Blues Music in Greenwhich Village in the Early 1960’s


When people think of 1960’s Greenwhich Village they often think of “folk music” and the beginnings of modern singer-songwriters. The emergence of the Old-Time music revival is also discussed. But often overlooked is the large amount of blues music (both society/urban blues and country-blues) that was played in the Village at that time. Many older blues artists from the South found a new audience among the primarily young white middle class crowd congregating in the clubs and coffee houses on Bleecker and MacDougal streets at that time. Bob Malenky who was an active participant in that scene joins Henrietta and Eli on today’s program and shares his insights and recollections. They play a bunch of tracks by the older artists and some of the young kids that picked up the music, and discuss the atmosphere of the period.

Blues Music in Greenwhich Village in the Early 1960’s

**For all you collectors, we play Bob Dylan’s very first commercial recordings, done for Victoria Spivey’s “Spivey” record label. He plays harmonica and sings behind Big Joe Williams on “Sitting On Top of the World” and plays harmonica on “Wichita.”

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