or as we all know her as simply
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born February 3, 1947
Raised in the New York metropolitan area, Melanie Safka loved performing music from childhood. She eventually, as so many others had, found herself in Greenwich Village and its folk scene.
She signed with Buddah Records and in 1968 released released her first album, "Born to Be." From it, she had the hit single Bobo's Party. It was #1 on French charts.
Her name (just Melanie, of course) came to prominence after her Woodstock Music and Art Fair's performance. The event inspired her to write "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" because of the many lighter, matches, and candles the crowd there used during her nighttime set.
Melanie performing "Birthday of the Sun" at Woodstock. This video was taken from a laser disk of "Woodstock: The Lost Performances", which is now out of publication. In the closing credits, Melanie is listed as "Melanie Schekeryk" (her married name).
Even though Woodstock brought her a measure of fame, Melanie never became famous outside her large circle of loving fans. In 1976 she played at the Bottom Line in New York and New York Times music critic headline said: Melanie Is a Complete Delight at Bottom Line. The lead sentence stated that: Melanie is now 29 years old, and she's been around since before Woodstock. She has her fans, but she is hardly a big star; for most rock enthusiasts. (click/tap >>> NYT article)
Melanie continues her career as a musician. She's released dozens of albums and compilations and singles.
Her site talks about her upcoming dates: "An Evening with Melanie is an unforgettable night of songs and stories from the incredible career of the artist who became known as “The Female Bob Dylan”. Accompanied by her son Beau-Jarred, a talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist in his own right, the show is a musical journey from that momentous day in the summer of 1969, to the present.
Reference >>> Melanie site Reference >>> WoodsTALK
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