10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters
Another death in this year 2001 in the family of folk: Fred Neil, an influential musician in the 1960s Greenwich Village folk revival, died July 7 in Florida at age 64.
Neil is best known for his song "Everybody's Talkin'" which was used as the theme of the film "Midnight Cowboy" and was recorded in 1969 by Harry Nilsson and became a pop hit. But it was Neil's influence on many performers involved in the Village scene in the 1960s that may be his major contribution to folk and acoustic music. As one critic put it, Neil, with his rich baritone voice, probably was the best vocalist of the era. He was looked upon as a hero and a guru to many performers despite a reclusive nature that saw him drop out of the music scene in the early 1970s after making just four albums. From that time until his death, he resided in Florida and worked with The Dolphin Project, a non-profit organization he helped found in 1970 that was dedicated to stopping the trafficking in and exploitation of dolphins. He wrote a soundtrack in 2000 for one of the group's videos.
We devoted the second hour to the upcoming Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, including ticket giveaways to that festival as well as several others coming up on the East Coast.