After listening to Phil Ochs, I went to Rhapsody to listen to some of his contemporaries in the early 60s in Greenwich Village. The first name that popped into my head was David Blue the album that I had was These 23 Days in September. This was never an album that got a lot of plays but listening to it tonight I may put it on the player and give it a few listens. From Wikipedia some biographical info on David Blue who was born Stuart David Cohen on February 18,1941. He died in New York at the age of 41 while jogging.
Blue was an integral part of the Greenwich Village folk music scene in New York, which included Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, Tom Paxton, and Eric Andersen. Blue is perhaps best known for writing the song “Outlaw Man” for the Eagles, which was included on their 1973 Desperado album, as well as released as their second single. Blue’s original version of “Outlaw Man” was the lead track of his own Nice Baby and the Angel album, issued on CD (with the entire David Blue catalog) in 2007 on Wounded Bird Records.
While looking at Blue’s page on Rhapsody I saw listed as a contemporary Patrick Sky. Sky is another one of those artista whose name I know but never really listened to their music. So I cued up his self titled debut album and gave it a listen. The first track “Many a Mile” is a song I know I’ve heard several artists perform. The rest of the tracks that I listened to sounded really good and like Blue it may go on the player for more listening this week. (I did that this afternoon and listened to the rest of the album and will right more later)
After Patrick Sky, I thought of yet another one of those other artists that I know the name have heard their songs but never listened to their music. The artist I listened to was Eric Von Schmidt. Schmidt had a big impact on the Greenwich Village scene. He especially influenced Bob Dylan and Tom Rush. Two of my favorite Tom Rush songs are Von Schmidt covers “Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm”” and “Joshua Gone To Barbados”. The album that I listened to was Rolf Cahn & Eric Von Schmidt released when I was a lad all of ten years old in 1961 and is certainly not an album I listened to at that time! Anyway, there are many tracks on the album that I know like, “Make Me A Pellet”, “Columbus Stockade”, “Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm”, and “He Was a Friend of Mine”. I’m not sold on the vocals but it was a good to listen to such an influential artist!
Finally, I ended the night listening to the Mayor of McDougall Street Dave Van Ronk. Now I will confess that I have not been a big Van Ronk fan just like Tom Waits I just don’t like the voice. However, with that said the album that I listened to was The Folkway Years 1959- 1961 and I must say that it is probably the best I’ve ever heard Van Ronk sound and I may be converted to fandom! Listening now to “Hesitation Blues” and liking it! I really didn’t listen to all the tracks but the ones I did I enjoyed! I put his 1969 release Inside Dave Van Ronk. on the mp3 player this afternoon and listened while I was running. I am more familiar with a lot of these songs including “Cocaine Blues”, ” Hang me, Oh, Hang me” and many more as there are twenty-five tracks on the album! So I’ll be listening for a while!!
Here’s a little about Van Ronk from the horse’s mouth and a final perfomrance of
“Down South Blues”