Spirit trivia: Guitarist Randy California (who wrote this song) was born Randy Craig Wolfe in Los Angeles in 1951. His family moved to New York City in the mid-1960s, and when he was just fifteen Randy became a member of Jimmy James and the Blue Flames - Jimi Hendrix's band. The bass player's name was also Randy. He was from Texas, and Hendrix dubbed him "Randy Texas." Randy Wolfe became "Randy California" - and he kept the name for the rest of his life.