by Robert Wilkinson
It’s Saturday Night, and time to dance! Today we celebrate the lives, birthdays, and music of two talents in two entirely separate realms of popular music.
Mary Travers (November 9, 1936 – September 16, 2009) had so much attitude she compelled attention everywhere she went! One of the most powerful voices in the folk movement of the 60s, Mary Travers was the “Mary” in Peter, Paul, and Mary. A dedicated activist for social causes, she inspired millions to hope and sing and march for a more humane world. Though Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey wrote some of their best-known hits, Mary Travers brought a big voice, blond hair, and compelling gravitas to their trio.
I just had the privilege of seeing Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey last night and they were all you could want and more! It was not an “oldies” show, but two old folk activists and consummate professionals playing on and speaking up for peace and justice without the third person in the act. But she was there. Very much so.
I’ll do a spread on what they’re up to these days, since they are still very much activists in the national anti-bullying effort, and are doing major work for human rights and other worthy causes. The 60s may have ended a long time ago, but as Peter said last night, “there’s still a lot of work to do.”
So here’s a big birthday shout out to one of the strongest voices for civil and human rights in history, the awesome talent of Ms. Mary Travers! Check out this Saturday Night Attitude, and dance for peace and justice! It’s folk city tonight!
First, a great video from 1966! This is the BBC’s “Tonight in Person,” and I found the entire one hour concert with PP&M in all their glory!
Peter, Paul, and Mary Live on the BBC pt 1 (Set list: “When the Ship Comes In,” “The First Time,” “San Francisco Bay Blues,” “For Loving Me,” “Jesus Met the Woman,” “Children Go Where I send Thee,” “The Whole Wide World Around,” “Early in the Morning.”)
Peter, Paul, and Mary Live on the BBC pt 2 (Set list: “The Times are a Changing,” “Hangman,” “In My Dreams,” “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Rising of the Moon,” “Great Day,” “Blowing in the Wind,” “If I Had My Way.”)
From that 1966 live BBC show, here are a few pieces if you just don’t want to enjoy yourself for a full hour! ;-) First, here are PP & M doing two timeless Dylan classics, "Blowin' In The Wind." and "The Times They Are A Changin'" From the same show, "Early Morning Rain," and Peter's classic, "Puff the Magic Dragon."
From 1964, Peter, Paul and Mary on the Jack Benny Show performing "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Waukegan." (There’s also a gag number as part of the show. Enjoy a slice of humor from 50 years ago….)
From a performance in the 60s, PP & M doing "For Loving Me."
Here's Pete Seeger doing an intro to PP & M in a clip of a live performance at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival doing a song Pete wrote, "If I Had A Hammer." Here's another great live performance of "If I Had A Hammer."
A live performance of Dylan's "When The Ship Comes In."
Doing Noel's composition, "Very Last Day."
Here they are in a live performance of "Go Tell It On The Mountain"
From the 60s, Noel co-wrote this one with the others, "There Is A Ship."
Here are PP & M doing Paul's tune, "Early in the Morning."
Doing their radio hit of pop music references co-written by Noel, "Rock and Roll Music."
From 1990, PP&M live in Japan doing a beautiful version of “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane”
A great performance of the Pete Seeger classic, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"
Dylan provided them quite a few hits, this one included! "Don't Think Twice It's All Right."
From the 1988 Holiday Concert, PP&M live on television performing the iconic Peter Yarrow anthem, “Light One Candle”
For our set finale, from the Mama Cass TV show in 1969, Mary, Mama Cass, and Joni Mitchell singing “I Shall Be Released”
For our first encore, here’s Mary Travers singing a lullaby to her granddaughter
Thanks for the tunes and inspiration, Mary! You were an impressive figure in the Civil Rights Era, and kept the flame alight for many years after! If what I experienced last night means anything, there are millions of us who love you, miss you, and are grateful for the time you gave us when you were here. And yes, as Peter mentioned, your voice was curiously there last night. I thought I heard you on "If I Had A Hammer."
And now for one of the great rockers of all time, Tom Fogerty (November 9, 1941 – September 6, 1990). With his more famous brother John, these two founded a Bay Area band called the Golliwogs, who later changed their name to Creedence Clearwater Revival, or as they were known, CCR. Tom played rhythm on all those major swamp rock tunes until the band fragmented over all kinds of problems, after which Tom had a solo career before dying too young at 58.
For your enjoyment, Tom Fogerty’s rhythm guitar on some great tunes. Keep on dancin’ to some of the best swamp rock ever created!
First, a rare treat! CCR live at Woodstock in 1969 doing
Here’s a score! It’s CCR’s entire Woodstock set live and in color! Creedence Clearwater Revival at Woodstock 1969 – Entire set
From 1969, a live performance of “Down On The Corner”
From American Bandstand in 1969, CCR performing “Green River”
From that era, a live performance of “Bad Moon Rising”
From 1970, a great video of Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall – Entire set
From a TV show, most likely 1970, CCR performing “Proud Mary”
Here’s 8+ minutes of CCR in Oakland 1970
CCR live doing the rave up “Traveling Band”
From KQED, CCR live doing “Traveling Band”
These are the original audio-only studio versions of some of their big ones!
The first big one! “Susie Q”
From his solo career post-CCR,an audio-only version of Tom live doing “Lodi”
We’ll close this tribute with an audio-only set in order from his first solo album, "Tom Fogerty."
For a great encore, we’ll go back to an entire 49 minute show of CCR performing live at the 1970 Royal Albert Hall Concert
RIP Tom. Sorry you died too young from a medical screw-up, and sorry things melted down so badly with CCR. But when you flew, you flew to the top!
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson