The Tim Buckley Archives

Tim Buckley -- A Chronology, 1967-1968

By Robert Niemi

1967

January: Elektra releases a second single, containing Aren’t You the Girl and Strange Street Affair Under Blue; shares a bill with Nico, Downstairs at the Dom (Andy Warhol’s club); plays Doug Weston’s Troubadour club at 9081 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood.

February: plays Village clubs—Gerde’s Folk City (11 W. 4th St.) and The Bitter End (147
Bleecker St.) — Bard College in Annandale, NY (where he recruits Carter C.C. Collins as a band member), and the Swarthmore College [NY] Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival, upstaging the Jefferson Airplane.

March 6: plays Izzy Young’s Folklore Center (110 MacDougal Street) Greenwich Village, NYC.

March: plays Stony Brook University, where he opens for The Doors.

April: plays the Cafe Au Go-Go (152 Bleecker St.) Greenwich Village (where his performances are attended by the likes of Paul Simon, Judy Collins, George Harrison, and Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein); videotaped while performing No Man Can Find the War, part of which is featured in the Leonard Bernstein-hosted TV documentary, Inside Pop—The Rock Revolution aired on CBS April 26.

April 6-10: headlines at the Mainpoint in Haverford, CT . Sandy Rhodes opens.

April 25: appears on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show (guest host is Alan King).

Early June: records his second album in Los Angeles, Goodbye and Hello (released in September & charts at #171 on Billboard); is photographed in Central park by Linda Eastman.

June 10: plays Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, near San Francisco.

June 22-25: plays return engagement at The Mainpoint (Haverford, PA).

June 28: plays Bread for Heads Festival - an event set up to raise money for a legal defense fund for busted marijuana smokers - at the Village Theater, 105 2nd Ave., NYC, with Frank Zappa, The Fugs, Allen Ginsberg, and Left Banke.

July 18-19: opens for the Jimi Hendrix Experience at Earl Warren Show grounds in Santa Barbara. Moby Grape is also on the bill.

July 21: headlines at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom. MC5 and Ourselves also on the bill.

July 22: headlines at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom. The Shaggs, The Up also on the bill.

September: Elektra promotes Goodbye & Hello with a billboard on Sunset Strip; Elektra releases two singles in the US: Once Upon a Time/Lady Give Me Your Heart and Morning Glory/Once I Was; Elektra also releases two singles in the UK: Morning Glory/Knight Errant and Once I Was/ Phantasmagoria in Two; Plays the Cafe Au Go Go again.

September 22: plays Hootenanny at Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger, John Bassett, Len Chandler, Janis Ian and The Star Spangled String Band.

October 10: plays Café Au Go Go (152 Bleecker St.) in Greenwich Village, NYC.

November 13-14: plays two shows at Garrick Theater (downstairs from the Café Au Go Go at 152 Bleecker St.).

Late November-early December: Plays the Troubadour again - favorably reviewed by Malcolm Terrence.

December 9: opens for The Mothers of Invention, Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

December 22: tapes a solo appearance, singing Song to the Siren, on The Monkees TV show, episode 58, The Frodis Caper (Mijacogeo), broadcast on March 25, 1968.

December 31: plays Troubadour, LA.

1968

January 26-27: plays Boston Tea Party (53 Berkeley St., Boston, MA); The Nazz opens.

Spring: guitarist Lee Underwood is temporarily dropped from band due to problems with alcohol; vibraphonist David Friedman replaces him.

March: Elektra releases a single in the US: Wings/I Can’t See You.

March: Tim and band record songs at Mayfair Recording Studio (701 7th Ave.) NYC.

March 8: plays the opening of Bill Graham’s Fillmore East (NYC) with Janice Joplin and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Albert King.

April: Travels to England to open for the Incredible String Band at London’s Royal Festival Hall; also plays The Speakeasy Club (48 Margaret St., London W1) and Jim Haynes’ Arts Laboratory (182 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, W.C.2.); plays concerts in Copenhagen, and a televised concert at the Fantasio Club (pr. Hendrikkade 142, Amsterdam); is interviewed by Dutch journalists for pop magazine, Hitweek, and (on April 2) records five songs (Morning Glory, Coming Home to You [Happy Time], Sing a Song for You, Hallucinations/Troubadour,and Once I Was) for John Peel’s Top Gear show, BBC Radio 1 (broadcast on April 7); also performs Happy Time and Morning Glory on Late Night Line Up, a BBC-2 TV program.

April 15: Headlines at Middle Earth club (43 King St., Covent Garden, London).

May 17: opens for the Byrds at a four-weekend engagement at the Fillmore East.

May 21-June 2: headlines at the Troubadour again - Mary McCaslin opens.

June 3: appears on The Steve Allen Show.

Summer: when not on tour, spends time at his home at 111 Park Ave., Venice, CA, immersing in progressive jazz (e.g., Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Gabor Szabo, Roland Kirk, Ornette Coleman and Milt Jackson).

June 14-16: plays Carousel (San Francisco) with Booker T and the MGs and It’s a Beautiful Day.

June 18-23: plays The Golden Bear (306 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach); Lisa Kindred opens.

July 3-13: plays the Whisky A-Go-Go (Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, L.A).

July 19-21: plays the Avalon Ballroom (1268 Sutter At Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco); The Velvet Underground opens.

July 28: plays the Newport Folk Festival (Newport, RI).

August 15-18: plays The Mainpoint (Haverford, PA).

September 28: begins European stint by playing Internationale Essener Sontage (Essen,Germany).

October: Elektra releases another single: Pleasant Street/Carnival Song.

October 1: returns to London; records two songs for Top Gear (Love From Room 109 at the Islander and The Train)

October 7: headlines at Queen Elizabeth Hall (backed by Lee Underwood, David Friedman and Pentangle bassist, Danny Thompson); also appears on The Julie Felix Show on BBC TV [broadcast October 13].

October 12: plays a concert at the Falkoner Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, broadcast on Danish radio (bass played by Nils Henning). Show later released on CD as The Copenhagen Tapes.

October 18-19: returns to Fillmore East, second on a bill opened by Albert King and headlined by The Jeff Beck Group.

November 9: plays UMBC in Baltimore, MD.

November 21-24: plays Detroit’s Grande Ballroom.

November 27: plays Performing Arts Theatre (10606 Euclid St., Cleveland, Ohio).

December 14: plays Phoenix Forum (Phoenix, AZ); Stone Canyon Blues Band opens.

December: records third—and most commercially successful—LP, Happy/Sad (released in April 1969, it reaches #81 on Billboard and remains on the charts for three months).

 


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