Singers, Performers, Songwriters, Songs, Lyrics that I will never forget that nourished my soul, stirred creativity, affirmed beliefs, provided comfort, encouraged anger, inspired, gave another voice to the love within…
Phil Ochs Watch the entire PBS American Masters episode on Phil who didn’t truly recognize his value, his penetrating lyrics, his enduring role as a spokesman for many of my generation.
Joan Baez: The entire PBS American Masters episode isn’t available yet to view
Eve of Destruction-Barry McGuire
Universal Soldier-Written/performed by Buffy Sainte-Marie
For What It’s Worth-Buffalo Springfield
A Change Is Gonna Come-Sam Cooke
Jimmy Newman-Tom Paxton
Beautiful People-Melanie- I remember seeing Melanie at Carnegie Hall and on each seat was a pin that said, “I am a Beautiful People, Too.”
**Recent article on TIM HARDIN, a must read!
If I Were a Carpenter-Tim Hardin (Bobby Darin had a huge hit with his cover.)
Simple Song of Freedom (written by the great peformer, Bobby Darin) and covered by Tim Hardin (Bobby Darin had a hit with Tim’s “If I Were a Carpenter” and Tim returned the favor by recording Bobby’s song
Thirsty Boots-Eric Andersen
Close the Door Lightly When You Go-Eric Andersen
Violets of Dawn-Eric Andersen
Many a Mile-Patrick Sky
Separation Blues-Patrick Sky
Ira Hayes-Written by Peter LaFarge and performed by several artist-Here’s the cover I know by Patrick Sky. This song is based on a real person, Ira Hayes. Here is a photo of Ira Hayes and a cover by Johnny Cash. Here’s information on Ira Hayes from Arlington National Cemetery. Here’s an article on Peter LaFarge, the songwriter (there are loud ads on this site, so turn volume down:
Pack Up Your Sorrows performed by Mimi & Dick Farina with Pete Seeger: Mimi (Joan Baez’s younger sis) and then hubby Dick on Pete’s show. Did you ever read Dick’s book, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me?
He Was a Friend of Mine performed by a younger Dave Van Ronk.
Morning Glory by the Late Tim Buckley, Ah Tim, Why’d you have to leave us so soon?????
The Road to Travel Written/performed by Bert Sommer, another young soul gone much too early! A timeless song, timeless sentiments, timeless struggles.
The Child’s Song performed by the unbelievable Tom Rush and written by Murray McLauchlan. I always related to this song having an older brother caught up in the some of the negative aspects of the 60s. Always brings tears to my eyes.
Mr. Bojangles written and performed by Jerry Jeff Walker whom I saw several times in the Village. For those outside of NYC, I mean Greenwich Village. This is such a beautiful song made famous by Sammy Davis, Jr, a multi-talented, one-of-a-kind performer. Here’s another great cover by David Bromberg.
Dink’s Song performed by Carolyn Hester. Many years ago, I took singing lessons with Ed McCurdy, who wrote “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream,” on the Upper West Side and “Dink’s Song” is one of the songs he taught me which I still love. He also taught me “Last Night…” Ed was a big loveable guy, loud, opinionated and a great singing teacher.
Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream performed at a 1971 rally in Washington, D.C. by John Denver, I was there!
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho and Blind Man Stood on the Road performed by Josh White and includes Josh White speaking about the songs!