Blues Image formed in Tampa, Florida in
1966. Members of the band included Michael Pinera (guitar/vocals), Manuel Bertematli (percussion) and
Joe Lala (drums). Malcolm Jones (bass) joined later, followed in 1968 by Frank "Skip." Konte (keyboards).
The band, with its Latin-tinged pop/rock
sound, launched the hit "Ride
Captain Ride," which soared into the Top Ten and sold a million copies in
In 1968, Blue Image relocated to New York
City, where the band managed a club named the Image. Members of the band then
moved to Los Angeles, and signed to Atlantic Records Atco
division. They released their debut album followed by Open, which included "Ride Captain Ride."
The Blues Image lineup then began to change.
Pinera left, while Kent Henry (guitar) and Dennis Correll (vocals) joined the band. Soon afterwards, Blues Image broke up.