Candy Ramey grew up around Evergreen and Golden. She was voted “most likely to become a famous singer” as a senior at Golden High School. She attended the University of Northern Colorado with plans to become a teacher. But music was her focus, and she ended up in Sausalito, CA, the center of 1966 counterculture. A year later, she moved to Aspen, CO and joined the Piltdown Philharmonic Jug Band. There she fell in love with musician, David Givens. Together, they moved to Boulder with their band, Brown Sugar, in August 1968 and were married that October.
By December 1968, Brown Sugar had a regular Wednesday gig at the Buff Room in Boulder. Promoters, Kit Thomas and Marty Wolfe, brought guitarist Tommy Bolin in to jam with them, and the results stunned everyone present, including Candy, David, and Tommy. After a subsequent daylight jam, the three musicians along with keyboardist John Faris took half the name of Bolin’s band, Ethereal Zephyr, and added drummer Robbie Chamberlin.