The Tim Buckley Archives

Tim Buckley -- A Chronology, 1969-1970

By Robert Niemi

1969

March 14: Headlines at the 2,700 seat Philharmonic Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center (songs include: Morning Glory, Grief in My Soul, Wings, Once I Was, Pleasant Street, Love From Room 109, Buzzin’ Fly, Strange Feeling, [I Wanna] Testify, Gypsy Woman,and Down to the Bayou); concert grosses $9,600 in ticket receipts.

Spring: plays Kaleidoscope Theater (4441 Main St., Manayunk, PA); Earth Opera opens.

May 29-June 1: plays the Troubadour (L.A.); The Incredible String Band opens.

Late Summer/Autumn: records fourth and fifth albums, Blue Afternoon [#192 on Billboard’s hit parade—his third and last LP to chart] and Lorca (released in January and February 1970, respectively) and part of his sixth album, Starsailor; tours to promote new albums; band consists of Lee Underwood on guitar, Carter C.C. Collins on congas, John Balkin on bass and Art Trip on drums.

June 28: plays Denver Pop Festival at Mile High Stadium.

August 16: plays the Atlantic City Pop Festival.

September 3-4: headlines again at the Troubadour.

September: contributes songs to the soundtrack of Changes, a film directed by Hal Bartlett.

November 2: plays Carnegie Hall (881 7th Ave., NYC).

December 13: plays Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

1970

February: changes record labels (from Elektra to DiscReet, a Warner’s subsidiary*); Straight promptly releases a single from Blue Afternoon: Happy Time/So Lonely.

February 7: plays Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

February 11: plays I Woke Up and Come Here Woman on The Show, National Education Television at NET studio in Hershey, PA.

February 13: plays Edwards Auditorium, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.

February 14: plays Baldwin Gym, drew University, Madison, NJ.

February 15: plays E.J. Noble Auditorium, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY.

February 21: plays Irvine Auditorium, University of Philadelphia (partial set list: Gypsy Woman, Pleasant Street, Morning Glory, Blue Melody); concert is harshly reviewed by Michael Cuscuna: Buckley’s Yodeling Baffles Audience.

February 22: plays Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

February 23: arrives back in LA on United flight #733 at 12:45 p.m.

February 27-March 4: plays a weeklong engagement at The Boarding House (960 Bush St., San Francisco).

April: plays Troubadour (LA).

April 19: marries Judy Fern Brejot [a.k.a., Madame Wu] at the Little Red Chapel in Santa Monica; buys a house at 2972 Rounsevel Terrace, Laguna Beach (which he subsequently paints black); finishes recording his sixth album, Starsailor; released in November, it garners a 5-star rating from Down Beat’s Mike Bourne, but bombs with the record-buying public.

June 22-30: plays Phantasmagoria: A Community Effort, a concert series to benefit The Black Congress, KPFK, and the L.A. Free Clinic held at Wrigley Field (435 E. 42nd Place, LA); also on the bill: Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, Sweetwater.

September 15: does live studio performance with his Starsailor band for Boboquivari, a 30-minute Community TV of Los Angeles show that airs on KCET.

September 25-26: opens for the Mothers of Invention at Pepperland, San Rafael (the band at this time consists of Tim, John Balkin on bass, Emmett Chapman on electric stick, Glen Ferris on trombone and Maury Baker on tympani).

October 25: Tim’s grandfather, Timothy C. Buckley, 76, dies in Amsterdam, NY.

October 31: plays Escondido (northeast of San Diego).

November 13: plays the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City with Van Morrison and Linda Rondstadt.

November 22: publishes an adulatory piece on Beethoven in The New York Times.

December: starts 2-month US college tour to promote Starsailor.

(*Tim signed with Straight Records, a collaboration between Frank Zappa and mutal manager Herb Cohen. Straight was distributed by Warner Records)

 


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