The Wild Angels is a 1966 Roger Corman film. It was made three years before Easy Rider and was the first film to associate actor Peter Fonda with motorcycles and 1960s counterculture. It was also the film that inspired the outlaw biker film genre that continued into the early 1970s.
Fonda stars as the fictitious Hells Angels San Pedro, California chapter president “Heavenly Blues” (or “Blues”), with Nancy Sinatra as his girlfriend “Mike”, Bruce Dern as doomed fellow outlaw “the Loser”, and Dern’s real-life wife Diane Ladd as the Loser’s on-screen wife, “Gaysh”.
Fonda’s character had a musical theme. This number from the soundtrack, “Blues Theme”, as performed by Davie Allan and the Arrows, cracked the top 40 in 1967, peaking at #37.
This tune was a staple of my first garage band — The Sugarbeats.
My new arrangement/recording of it is dedicated to my former bandmates and still good friends, Lance Yaste and David Cox.