The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #80987 Message #1481801
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
10-May-05 - 02:14 PM
Thread Name: Dave Van Ronk book
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk book
I heard Judy Collins at the Bitter End, very early on in her career. As it turned out, Theodore Bikel came that night to hear her and sat at my table. Like every other full-blooded male, I immediately fell in love with her. She was the whole package... a wonderful, warm performer, a beautiful woman with a stunning voice. This was before she became a folk diva and was still doing mostly traditional folk.
I thought that Odetta was an enormously powerful singer, but at that time she had a very limited repertoire that she was performing. I reached a point where I really didn't want to hear Water Boy any more.
That may just have been her management trying to plug her early albums, but I felt that was a limitation in her music. I also would have liked to hear a wider range in delivery than she was presenting at that time. I haven't really heard her much in later years .. never "live", or even on record. She might have become much more multi-dimensional since then.
One of the singers who impressed me most was Fred Neil. He was an amazing singer, and a very approachable person. Like most of the performers at that time, he was very happy to receive kind words and would sit down and talk with a stranger, if someone approached him.
He seemed to be a major talent that got lost in the shuffle. I'm glad that they re-issued some of his material. At the time I heard him, he didn't have an album out, but had cut a couple of 45 rpms. That sounds funny to me now. Who wuld expect to hear a folk song by a little known singer, on a juke box? He never seemed to carry any around for sale, so I don't know what became of them..