Author, Musicologist and Board Member of Colorado Music Hall of Fame celebrated his new book about the Telluride Colorado Music Scene Friday night at Past Jay’s in Boulder. G gathered with his lovely wife, editor, designer and other members of his team, and friends for dinner. He had some final proofs of the book with him, and it was exciting to look at the photos and read about Colorado’s own jewel, Telluride, and it’s musical legacy. Watch out for this book; it will be great.
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Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inducts Judy Collins, Bob Lind, Serendipity Singers and Chris Daniels (11/8/13)
This Friday, November 8, at the Paramount Theatre, the Colorado Music Hall of Fame- current inductees, which include John Denver, Barry Fey, Harry Tuft, Red Rocks, Flash Cadillac, Sugarloaf, the Astronauts and KIMN radio, will be joined by a brand-new class that includes a peer group of folksingers, including Judy Collins, the Serendipity Singers, Bob Lind and Chris Daniels.
“The idea with peer groups is that we can induct folks who have a shared experience and attract their collective fans,” Colorado Music Hall of Fame director G. Brown explains. “It’s proven to be a nice formula so far. Last year our induction class was Rockin’ the ’60s with the Astronauts, Flash Cadillac, Sugarloaf and KIMN radio.
“Brown says Collins is arguably the biggest name ever to come out of Colorado, having been raised here. After graduating from East High School, Brown says, Collins played her first gig when she was twenty years old at Michael’s Pub in Boulder, then played all the coffeehouses in town before leaving in 1961 to go to New York City’s Greenwich Village. “She was the fulcrum of the folk scene in Denver back in the late ’50s and ’60s,” says Brown, “which was enormous…. The importance of that particular time can’t be overstated. It was a huge scene.”
The Serendipity Singers got their start at the University of Colorado in Boulder around the time folk acts like the Kingston Trio were the rage. Originally two trios, five of the six members combined forces, added two more CU students and played around town as a seven-piece called the Newport Singers. They had a good amount of success before also moving to New York, where they scored a hit with “Don’t Let the Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man)” in the mid-’60s during a time when the Beatles and other members of the British Invasion were ruling the charts.
Bob Lind, meanwhile, graduated from Aurora Central High School and then went to Gunnison to study at what was then Western State College. He ended up dropping out, apparently, because he preferred to play guitar rather than go to class. He came back to Denver and played coffeehouses like the Green Spider, the Exodus and the Analyst.
That last place is where Lind made an early demo that he took with him to Los Angeles, where he’d been encouraged to try his fortunes. When he headed to the West Coast, he had a list of record companies to seek out, and he ended up being signed by the first one he walked into, World Pacific, which was a jazz label that had just been sold.
Lind’s “Elusive Butterfly,” which was actually the B-side of his single, ended up reaching number five on the charts both here and across the pond in 1966. Lind, who has had more than 200 people cover his songs, left the music business to write novels and screenplays. Lind got back into performing around six years ago and plays Swallow Hill a couple of times a year.
Although Chris Daniels will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of his R&B-and-blues group, Chris Daniels and the Kings, next year, he started out playing acoustic folk in the ’70s, first with the Rosewood Canyon, which was supposedly one of Dead Kennedy’s frontman Jello Biafra’s favorite bands, and then with Magic Music, which has been hailed as Colorado’s first jam band. Daniels returned to his folk roots with last year’s Better Days.
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Two Colorado legends, Barry Fey of Family Dog fame and the Denver Folklore Center’s Harry Tuft, will be recognized and inducted by the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in a very special dinner on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the Dal Ward Athletic Center (on the north end of Folsom Field on the CU Boulder campus).
According to CMHOF chairman Chuck Morris, “This induction will be a night to remember, with Fey introduced by celebrity veterinarian and comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, and Hot Rize member and etown founder Nick Forster welcoming Tuft.” The gala will also include entertainment and a historical array of exhibits and archival photographs to be relocated to the CMHOF’s home at 1stBank Center in Broomfield.
Seating for this event is limited. Tickets are now on sale at selected outlet locations, including Pasta Jay’s in Boulder and Lone Tree, Twist and Shout, and the Denver Folklore Center. Premium “gold circle” tickets are priced at $175, which will include a delectable meal and beverages courtesy of Pasta Jay’s along with an autographed copy of Fey’s new book “Backstage Past,” a copy of Tuft’s latest CD “Treasures Untold,” a pair of tickets to a 2012 CU football game and two 1stBank Center shows (subject to availability). General admission tickets to this historic evening are also available for $75 and will include the meal and beverages. A portion of proceeds will go to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization that benefits the CU School of Music.
Fresh from Chicago and a stint in the Marine Corps, 27-year-old Barry Fey began his extraordinary career as one of rock’s most prolific promoters by opening the Family Dog concert hall in 1967, debuting with Big Brother & the Holding Company fronted by singer Janis Joplin. In the short ten months of its existence, the venue gained national attention as did Fey’s knack for booking the right bands at the right time. With such acts on its stage as Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead, the Family Dog established Denver as a “must-play” city attracting major talent for decades to come. Fey’s company Feyline Presents came into being soon thereafter, promoting top grossing tours for the Who and the Rolling Stones, and his “Summer of Stars” at Red Rocks Amphitheatre became his signature series. Fey also rescued classical music in Denver with the creation of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and his old-timers baseball games set the table for major league baseball in Denver.
It has been said that all acoustic musicians worth their salt have made the pilgrimage to Harry Tuft’s Denver Folklore Center to buy a guitar or soak up knowledge from the dean of Colorado’s folk scene. In 1960, Tuft traveled from his native Philadelphia to Colorado to ski, landing a jack-of-all-trades job at the Holy Cat in Georgetown. He ran into Hal Neustaedter, the owner of the Exodus, Denver’s premier folk club, who suggested Tuft might want to start a Folklore Center in Denver, which he did in March of 1962. Tuft brought many folk artists to Colorado, including Joan Baez after her Red Rocks appearance with the Beatles at their Aug. 26, 1964 date. A multi-instrumentalist, Tuft formed Grubstake in 1972 and made several albums with his band mates Steve Abbott and Jack Stanesco; he has recorded as a solo artist as well.