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Melanie Safka

Melanie Safka

or as we all know her as simply

Melanie

Happy birthday to you!
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 Safka
“(When I heard about Woodstock) I very naively, I said “Wow. That sounds nice: three days of peace, love and music.” What I pictured was families laid out on their blankets, and it being in a big pasture, and being very laid back. Maybe some arts and crafts and maybe some pottery, and I could get some beads and stuff. That’s how I pictured it.” (from http://popcultureaddict.com/interviews/melanie/)

 

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 Safka

Melanie Safka

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.
Melanie Safka
Melanie and her son Beau-Jarred
Reference >>> Melanie site
Reference >>> WoodsTALK
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November Music et al

November Music et al

I don't' have exact dates to attach to this music or these events, but Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Love, Melanie, & Van Morrison all have something  happening during November. Plus a few extras.

Ravi Shankar

In 1962 Ravi Shankar released his 3rd album, Improvisations. He released his first  at age 17 in 1937.

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Jimi Hendrix and Billy Cox meet

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Jimi Hendrix and Billy Cox in the Army
November 1961, Hendrix met fellow serviceman Billy Cox. He was walking past the service club and heard Hendrix playing guitar inside. Cox, intrigued by the proficient playing, which he described as a combination of "John Lee Hooker and Beethoven", immediately checked-out a bass guitar and the two began to jam. Soon after, they began performing at the base clubs on the weekends with other musicians in a loosely organized band called the Casuals.

Love

Forever Changes
November 1967: Love released its classic album, Forever Changes.  It is considered by many (including me!) to be one of the greatest albums EVER!

Melanie

Born To Be
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Melanie’s Born To Be album cover
November 1968: Melanie (age 21) released her first album, Born to Be.

Van Morrison

 Astral Weeks
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Van Morrison at the Band’s Last Waltz
November 1968: Van Morrison released  the classic album, Astral Weeks. Even better than Love's Forever Changes. I've never heard this album enough.

Steppenwolf

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Monster

In November, 1969,  Steppenwolf released the album Monster contained epic song by same name.
 

LSD

In November 1967, authorities released Ken Kesey and he moved to Oregon. (LSD see February 4, 1968; KK, see November 10, 2001)

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