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Canned Heat is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965. The band was launched by two blues enthusiasts, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite, who took the name from Tommy Johnson's 1928 "Canned Heat Blues", a song about an alcoholic who had desperately turned to drinking Sterno, generically called "canned heat". After appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals at the end of the 1960s, the band acquired worldwide fame. The music and attitude of Canned Heat afforded them a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the hippie era. Canned Heat appeared at most major musical events at the end of the 1960s, performing blues standards along with their own material and occasionally indulging in lengthy 'psychedelic' solos. "Going Up the Country" (also Goin' Up the Country) became one of the band's biggest hits and best-known songs. Canned Heat based "Going Up the Country" on "Bull Doze Blues", recorded in 1928 by Texas bluesman Henry Thomas. "Going Up the Country" was first released on Canned Heat's third album, Living the Blues, in October 1968. Liberty Records released the song as a single on November 22, 1968, which peaked at number 11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on January 25, 1969.