J.D. Blackfoot was born Benjamin Franklin Van Dervort in Cleveland. The frontman for an Ohio band called the Ebb Tides (as Benny Van), he re-formed the group around his name in 1969 and recorded a single for Mercury called "Who's Nuts Alfred." The album, The Ultimate Prophecy, followed soon after, which is still prized in prog/psych circles. Blackfoot went on to record the mid-'70s albums The Song of Crazy Horse and Southbound and Gone for Fantasy Records.