What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.

Monday, March 16, 2020

By The Time We Got Around to Exploiting Woodstock

Some bands that appeared at Woodstock came from obscurity and returned to obscurity after the festival.  Some were able to use their showcase at Woodstock as a springboard to stardom.

Here's an obscure one......

Bert Sommer.   He went on third after Richie Havens and Sweetwater.  You remember one of them from his appearance in the movie - right?  How about the other.

So Bert goes on third on the opening 'folk day.'  As accounts have it, he received the first standing ovation after performing Simon and Garfunkel's America.  No film exists because his bow tie was not a camera.

Bert was managed by Artie Kornfeld which is how he got to the festival in the first place.    He wrote a song about the festival. It was not stardust.  It was not golden.

Bert Sommer - It's a Beautiful Day/We're All Playing in the Same Band (Eleuthera 1970)

He went on to join Captain Kool and The Kongs for kids TV.

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