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Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
03-Nov-04 - 10:36 PM
Thread Name: Little known '60s Folk Singers
Subject: RE: Little known 1960's Folk Singers
Len Chandler. A real rarity... a black folk singer in the 60's... it was pretty much him and Jackie Washington. Len had a unique approach to getting people to sing along. If you weren't singing along he'd leave the stage and come over to your table in a threatening way and make you sing, Damn it! Many white visitors to Greenwich Village felt uncomfortable around black folks to begin with, and an assertive black musician was downright intimidating.

Actually, Len was a real good natured, friendly guy. It was more of a stage presence at the time, and a game, if anything.

Jay Unger was also in Cat Mother and The Allnight Newsboys, as you probably remember, brucie. If he hadn't written Ashokan Farewell, he probably would have faded into oblivion.

Add Allan Block to the list... one of the most enjoyable singers and fiddle players I ever had the pleasure of listening to. Totally unpretentious, too. He played music for the right reason.

Jerry