David Rea

David Rea has made his greatest marks as a session player and songwriter. Moving to Toronto, at the age of 17, Rea performed and recorded with such Canadian artists as Gordon Lightfoot, Jesse Winchester, and Ian & Sylvia, who covered his tunes, "Pilgrimage to Paradise" and "The Minstrel." In addition, Rea contributed his distinctive fingerstyle guitar playing to recordings by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tom Rush, Judy Collins, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Doug Kershaw. Encouraged by Joni Mitchell and Neil Young to write his own songs, Rea reached his peak when Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi's hard rock band, Mountain, recorded three songs -- "Mississippi Queen," "For Yasgur's Farm," and "Flowers of Evil" -- that he co-wrote with Pappalardi.

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