is an American rock
band formed in the late 1960s, composed of vocalist Jinx Dawson, bassist Oz Osborne (not to be confused with Ozzy Osbourne
of Black Sabbath
), Chris Neilsen on guitar, Rick Durrett and later John Hobbs on keyboards, and drummer Steve Ross. They are recognized as being the band that first introduced the "Sign of the Horns
" to rock and pop culture (as seen on their 1969 debut album
Top 40 hit
They had a top 40 hit on Warner Bros. Records
with "One Tin Soldier
," written and composed by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter
which was also used as the theme song to the 1971 movie Billy Jack.
Jinx Dawson, sang the song at a 1971 session with the film's orchestra as part of the film soundtrack
, and asked that Coven be listed on the recording and film, not her name as a solo artist.
Dawson was a native of Indianapolis, Indiana
. The difficult delivery of twins, one dead in the womb, was performed by a Dr. Jinks, so her model mother named her Jinx. She began studying opera
and the occult
, following in her family's secret society footsteps. She, Ross, and Osborne formed Coven in Chicago in the late 1960s. In 1967 to 1968 they toured on concert bills with Jimmy Page
, the Alice Cooper
band, and Vanilla Fudge
, among many others. Dawson began and ended each Coven concert with the sign of the horns
, being the first to introduce this hand sign into rock pop culture.