I'll tell you 'bout a little known group who were fairly popular in Norway named "The Immigrants". Nobody knows about them today.
Bernie Krause who replaced me in the Weavers was little-known but quite good. He became well-known as a producer for Paul Beaver (of synthesizer fame).
How bout Dave Sears (who sounded alot like Pete Seeger) as well as Joe Jaffe from the NY area?
Anyone hear of Effie Siegerman? (NY) Moved to Australia I think.
Moe Hirsch was a great guitar-banjo- picker from U of Chicago but little-known in New York. (Became math prof).
Red Parham and "Crazy" George Pegram from Statesville N.C. were mainstays on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Asheville Folk Festival. Great performers and the real deal.
Sonja Savig sang Norwegian folk songs and performed well in NY and NE.
How 'bout the bass players? Tom Lee, father of Spike Lee accompanied Odetta and Josh White. Wilbur Ware (known in be-bop jazz circles accompanied folk acts). So did Chuck Israels who is better known for his work with Bill Evans, great jazz pianist.
"Buckwheat" used to play with Bud and Travis.
Art Thieme and I would agree that Bill Chipman was one of the best around of trad. country singers.
What about Rick and Lorraine Lee who I knew in Boston? Lorraine (a formidable lap dulcimer player is now Lorraine Hammond and Rick played a mean banjo and piano.
Howie Burston, great banjo player married to Sally Rogers.
Do Kate and Livingston Taylor of the James Taylor family count as lesser-knowns?
Katie Lee from Arizona, (cowboy songs, southwest folk music)
Ruthie Gordon from Appalachian area wrote some great songs.
Shlomo Carlbach is well-known in Jewish circles but was lesser-known in the folk area.
For that matter, Henry Zapotnik...same as Shlomo Carlbach.
Tony Schwartz should qualify as the collector of the famous unfamous "Moondog" on the streets of New York.
Gil (can't remember his last name but wrote songs for Broadside with Dylan, Paxton and Len Chandler.
Rick Epping, folk harmonica virtuoso from LA
Here in GA, Colonel Bruce Hampton (kinda' folk rock)
Lynn Gold (LA but now residing in Fla.)
Derroll Adams, the "banjoman" who I knew in LA and performed with Jack Elliott in Europe. Known well in Belgium, Amsterdam etc. but not in the US.
My old buddy Dave Zeitlin who plays a beautiful folk guitar and had a rich tenor voice now teaches at McCabe's Guitar Shop in LA.
Marcia Berman and Patty Zeitlin (formerly married to Dave) have written lovely children songs and are folkies from the 60's.
Arkansas Red lives in Eureka Springs, AK and is a great banjo-picker, guitar-player and folksinger. He still does it...goin' strong.
Micheal Miles (better known in banjo circles) from Chicago...beautiful clawhammer stylist.
Sis Cunningham (editor of Broadside) trad Appalachian and topical songwriter
Bess Hawes should be better known than she is (Alan Lomax's sister who in my view is as significant in some ways as Alan). Educator, banjo-picker and singer. With the Almanacs.
Tom Glaser...was pretty well-known at the time.
Wade White, a great slide-guitar blues player from North Carolina...not known today.
Clabe Hangan from San Bernadino California...African American performer..great.
Did anyone mention Robin Roberts? She sang Celtic songs and was part of Vanguard Records or was it Electra?
My friend Elise Witt is a fine folk singer and performer from GA.
Does anyone remember Pat Foster?
Freddie Gerlach played 12 string guitar and studied Leadbelly.
Jean, I remember Peter Carbone of Bleeker Street. Worked on my instruments.
Jim Rooney from Boston, played left-handed (like Bill Staines) and did trad. country.
Mike Melford also produced trad. country played mandolin.
Joe Klee played Uke and sang songs. Later became a jazz critic for Mississippi Rag.
Osborne Smith, African-American performer sang rich baritone and played percussion in the Chicago area.
Mike Settle worked with Kenny Rogers in the "First Edition". He wrote some good songs.
Eric Schoenberg is a great finger-picking player who is now making guitars on the West Coast.
Not many of you knew Al Grierson but I think he was one of the best writers around, died tragically in a flood in Texas.
Was it Micheal Strange, the actor who put out the record of Robin Hood ballads for I think Elecktra?
Of course Billy Strange played guitar with Glenn Campbell in the "Folkswingers".
Jimmy MacDonald was an African-American singer/performer from New York. I remember Bob Gibson, Mary Travers, Jimmy and I went to Philly to sing at a coffee-house in the dead of night.
"Lingo The Drifter" did "Ramblin' Jack/ Sandy Pinckney. Lingo from Colo. area I think.
Mike Bloomfield? Did I mention him? Sort of famous later as a blues guitarist.
Little Brother Montgomery was a fairly well-known blues pianist and songwriter from Chicago. Played with Willie Dixon.
Patti (Reagan) Davis played coffee-houses throughout the Seventies in LA and Santa Barbara. She was probably around during the Sixties.
Snooks Eaglin, great New Orleans bluesman and singer.
Hedy West, can't forget her. How well-known she was I guess is debatable but great banjo-pickin' gal and singer.
Some of these folks you might have heard of, some not.
It would be a great thread to do: "Where are they now?"