Melanie – Forever known as the Face of Woodstock
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Melanie in Concert at The Paris Theater – 1975 – BBC 6 Music
Melanie is one of those artists who helped define the genre of the Singer-Songwriter in the 1960s. Straddling the worlds of Pop and Folk, Melanie managed to embrace both worlds and achieve a great deal of success as the result.
With a catalog of songs covered by everyone from Nina Simone to Mott The Hoople, she’s enjoyed a long and celebrated career. And with some 34 albums to her credit, there’s very little chance you may not have heard of her.
Tonight it’s a concert given at the BBC’s Paris Theater in 1975. A half hour of Melanie as solo artist.
And then you’ll know why some of those songs sounded so familiar.
Bob Dylan – the formative grumblings and stirrings of the 60’s Song and Dance Man.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Bob Dylan In Session – Saturday Of Folk Music – 1961
Something special tonight – one of the many radio programs Bob Dylan performed on early in his career. In the 1950’s and early 1960’s, when FM radio was almost the sole domain of the “audiophile” and the independent station, many programs were devoted to live music – whether it was Jazz or Folk or Classical. And it was a major factor in getting new artists established to an audience not particularly interested in the mainstream, but interested in what was new.
This session, from July 19, 1961 features Bob Dylan (and a guest appearance from Danny Kalb), is from the program Saturday Of Folk Music from, I think, WNCN.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Saturday Of Folk Music – July 19th, 1961:
1 Handsome Molly
2 Omie Wise
3 Poor Lazarus
4 Mean Old Railroad
Enjoy and get ready for Monday.
Marc Bolan – in 1970, on the verge of becoming a whole new thing.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: T. Rex In Session – 1970
Probably one of the more eclectic entries in the Encyclopedia of Glam, Marc Bolan and T. Rex. Begun in the late 1960’s as a quasi-hippie/folk duo known as Tyrannosaurus Rex, they morphed into T. Rex in 1970 and further morphed, adding extra members, into a prototype Glam band and achieved mass popularity in the process. Fronted by Marc Bolan, they turned out a string of hit singles and albums which only slowed down with the advent of Punk, but T. Rex maintained a strong fan base up until his accidental death from a car accident thirty-five years ago next month. Since then, the legend has only gotten bigger and T. Rex have come to epitomize Glam of the early 70’s when they were at their peak.
Tonight it’s a session the band did for the Top Of The Pops radio program for The BBC in October of 1970, just before they plunged head-first into Glam, but were still shedding their hippie tie-dye roots.
Not a full-on Bang a Gong, but not Warlord of the Royal Crocodiles either.
Evolution in the making.