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Subject: Bert Sommers
From: MARINER
Date: 16 Mar 05 - 05:33 PM

I've just been watching the DVD "Woodstock Diary". The subject being the famous Woodstock Festival of '69. I was intrigued to see one artist that I had never previously heard of. That person being Bert Sommers. She, for it appears it is a she, is a fine singer. Does anyone know whatever became of her?. Is she the only "great unknown" to have played Woodstock? And on an associated topic, is Henry McCullogh the only Irishman to play the same gig?


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Feb 06 - 07:37 PM

im pretty sure bert sommers was a fair looking man.


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Feb 06 - 07:58 PM

All I can find on him was that he was in Hair.


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: GUEST
Date: 14 May 06 - 06:18 PM

i wanna know the lyric of the bert sommers song- jennifer


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: Peace
Date: 14 May 06 - 09:20 PM

"The androgynous Bert Sommers sings the lovely Jennifer (a song he is lucky wasn't stolen by the Monkees, it sounds so right for Davy Jones)" from the www

DVD here.


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: Peace
Date: 14 May 06 - 09:30 PM

Google

BertSommer.com


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: Peace
Date: 14 May 06 - 09:34 PM

Enter the site and go to the bottom of the page. Click on the music bluie. Good rocker as well as fine voice.


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: Peace
Date: 14 May 06 - 09:41 PM

Also, if you click the woodstock bluie, you can hear the song "Jennifer" and maybe get the words from there.

Have a good day.


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: GUEST,Wesley S
Date: 14 May 06 - 10:13 PM

It seems he was a former member of "The Left Banke" - Remember the songs "Walk Away Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina" ?


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers / Bert Sommer
From: Peace
Date: 15 May 06 - 12:43 PM

"Walk Away Renee" was great. Still love that song.


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Subject: ADDPOP: Jennifer (Bert Sommer)
From: Uschaurischuum
Date: 22 May 06 - 05:22 PM

this little article is written by Uschaurischuum, who's living in Germany, so please, don't be too much surprised about my kind of writing.
I was very impressed, watching Bert Sommer's performance in the movie "Woodstock Diaries", I've also thought, Bert is a girl who liked to use a boys first name.

For someone who's used to speak the german language, the first sentence of the song is really hard to understand. But I love the song, and so I've tried to write it down. I'm sure, there are mistakes in the way, I've wrote it. I would be very happy, if someone, who knows it better than I do, would correct it at this place.
When the first sentence is translated into german, it's making sence, but I guess it sounds oldfashioned in both languages:

JENNIFER
(Bert Sommer)

Jennifer's heaven for genial outstay
skin shining white as a dove,
lying beside her I melted away
into her river of love

I'm lost in amaze,
counting the ways that she smiles
time is slipping away
lost in the arms of her love
so gentle and wild

Jennifer's something you
handle with care,
fragile as crystals of glass,
Jennifer's lips are as soft as the air
kissing her here in the grass

I'm lost in amaze,
counting the ways that she smiles,
and time is slipping away,
lost in the arms of her love,
so gentle and wild

Jennifer's heaven for genial outstay
skin shining white as a dove,
lying beside her I melted away
into her river of love
into her river of love
into her river of love
into her river of love


Love & Light, Uschaurischuum
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biWT-H_-f-Q&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers / Bert Sommer
From: GUEST,yian
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 05:51 PM

the translation is wery good, mutch more better than mine.... but I found the right one,strange but true, on the top of this page: http://www.xanga.com/InternationalTribalOfferings enyoy it ;)


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Subject: ADDPOP: Jennifer (Bert Sommer)
From: Peace
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 07:37 PM

From the site yian posted.

JENNIFER
(Bert Sommer)

Jennifer's heaven, for Jenny I'd stay
Skin shining white as a dove
lying beside her I melted away
into her river of love

Whoa, I'm lost in a maze counting the ways that she smiles
time is slipping away,
lost in the arms of her love
so gentle and wild

Jennifer's something you handle with care
fragile as crystals of glass
Jennifer's lips are as soft as the air
kissing her here in the grass

Whoa, I'm lost in a maze
counting the ways that she smiles
time is slipping away
lost in the arms of her love
so gentle and wild

Jennifer's heaven, for Jenny I'd stay
skin shining white as a dove
lying beside her I melted away
into her river of love
into her river of love
into her river of love


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers / Bert Sommer
From: Peace
Date: 13 Jun 06 - 07:39 PM

Great work y'all.


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers / Bert Sommer
From: Uschaurischuum
Date: 14 Jun 06 - 04:50 AM

I want to thank all of you. Interesting, it seems, a lot of people all over the world are rediscovering Bert Sommers old song these days. Is it Zeitgeisti ?


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers / Bert Sommer
From: GUEST,yian
Date: 21 Jun 06 - 08:09 AM

these should be the guitar tabs of the song if somebody likes to play it :) bye bye

Jennifer
D          C          G          D
Jennifer's heaven, for jenny I'd stay
D            C          D
Skin shining white as a dove
D    C            G       D
lying beside her I melted away
D       C         D         Dm
into her river of love


Dm         C
Whoa, I'm lost in a maze
G                           A
counting the ways that she smiles
Dm      C
time is slipping away, yeah
G                      C
lost in the arms of her love
               D
so gentle and wild


D          C             G            D
Jennifer's something you handle with care
D          C            D
fragile as crystals of glass
D          C          G          D
Jennifers lips are as soft as the air
D          C            D
kissing her here in the grass


Dm         C
Whoa, I'm lost in a maze
G                           A
counting the ways that she smiles
Dm          C
and time is slipping away, yeah
G                        C
lost in the arms of her love
               D
so gentle and wild


D          C          G          D
Jennifer's heaven, for jenny I'd stay
D             C                D
skin shining white as a dove
D      C            G      D
lying beside her I melted away
D       C         D
into her river of love
into her river of love
into her river of love


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers / Bert Sommer
From: GUEST,George
Date: 21 Jun 06 - 12:40 PM

I've got his third album, wild cover, that's why I got it, a bargain bin buy. Good voice but the arrangements were a bit much and the song Magic Elixir was just over the top. Not a bad take at Battle of New Orleans though. Now I've dug the thing out, it's gonna get played......


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers / Bert Sommer
From: GUEST,Renate
Date: 27 Jun 06 - 12:02 PM

i really wished more people had seen the woodstock diarys, so they could gett to listen to some of the greatest songs, preformances and artist thats ever been.
and thank you to the person who typed the chords. i was looking for them, thats how i ended up in here :)

-Renate-


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers / Bert Sommer
From: GUEST,Knippe
Date: 04 Aug 06 - 06:49 AM

Really love that song, Jennifer.. Is there any bert sommer album worth buying? Thoes Jennifer sound as good on the album as it does live? Thanks for the tab, been playing it all the time, drives people mad...


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers / Bert Sommer
From: GUEST,Dan
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 08:49 AM

I have some kind of Woodstock DVD, and I heard this song and it literally blew me away. I couldn't get the song out of my head for hours. All I wanted to do was sing the chorus over and over again.

Thanks for the chords and lyrics, much appreciated.

Time is slipping away...


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers / Bert Sommer
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Sep 06 - 10:01 PM

Where can I find something about Bert Sommers' s biography?


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers / Bert Sommer
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Oct 06 - 11:37 AM

i just discovered Bert Sommer on Woodstock Diary 2 nights ago and I'm still up side down.
I found Information at
http://www.bertsommer.com/
where it tooks me a while to understand she is a he.
How could he be that unknown?
I do agree. One of the deepest sweetest & strongest emotion I've experienced with music
vanished present loop-listening again & again


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: GUEST,soulshine
Date: 02 Nov 06 - 09:05 PM

I have "the Road to Travel"
its AMAZING
that the album Jennifer is from.
I put every song from that album on my computer if anyone wants it


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: GUEST,jannick
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 07:59 PM

hey soulshine,

how can me download the album then?
greetz


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: GUEST,Scott
Date: 07 Feb 07 - 03:43 PM

Thanks to Yian for the lyrics/chords to Jennifer, been seeking this out since the Woodstock !


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: GUEST,reagan
Date: 11 Feb 07 - 08:22 AM

i want to download it!!! hook it up!?


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Subject: RE: Bert Sommers
From: GUEST,shennah
Date: 14 Mar 07 - 01:21 PM

hii!
i'm a 16 year old girl from belgium
and i just watched the woodstock diaries! man it's awesome!!
bert sommer!! i really love him! But i can't download Jennifer! then i'll just have to buy "the road to travel"

And thanks for the lyrics and chords .. i'll enjoy it!

shennah


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Marco
Date: 28 Mar 07 - 04:27 PM

I really wanted to thank that guy for "jennifer" lyrics and chords...
great song... of course i discovered bert sommer through Woodstock diaries...
you'll forgive me if i want to say just few words:
i'm italian, born in the wrong place and in the wrong time, maybe that's the reason i feel that i could say what i think... people is blind today cause their eyes and minds have been stolen by media, we are living the same situation that made that generation react and the only logical thing we had to do is following their example...
i know, i could be boring but i think that's important to understand...
peace men...


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: Declan
Date: 28 Mar 07 - 04:36 PM

To answer the other question asked at the top of the thread, I've read that Henry McCullough, who was a member of Joe Cocker's Grease Band was the only Irish person to play at Woodstock.

That's not to say he was the only one there, I've met thousands of Irish people who claimed they were there (only a slight exageration). And I know a few who (in their minds) have never left ...


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,nara cavalcante
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 08:20 PM

morro no brasil na cidade de fortaleza-ce sol praia e mar, mais teve uma coisa que me chama atençao no woodstock ate hoje foi o bert sommer, fiquei apaixonada por ele na hora que vi. procurei sodre ele em tudo que era lugar, mas achei. que bom


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 07 - 09:49 AM

THE CHORD WAS AMAZING I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR IT FOR YEARS NOW THANKS YIAN!!!!!! AND NOW WE WILL KEEP BERT SOMMER'S MUSIC ALIVE!\

MUITO BEM!!!


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Erin
Date: 28 May 07 - 02:27 PM

He also appeared on the Saturday morning "Krofft Supershow" in 1976. There are some clips on You Tube:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=kaptain+kool

He's the one in the purple outfit/big hat (Flatbush). He was only one for the 1st season. He's singing lead on the song "What Gives?" (sadly, it's only the short version of the song).


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Sep 07 - 01:22 AM

He also perfromed with the Left Banke after Steve Martin left and he sang "And Suddenly". He came to upstate NY where he performed with the Fabulous Newports ( ck www.kmckrell.com)he has since passed away and there is a wonderful tribute site in his honor that I am trying to locate


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: 500% More Man
Date: 01 Sep 07 - 06:57 AM

I discovered Bert Sommer back in the heady days of Napster. Out of curiosity, i checked out "Jennifer", and instantly loved it. He had a number of fine songs too, like "Smile" and "We're All Playing in the Same Band"...of which chords i'd love to see around these parts. It's a shame that he has been largely a footnote in musical history, with his body of work.

Very big thanks on the chords to jennifer, been looking for it for ages.


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Don
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 10:29 PM

Supposedly, he wrote the song Jennifer for Jennifer Warnes who had a hit with the song "Right Time of the Night" back in the 70's. He had met her when they were both in the production of Hair before the Woodstock Festival.


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Makeety Makondo
Date: 16 Jan 08 - 01:46 PM

Great song and great performance. And I'm pretty sure Bert Sommers is a dude, the adams apple is kind of a give away! lol


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Subject: Four very different albums
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 12:22 AM

I discovered Bert Sommer in the Fall after he died back in 1990. It was my first year of college and I bought his Road to Travel (1968) album for $1.00 from Deseret Industries (a thrift store in Utah). After I heard it, I looked for more of his music and found Inside Bert Sommer (1969), Bert Sommer (1970), and Bert Sommer (1977), all for 2 or 3 dollars a piece. I loved it all, yet they were very different from each other. The Road to Travel album amazingly helps you release some very deep, depressing feelings inside and allows you to sink into a melancholy state. The next two albums are a lot more upbeat, hippie type lets smile and act like everything is blissfully harmonious. Then, years later Bert Sommer in 1977 is back into reality with very nostalgic tunes that instill hope into your future. He really has an amazing voice with a lot of soul behind it. Anyway thanks for letting me blab about one of my all time favorite singers!


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Clementine
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 11:27 PM

Road to Travel is available on CD now -- found it on Amazon. Where can I find Bert's "America" other than on Bertsommer.com?

These comments are brilliant -- it's so great to see Bert getting some recognition today.


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Bud Netherlands
Date: 18 May 08 - 04:30 PM

I am 66 now and still have his 3 albums. So now and then I listen to them with great pleasure .My faforite song is still
"We're all playing in the same band"
Great songs and a graet voice!!
To bad he passed away in 1990 at the age 41.


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: open mike
Date: 18 May 08 - 05:17 PM

Does any one know what was the cause of his death?


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: topical tom
Date: 18 May 08 - 10:44 PM

Bert Sommer singing "Jennifer" on Youtube from Woodstock 1969: Here


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 08:30 PM

He died of AIDS . was a heroin addict for many years

    Please note that the above is undocumented information from an unnamed source. A Wikipedia article (click) says Bert Sommer (February 7, 1949 – July 23, 1990) died in Troy, New York, after a long battle with respiratory illness. His last performance was in Troy on June 11, 1990, with his friend Johnny Rabb. ABC News says he died of respiratory failure. I found no information that indicated he had AIDS.
    -Joe Offer, Forum Moderator-


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,TOMMY CROWN
Date: 12 Jun 08 - 10:22 PM

MET BERT SOMMERS, IN 1966, (BERT WAS 17Y.O.) OUT IN HAMPTON BAYS,

   ON TIANA BEACH, DUNE ROAD....NEXT TO A CLUB. CALLED "THE EYE"

    WE HAD   CAMP FIRES......ON THE BEACH... BERT WAS a SONG

   WRITER....HAD PAGES OF THEM....BUT HE WAS VERY SHY....

    WEEK AFTER WEEK EVERYBODY GOT TO KNOW EACH OTHER, AND

    PETER SABINTINO..AND LARRY WEST FROM THE "THE VAGRANTS" GOT

    BERT TO DO A SONG HERE AND THEIR..ON STAGE..
   ..HE HAD A VERY PLEASENT

    WAY ABOUT HIM...GOT ALONG WITH EVERY BODY .. HE STOOD OUT IN

    A CROWD, BECAUSE HE WAS VERY TALL......AND BACK IN MANHATTAN,

    EVERY BODY ON WEST 4TH STREET (TONY PASTORS lOUNGE)NEW BERT,

    BERT SOMMERS NEW EVERYBODY.....IT WAS 1966 AND THE HIPSTER

    BECAME A HIPPIE........( BERT SOMMERS ALSO WROTE A LOT OF

    SONGS WITH   BOB DYLAN.....) YES, THE TIMES WERE A CHANGING ...

    NOW IN, 2008 WE WANT MORE CHANGE.......lol

    www.tommycrown@aol.com   ( you want to here more..? )


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Lester John
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 03:46 PM

I too discovered Bert from The Woodstock Diaries DVD . He actually done a 10 song set and rec'd the first standing ovation of the festival. Sadly only the superb 'Jennifer' appears to have survived on film.
   A brilliant singer songwriter, vastly underrated, who with a bit of luck could have been a huge star and as always seems the case, died way too soon.


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Charley Ward
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 09:40 PM

I was a friend of Bert, I met him in Albany in my bartending years.
He played a few clubs I worked at. He was a beautiful human being and a great friend and most of all funny as hell...He will always have a place in my heart. We all miss you Bert..Peace


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Tim Judge
Date: 14 Aug 09 - 12:07 AM

Bert was amazing. I knew Bert from his days in Albany, NY playing solo, with the Fabulous Newports (Kevin McKrell/Rick Bedrosian. I worked at Pauly's Hotel, a once thriving music venue by night and an oldtimers mens bar by day dating back to the 1860's. Bert not only played at Pauly's with various groups of musicians but also as the doorman. Cantankerous at times, always loveable, and sadly tortured. Berts hard life took its toll and he died in the late 80's early 90's time frame...as he would say "Thats show biz baby".


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Ted in CT
Date: 16 Aug 09 - 10:12 AM

I've just discovered Bert Sommers on youtube performing Jennifer. Wow! His angelic face coupled with a voice mild yet commanding. Very powerful stuff. Learning of his involvement of the two most counter culture events in the 20th century, Woodstock and Hair, only to wither in relative obscurity resonates volumes to me. A superstar suppressed for what reason?


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Aug 09 - 10:16 AM

I've just discovered Bert Sommers on youtube performing Jennifer. Wow! His angelic face coupled with a voice that is mild yet commanding is very powerful stuff. Learning of his involvement of the two most counter culture events in the 20th century, Woodstock and Hair, only to wither in relative obscurity resonates volumes to me. A superstar suppressed for what reason?


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Eric
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 07:31 AM

I just discovered him on YouTube as well. Someone commented there and it bears repeating here: He sounds a lot like Robert Plant singing a ballad (only maybe a little better).
Bravo, Bert. And peace to you wherever you are now.


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,Connie
Date: 23 May 10 - 06:00 PM

Hello I have the complete series of woodstock on cd and i fell in love with it. I had never heard bert sommers and when i listened to smile i loved it. does any one have the lyrics? i cant find them anywhere on the net.


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommers - info?
From: GUEST,^^ (Brasil)
Date: 27 Jun 10 - 03:25 PM

Hello, does anyone have the lyrics of the song Smile - think it's the album Inside Bert Sommer!
I love this song! I love Bert Sommer:)
this is the video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAFmaWrP4oQ&a=3XOmVjNlao8&playnext_from=ML
post the lyrics here, please.
thanks


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Subject: ADDPOP: Smile (Bert Sommer)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Jun 10 - 02:06 AM

SMILE
(written and recorded by Bert Sommer)

Why should you be angry?
Why should you be sad?
Don't be disappointed, just...
SMILE
Just smile.

Smile and the world smiles with you.
Smile, all the love is in your hands.
Smile, 'cause we all need one another,
And it only takes a song to understand.

I know...
That we've got to get together,
Just a-doin' all we can
And we'll start to make it better.
It only takes a song to understand.

Why should you be angry?
Why should you be sad?
Don't be disappointed, just...
SMILE
Just smile.

Smile and the world smiles with you.
Smile, all the love is in your hands.
Smile, 'cause we all need one another,
And it only takes a song to understand.

I know...
There's so many different people
Just a-doin' all they can,
And they all would love to reach you,
It only takes a song to understand.

Smile and the world smiles with you.
Smile, all the love is in your hands.
Smile, 'cause we all need one another,
And it only takes a song to understand.

Smile and the world smiles with you.
Smile, all the love is in your hands.
Smile, 'cause we all need one another,
And it only takes a song to understand.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAFmaWrP4oQ&a=3XOmVjNlao8&playnext_from=ML


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommer - info?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Jun 10 - 02:43 AM

Do You Remember Bert Sommer?


Sommer Epitomized the Look of the Hippie Generation

By BILL WEIR and PETER MARTINEZ
BETHEL, New York Aug. 15, 2009—

Do you remember Bert Sommer? Chances are you wouldn't unless you were at Woodstock. Forty years ago he had captive audience as a frizzy-haired 20-year-old singing his love ballad "Jennifer" before the teeming masses at Max Yasgur's Farm in upstate New York.

As a member of the Broadway cast of "Hair," Bert Sommer so embodied the hippie look that his picture was even used as the show's playbill. With a ten-song set at Woodstock, Sommer seemed like he had a golden ticket to instant fame.

It was 1969 when Sommer started that Friday evening set with "Jennifer."

The hauntingly sweet folk song is captured in a new documentary.

Ira Stone, who played the guitar that day while his wife Maxine was a backup vocalist for Sommer, still remembers the sheer size of the crowd.

"It looked like hundreds of thousands of colors and it was really the people," Stone said.

Even with the monument that stands, marking the site of the legendary music festival, you would never know Sommer played. His name is not among the Baez's, Hendrix's and others.

"Bert Sommer was the lost bard of Woodstock," Wall Street Journal pop and rock critic Jim Fusilli said. "For me, Sommer did a wonderful set on the first day ... then he completely disappeared from the mythology of Woodstock."

Everyone was sure Bert was going to be a star; he was devastated when his Woodstock appearance was ignored.

"You see bands like Santana and artists like Richie Havens and Meanie who were not particularly well known at the time, whose careers just exploded because of Woodstock," Fusilli said. "For Bert, nothing."

A picture of the backup band appeared in a special LIFE magazine at the time, but Sommer was cropped out.

He was also missing from Michael Wadleigh's legendary documentary and never appeared in any of the soundtrack albums. His friends think they know why.

"Bert was on Capital Records," Stone said. "His record company was not included because Warner had rights to the whole thing, so Bert never got into the original movie or the first album."

While other Woodstock bands rocketed to stardom, Sommer settled in upstate New York to play his music in relative obscurity. He died on July 23, 1990 of respiratory failure. He was 41.

Forty years after Woodstock, Sommers is getting the recognition he never knew during his life.

Victor Khan, a friend Sommer's has created a memorial website. Three of Bert's songs will also soon appear on a new Rhino Records box set.

And thanks to a clip on YouTube, new fans are discovering Burt Sommer. More than 122,000 have viewed the video to date.

"It's great to finally see that there has been a second chance here given for people to hear just how talented he really was," Stone said.

It's an encore long overdue.

ABC News' Erin Keohane and Felicia Biberica contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2010 ABC News Internet Ventures

http://abcnews.go.com/US/Woodstock/story?id=8337041&page=1


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommer - info?
From: GUEST,Florian
Date: 29 Jun 10 - 11:46 AM

My favorite song by Bert Sommer is You've got to be tought.
I bought the second album if I was still a teen-ager 13 1n 1973 as U.S. Import

http://www.bertsommer.com/

greetings from Germany ,
Florian


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Subject: RE: ADDPOP: Smile (Bert Sommer)
From: GUEST,^^
Date: 29 Jun 10 - 01:11 PM

Joe Offer
Thanks for the lyrics!!!
to find a good place where I can get information about Bert Sommer...

Smile and the world smiles with you.
Smile, all the love is in your hands.
Smile, 'cause we all need one another,
And it only takes a song to understand.

I love this song ^^


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommer - info?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 15 Jul 10 - 07:34 AM

Does anyone have the chords of Bert Sommer - "Smile" ???
I can`t find them anywhere !

Thanks and nice greetings from Germany
Love Peace and Freedom


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommer - info?
From: GUEST,A onetime friend of Bert's
Date: 13 Aug 10 - 01:04 AM

Had a brief fling with Bert in upstate NY. At first didn't know of his music or Woodstock history. He was my neighbor. Got turned on to his music in the time I knew him. Listened to his music nonstop after learning about him and actually hanging out with him. He left for LA to do the cartoon thing from there. Lost touch.

So sad about his passing. He was a sweet guy and very sexy! Also sad to hear how he never really got recognition for his incredible talent.

Love his music still. Wish I could find a copy of "We're all playing in the same band". Memories...


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommer - info?
From: GUEST,Theywereallmyfriendsandtheydied
Date: 16 May 11 - 01:17 PM

Don't know if it was AIDS that killed him. All I know is he was playing music to the Sunday brunch crowd. Late one night he turned a bunch of my friends on to heroin, smoking it, in Albany, NY. Within a year they were all shooting up and dead, including Bert. His music may have been great, but along with that legacy is a legacy of death. When 11 people under the age of 30 die from something to which they had never been exposed before, it's tragic. I left and never looked back. Bert changed my life and I can't say for the better.


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommer - info?
From: GUEST,A one time friend
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 09:57 PM

Why would you say AIDS if everyone else was dying of heroin? I agree there is a mystery around his death. And, people don't usually die of heroin. What do you think happened? All ODs? I am curious about his later years. Please respond.


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Subject: RE: Woodstock performer Bert Sommer - info?
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jun 13 - 01:54 AM

I knew him for many years in NYC beginning in 1966. He was married in the 60's and had a child but was also shooting heroin . Sadly He died of AIDS.


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