Thursday, August 07, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Koerner, Ray & Glover
Album:Troubadors Of The Folk Era Vol. 3: The Groups
This trio of college students from Minnesota was an important part of the folk revival of the early 60s and this Rhino various artists comp is a pretty good intro to folk groups. "Spider" John Koerner (born Aug. 31, 1938 in Rochester, NY), Dave "Snaker" Ray (born Aug. 17, 1943 in St. Paul, MN) & Tony "Little Sun" Glover (born Dave Glover Oct. 7, 1939 in Minneapolis) were students at the University Of Minnesota with a common interest in folk and blues music. They gave themselves colourful nicknames to make themselves seem more interesting. They recorded the album Blues, Rags & Hollers in 1963 for the tiny Audiophile label. What eventually got them a lot of attention was when Bob Dylan credited them as an influence on his music. So Elektra Records picked up the album and released it in an edited form in 1965. Tony Glover says the record was simply too long for Elektra but a restored version of Blues, Rags & Hollers was released on CD by Red House Records in 1995. This Rhino various artists comp includes some of the more popular folk groups of the era like The Weavers & The Kingston Trio. It's a pretty good intro for those who want to become more familiar with folk groups. Koerner, Ray & Glover recorded a couple more albums in the 60s and would reunite occasionally but all three have done their own things over the years. Koerner still performs today. Glover became a music critic and teaches harmonica. Ray owned a recording studio in Minneapolis in the 70s, took over his father's insurance brokerage and got back into music after selling it. He died of lung cancer on Nov. 28, 2002 at age 59. Here's a clip from Tony Glover's documentary about Koerner, Ray & Glover called Blues, Rags & Hollers.