by Robert Wilkinson
Today’s the birthday of one of the world’s favorite folk singers in the 1970s! She had a few gigantic hits, and we have some great videos!
Melanie Safka-Schekeryk (February 3, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter. Besides being a free spirit who still performs to this day, along the way she followed Meher Baba for a while, and according to Wikipedia had a life-changing experience in 2006 with Ammachi, the "hugging saint" from India, which inspired Melanie to write "Motherhood of Love."
We begin our birthday celebration with Melanie’s powerful tribute to what she experienced when she played Woodstock! Here she’s backed by Edwin and his Singers, live in 1970 on Dutch tv, takin’ us to church with "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)"
Here are videos of Woodstock set to the tune! "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)"
From back in the day, a live television performance of “Brand New Key”
This is an interesting clip, part documentary, part performance. About 2 minutes in, we are treated to her appearance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival performing "Look What They've Done to my Song." And in a nod to this incredible voice, here's a video of Melanie performing her greatest hit at the 2010 IOW Festival, "Lay Down (Candles In the Rain)"
From 1971 on Ed Sullivan, Melanie cranks out another of her hits, this one originally written by a couple of guys you’ll know! “Ruby Tuesday”
From 1976 on the Mike Douglas Show, Melanie groovin’ easy with “The Nickel Song”
Also from 1976, her performance at the tribute to Phil Ochs of “Chords of Fame”
We’ll close this brief tribute with a clip from July 1978, where she’s back on the Mike Douglas Show performing “Knock on Wood” and “Look What They’ve Done” with Tony Bennett (the music begins about 3 minutes into the show).
For the encore, of course! Back to the first clip of her live performance on Dutch tv with the Edwin Hawkins Singers, cranking out the powerful "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)"
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