herself has confirmed that "A&M called, they wanted me, but I think my husband Marshall, whom she married in 1966 insisted he produce the records... I'd been working hard for a long time and just thought I'd take a break – turned out to be a couple of decades!" On February 13, 1966, at the age of 19, Bivens married jazz bassist Fred Marshall (Frederick Calvin Marshall, 4 October 1938 – 14 November 2001). … Read More
1967 21 Years Old We Five were in the vanguard of the San Francisco bands, including Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, that reached international prominence in the "Summer of Love" of 1967. … Read More
1968 22 Years Old …  In 1968 We Five were among a number of A&M's artists included in an injunction by a Los Angeles court prohibiting the "pirating" of their recordings by a company named Superba Tapes.
1969 23 Years Old We Five are sometimes dismissed as a "one hit wonder", although they actually had two charting singles and were the highest charting 1960s band from San Francisco until Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969. … Read More


1978 32 Years Old …  Until their divorce in 1978, she and her husband raised two children in Berkeley, California: the saxophonist Joshi Marshall, who was born in Berkeley in 1971, and a daughter, Zoe Terry Marguerite. … Read More


1999 53 Years Old Jerry Burgan reported that, when he spoke to Bivens in 1999, she was not singing professionally. … Read More


2009 63 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The sleeve notes for Big Beat's retrospective CD of We Five's recordings, released in 2009, contained several reminiscences by Bivens and, on 24 September of that year, she sang High Flying Bird at the opening of an exhibition, mounted by the Performing Arts Library & Museum in San Francisco, of the rock scene in the Bay area in the mid-1960s to early 1970s. … Read More
2013 67 Years Old 1 More Event
This was subsequently sold and, when Burgan saw her in 2013, she was living in "a warehouse district" between Berkeley and Richmond.
However, most sources, including We Five's Jerry Burgan in his 2014 memoir, have rejected this suggestion. … Read More
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