by Robert Wilkinson
Today is the birthday of Graham Nash, founding member of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, as well as my old friend Richard Hardy, a gifted woodwind player!
First, Graham Nash. I saw Graham Nash with David Crosby and Steven Stills in 2012, and they were awesome! Now old men compared to how young they were at Woodstock, they still put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen, and the thousands there with us roared over and over and over. The 60s may have left the building a long time ago, but the flame still burns in the hearts of millions, if that show was any indication.
All three have been playing professionally for over 50 years. They’ve been a team for the last 43, and though Steven Stills (Jan 3, 1945) and David Crosby (Aug 14, 1941) have had their share of medical problems, they still rock!
Graham Nash (Feb 2, 1942) co-founded the Hollies with Allan Clarke, cracked the big time in the first British Invasion, and never looked back. With their ringing guitars and vocal harmonies, the Hollies were a vibrant sound, and gave us some memorable tunes!
Welcome to the British Invasion, where it’s obvious the Beatles set the performing style of the day! Here’s a VERY young Graham Nash and the Hollies very live and at their best at the NME, looking sharp performing their first hit “Just One Look”
From the BBC “Top of the Pops” television show in 1964, here they’re lip-synching “Just One Look”
Here’s a fantastic performance on Shindig in 1965 complete with the very choreographed Shindig dancers doing their second major hit “I’m Alive”
Here's a live performance with the original studio version overdubbed on the video footage. But it's still the Hollies performing "I'm Alive"
This is a great one! Very much live at the London Palladium in March 1965, the Hollies performing their huge hit “Look Through Any Window”
From 1966 at the Beat Club, another live Hollies performance of “Look Through Any Window”
From Hullabaloo (1965-66) with Graham and the Hollies lip-synching “Look Through Any Window”
From the Beat Club in 1966, the Hollies live performing “I Can’t Let Go”
Also from 1966, a lip synched music video of the Hollies doing “I Can’t Let Go”
These next three all look to be from their performance on the German “Beat Beat Beat” television show in 1967 (though one date code says 1968). Anyway, here are the Hollies very live doing three of their biggest!
From 1966 Top of the Pops, the Hollies lip-synching to “Bus Stop”
Here’s the original audio-only studio version of their 1967 hit “Pay You Back With Interest”
After finding the two clips above, I found the entire 1968 show in Croatia! We’ll close this Hollies chapter of Graham’s life with a great 30 minute performance on Croatian television of the Hollies live in 1968! The Hollies in Croatia 1968 (The first song is a magnificent illustration of harmonizing a la the Everly Brothers!)
Now for Crosby, Still, Nash, and (occasionally) Young! The first batch are songs written by Graham.
From very early in their career, a live acoustic performance of one of their most loved tunes written by Graham Nash, the immortal “Teach Your Children”
From Graham's mid-60s trip to Morocco where he states he went in search of the big one and found (and smoked) it! “Marrakesh Express”
From 1974, with Neil Young, “Our House”
Also from 1974 at Wembley, CSN&Y doing Graham’s “Immigration Man” and “Military Madness”
This is just as powerful as it was years ago! Written by Graham Nash in response to an Amerikan gross miscarriage of justice, the rallying cry of "Chicago."
The very beautiful "Wasted On The Way"
From a more recent era, “Just A Song Before I Go”
The next few tunes were written by David Crosby during his CS&N tenure, so enjoy these great live performances!
From the first Crosby, Stills, and Nash album, “Guinevere”
From 1969, here’s an interesting live performance by CSN&Y on the Tom Jones television show! Tom takes the lead vocals on “Long Time Gone”
From 2009 in Glastonbury, “Long Time Gone”
From 1974, the legendary tune David wrote with Stills and the great Paul Kantner, “Wooden Ships”
A live acoustic performance in 1991 gives us a great version of “Déjà Vu”
Here’s a performance bootlegged from Rome 2010 with a very electric almost jazzed out version of “Déjà Vu.” This is similar to the arrangement they did when I saw them a few months ago.
In this clip, they look almost exactly as they did in the recent show. From Madison Square Gardens in 2009, “Almost Cut My Hair”
The song that blew the doors down and let the world know a new style of music had arrived! Steven Stills’ masterpiece, “Suite Judy Blue Eyes”
Another early clip of some incredible harmonies! Here's Steven's “Helplessly Hoping”
From the 2009 Madison Square Garden concert, the iconic Joni Mitchell song from their second album, “Woodstock”
Steven's “Southern Cross”
The amazing Stephen Stills' tune, "Find The Cost of Freedom"
I’ll digress a little with this these next two gems. First, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young live at the Fillmore East in the Summer of 1970 doing a fabulous acoustic version of Neil’s Buffalo Springfield classic “On The Way Home.”
Then from Toronto in 2000, we have the 4 together doing an extremely electric version of “Ohio”
(If you don’t know the importance of this song, please reference A Day of Infamy 43 Years Ago Today)
Here are Steven Stills and Graham Nash live in an acoustic duo set on “Rock and Roll Tonite” in 1983 doing an exquisite set of “Change Partners,” “4 + 20,” and “Crossroads”
Here’s an entire 1 hour 26 minute live acoustic concert in 1991 at the Bill Graham memorial concert in San Francisco! Crosby, Stills, and Nash – The Acoustic Concert
We’ll close this celebration of joyous music with a long set from “Unplugged” in 1990. I saw them in Austin on this tour, and they really were fantastic! For your enjoyment, the joyous harmonies of one of the best groups ever to sing a note. And if you find yourselves smiling or tapping your foot, you’re in the company of millions!!
For our encore, a great score! Here’s the entire 3 hour concert at Wembley in September 1974, filmed for your enjoyment! Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – Live at Wembley in 1974
Spreading a huge vibe of peace and love 43 years after the end of the 60s is a great way to live, and an awesome legacy to leave the world. As your occasional bandmate is known to sing, “Long May You Run.” You are loved by millions!
Also, a big Happy Birthday shout out to two more amazing talents, one you've heard of and one you need to hear. Today is also the birthday of the brilliant comedian, composer, and musician Tommy Smothers (February 2, 1937) and one of the truly talented woodwind and flute players alive, my dear friend Richard Hardy (Feb 2, 1952).
Here’s how good he is! I found Carole King’s “One to One” live 1982 television show when she was backed by one smokin’ band! This is an outstanding lineup of Richard Hardy on sax and flutes, with Mark Hallman and Robert McEntee on guitar and vocals, Eric Johnson as guest lead guitarist, Reese Wynans on keyboards, Charles Larkey on bass, Steve Meador on drums, and Christopher Dennis on percussion. Richard, Mark, and Robert all played together in the band “Navarro” way back when, they’re still giving us great music to this day!
For your dancing enjoyment, here’s RH wailing on sax cranking out “Jazzman”
From the same live gig, another great rocker with Carole singing out front and Richard, Robert, Mark and the guys delivering! “I Feel the Earth Move”
All this is from the “One to One” concert video. We continue with Carol on piano and RH on flute doing “Been to Canaan”
From the same gig, this one features a guest appearance of another old friend of mine, the guitar Master Eric Johnson, on “One to One”
And if you want to see the entire one hour “One to One” television concert from 1982, I found a link to the whole show! “Jazzman,” “Smackwater Jack,” and “One Fine Day” absolutely smoke! Take an hour and enjoy yourself! These are some of the most danceable tunes ever offered up to the Great American Songbook!Carole King’s “One to One” television concert
If you doubt that you should stick around, here’s the set list, and she wrote them all – “Jazzman,” “Tapestry,” “Locomotion,” “Lookin' out for Number One,” “Take Good Care Of My Baby,” “It Might As Well Rain Until September,” “Smackwater Jack,” “Hey Girl,” “One Fine Day,” “Chains,” “Up On The Roof,” “I Feel The Earth Move,” “So Far Away,” “It's A War,” “One To One,” “Natural Woman,” and “You've Got A Friend.” Wow! And Richard is all over this show!
Here’s some of Richard's recent work with Larisa Stow and Shakti Tribe. We begin with 9 minutes of Shakti Fest 2012 and from 2010, here they are doing Amba. We'll close this Shakti set with 11 minutes in 2011 with Richard, Larisa, and the Shakti Tribe doing "Peacemaker."
Richard's flutes are transcendent on the albums of the great John Adorney. For a couple of samplers from the mega-selling talent, here's the hauntingly beautiful "Dance of the Moon and Stars" and the equally memorable "As My Heart Desires."
From November 2011, here’s Richard in a great flute duet! Richard Hardy and Marti Walker Sacred Flutes in Venice
I found a live concert experience in 2007 with RH playing flutes and woodwinds with Peter Sterling and Fitz-Hugh Jenkins on guitar performing "Live Arabian Nights."
For an encore, I leave you with something from the Galaxy Theater in 2011. Here's Richard playing sax with the Maykers on the great Jimmy Cliff soundtrack tune “The Harder They Fall” followed by a very soulful sound where they're groovin' on the One with "Promised Land"
For a great picture and brief bio of Richard Hardy, here’s Richard Hardy
You can also catch his transcendent musical work on the soundtrack for the I Max movie "Everest," where his playing is out of this world! And by all means, keep an eye out for the Shakti Tribe. Happy Birthday, RH!
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