Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Serendipity & Television

The Folk Revival.
1960s.
Television.
Good, clean, wholesome young folks.

The Serendipity Singers were formed at the University of Colorado in the early sixties and moved to New York in search of their fame and fortune. They got their break in 1964 with an appearance on the weekly ABC-TV folk showcase Hootenanny followed by a recording contract with Phillips. "Crooked Little Man" sat on the charts for over six months.

Another squeaky clean group from the same period were Joe & Eddie. Joe Gilbert, originally from New Orleans, and Eddie Brown, from Norfolk, Virginia, met and began singing together in high school after each of their families moved to Berkeley, California. At the urging of their choir instructor, they bagan singing for parties at the nearby University of California at Berkeley and at local clubs. Their big break came, much as it did for the Serendipity Singers, on the tiny black and white screen. They appeared on The Jackie Gleason Show, The Tonite Show, and, yes, Hootenanny.

The Serendipity Singers - Crooked Little Man

Joe & Eddie - Jerry

6 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Can't say as I remember seeing folk music on the family's black 'n' white in the '60s. Could be pa thought such fare less inspirational for us young folk than Tommy Hunter or Don Messer's Jubilee.

January 12, 2006 9:26 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Squeaky clean indeed, a perfect description! Weren't The Serendipity Singers really The Christy Minstrels in disguise?

January 12, 2006 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Serendipity Singers became more noticeable following a performance at the Bitter End in New York's Greenwich Village. They appeared on the scene shortly after groups such as Peter, Paul and Mary and the New Christy Minstrels had helped to make folk music popular.

January 12, 2006 1:03 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Kat - Another conspiracy theory!

I have heard that rumor, but I'm not convinced. The Serendipity Singers were SO clean as to make the Christy Minstrels look like a blues band!

I was just a little tyke at the time, but I recall singing along every time "Crooked Man" came on the radio. I believe my uncle bought me the record, hoping I would play it enough to get sick of it. Haaa! - 42 years later, I still have to sing along.

January 12, 2006 1:20 PM  
Blogger countrygrrl said...

joe and eddie wow!!!!love this kinda stuff..made my night..i am in my slumber crib and listening on the headphones and i recommend this as a tingle experience fantastic...ta as always///

January 12, 2006 6:53 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Wow, a trans-Atlantic tingle, can't beat that!

January 12, 2006 11:10 PM  

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