An all-star extravaganza – one of those Hollywood Bowl concerts never heard, long-thought lost, destined to be destroyed and otherwise forgotten about. This time it’s Folk Music mixed with a Political rally (both went hand-in-hand around this time). The rally was for Proposition 14, an initiative on the California ballot in the 1964 election that basically made housing discrimination legal. There were two rallies in opposition to the bill; one featuring folk acts, and another featuring Hollywood luminaries (along with The Kingston Trio, Nat “King” Cole, Nancy Wilson among others). I initially ran a small portion of this concert via my now-defunct Newstalgia website several years ago, and promised I would run the entire concert at some point. Time goes slips by rather quickly, and I was reminded a few weeks ago that I would run the whole concert. So here goes:
Folk Night – No On Prop. 14 Rally. The whole concert from September 23, 1964:
MC’d by the actor Richard Beymer (West Side Story and later, Twin Peaks), the acts featured are (in running order):
Some of the acts won’t ring many bells – and some were cornerstones of the protest movement. Joe & Eddie, who open the show, were regular faces around the Hollywood/Southern California Folk Club scene from the late 1950s until 1966 when Joe Gilbert was killed in a car accident, returning from a gig in Seal Beach. Unlike the Y-Day concert (which I ran about two years ago), this one is entirely acoustic,so the sound quality is a lot better. But because the concert is a little over 3 hours, the tape runs out at the final chorus of “We Shall Overcome” at the end of the concert. So it fades out.
But other than that, it’s the whole thing, on two players and a feast for Folk enthusiasts of the early 1960’s.
Enjoy and stay tuned.