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Richard Bernard Halligan

Richard Bernard Halligan


“Dick” Halligan

Happy birthday
August 29, 1943

Richard Bernard Halligan

from Dick Halligan’s one man show: Man overboard

Richard Bernard Halligan

Most fans might recognize Richard Bernard Halligan simply as Dick Halligan and Dick Halligan as an original member of the the original Blood Sweat and Tears. Their first album is the classic Child Is Father To the Man. On the cover, Halligan stands to the back left of the group with his arm around his young twin homunculus.

Richard Bernard Halligan

Halligan remained with the group until 1972. Though mainly a trombonist, he also contributed keyboards, horns, flute, and backing vocals.


Halligan was part of the group that played the Woodstock Music and Art Fair on day three though unless your name was David-Clayton Thomas you were not likely to be seen in the movie clips that exist of that performance.

Post Blood few tears

Halligan is a lifer musician and has been a part of much music. Sometimes movies:
  • Go Tell the Spartan (1978)
  • Cheaper to Keep Her (1981)
  • Fear City (1984)
  • A Force of One (1979)
  • The Octagon (1980).

And often other things. From his site:

Richard Bernard Halligan

I am not sure how up to date the listings above are as they seem to end in the early part of this century which is already a long time ago.

According to Wikipedia, "As of 2006 he is active as a composer and performer for various types of music, including jazz and chamber music. In 2011 and 2012 he has been developing and performing an autobiographical one-man show entitled Musical Being. An early title for it was Man Overboard.

His daughter, Shana Halligan, is vocalist of trip hop duo Bitter:Sweet."

Shana has a very nice voice. Perhaps she'll sing happy birthday to her dad today with Bitter:Sweet. That would be nice.

Or maybe she'll just show up at your house to sing a song?




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Jerry Hyman

Jerry Hyman

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Blood, Sweat and Tears
Woodstock alum
Jerry Hyman
Dr Jerry Hyman and his trombone
             Jerry Hyman was born on May 19, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY. I suppose some other people were, too. And I suppose some of them became musicians.  I'm pretty sure that none followed the same path, though.

             Jerry Hyman joined Blood, Sweat and Tears after their first album, Child Is Father To the Man in time for their second album, the 1968 Blood, Sweat & Tears.

             He played trombone for them from 1968–1970, a time period that enabled him to play at the  Woodstock Music and Art Fair. 

             As broad and deep (and questionable) as the internet is, Jerry Hyman's story is a seemingly well-kept one. And that's fine.

             Luckily, there is a long interview [Interview link] with him that is also linked to from Dr Jerry Hyman's page [Dr Jerry]. Yes, I said "Dr" and that's another part of the story.
             Hyman's first musical instrument was the accordion.  In my 1950s grammar school I remember that classmates that played an instrument often played the accordion. I suppose it was viewed as a portable keyboard before there were portable keyboards.

             In any case, Hyman moved to the trombone, another less-than-popular instrument but one he had a facility for. It was that instrument that led him to salsa bands and believe me there aren't many more fun events to be at than a party with a salsa band.

             Jerry became friends with Dick Halligan, another trombone player, and Halligan offerd Hyman a spot in a new band, Blood Sweat and Tears. Hyman wasn't ready for that scene and declined. He didn't pass on the second offer.
             Life became a much busier one. Besides attending the famous Woodstock Music and Art Fair, there were Grammys, hit records, hit albums, and touring. ""We traveled 250-plus days a year doing one-nighters."

             From the outside such a life my seem like one happy glorious continuous party and likely one of those adjectives was sometimes true, but such a life takes its toll and if one has the strength it takes a strong will to walk away.

             "I think I had had enough," he says. "I had seen the experience for what it was. I had learned about, shall we say, the art of artifice. It was time for me to follow my heart and my nose. That was a grand experience because it enabled me in essence to get here."


Jerry Hyman

             After BS & T, Jerry worked in a Pennsylvania antique shop and later LA studios.

             Then Bell's palsy hit. Three times in 10 years. The disease prevented him from playing the trombone.

             Luckily he hurt his back and went to a chiropractor. Luckily because as hesitant as he was at first to try methods outside the traditional medical school science, the treatment he received helped.
             In 1983 he was graduated as a doctor of chiropractic from the Cleveland Chiropractic College-Los Angeles.

             In the early 2000s he began working with musicians whose muscle pain issues he could relate to.

             While attached to the life that LA offered, he and his wife Carol wanted something different. After searching they found New Hampshire, its coast, its art scene, and a way of life that appealed. That is where they are today and where Dr Jerry Hyman, chiropractor, helps heal.
             For him, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was a long time ago ("...shortly after the first Crimean War, yes?") and royalties from his music don't seem to know he moved.  

             As Jerry Hyman says, 'Vive Bene, Spesso L’amore, Di Risata Molto'
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Steve Katz

Steve Katz

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Sometimes In Winter”  Nanuet (NY) Public Library June 7, 2015

steve katz from his site

Steve Katz was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 9, 1945. His music career began in in the late 50s when he appeared on a local Schenectady, New York television program called Teenage Barn. Accompanied by piano, Steve sang hits of the day such as “Tammy” and “April Love."

Like so many young musicians of the early 60s, Steve Katz gravitated to Greenwich Village. There he listened to and played with others such as Dave Van Ronk ("The Mayor of MacDougal Street"), Stefan Grossman, Maria D'Amato (to be Maria Muldaur), David Grisman, and John Sebastian. With a number of those and others, he would become part of the Even Dozen Jug Band (Wikipedia entry) which released on album. A guitarist among many guitarists, Katz played washboard.
           Next came the Danny Kalb Quartet. Still not confident enough as a guitar player, he kept his amp turned down low for the audition and passed. Soon Al Kooper joined the band and it became Blues Project.

           It was the music of Blues Project that I first heard Katz. I had never heard music like that or an album, Projections, like that. It was so different than anything I'd heard, it sometimes confused me. Yes rock and roll. No, not rock and roll. It was also likely the first time I'd heard electric blues, albeit, white electric blues. "Caress me baby...you can make love to me like the soft summer breeze." More than just hair-raising music. ("There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear" spoke to much more than just some Sunset Blvd event.)

           The next thing I knew, Blue Project had become Blood, Sweat and Tears and Child is Father to the Man became another album that I couldn't stop listening to and often wondering what the hell I was listening to.

           Even without Al Kooper for BST's second album, Katz was there and all was fine. Not so much blues, but all that jazzy brass opened up new doors for my ears.

Steve Katz

           And then things faded. Certainly Steve was still around, but I could't seem to find his oasis. 

           His path occasionally crossed with Kooper's, but Katz found himself as an engineer and producer. One of the most famous albums he produded was Lou Reed's Rock N' Roll Animal. A secret Katz recently revealed in his autobiography, Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ‘n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star?was that the great audience sound on that album was not from the Reed show. Technical issues resulted in a poor quality sound for the audience, so Katz "borrowed" an audience sound from another RCA record artist: John Denver.  Apparently Reed died never knowing.

           You will see Steve Katz's name all over rock and roll:
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • McKendree Spring
  • Dion
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Elliot Murphy
  • Horselips
  • David Sanborn
  • Quincy Jones
  • Carol King
  • Stephen Bishop
  • Jon Anderson
  • Jaco Pastorius
  • Donovan
  • The Who
  • Danny Kalb
  • George Harrison

Steve Katz

           Steve Katz continues to play music and promote his wife Alison Palmer's ceramic art. According to his site, "As time passed, Alison’s craft achieved popularity and recognition. Alison and Steve soon found that they had a thriving small business. Steve still performs [and]...is a professional photographer...."
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