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Tue Jun 22, 2021, 08:57 AM

The Youngbloods - 1967 'Get Together'



Come on People Now, Smile on Your Brother’: The Making of ‘Get Together’ - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/come-on-people-now-smile-on-your-brother-the-making-of-get-together-11591721529

The Youngbloods were an American rock band consisting of Jesse Colin Young (vocals, bass), Jerry Corbitt (guitar), Lowell "Banana" Levinger (guitar and electric piano), and Joe Bauer (drums). Despite receiving critical acclaim, they never achieved widespread popularity. Their only U.S. Top 40 entry was Chet Powers' "Get Together"



Love is but a song we sing
Fear's the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Some may come and some may go
He will surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment's sunlight
Fading in the grass

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

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Reply The Youngbloods - 1967 'Get Together' (Original post)
Budi Jun 2021 OP
MuseRider Jun 2021 #1
Budi Jun 2021 #3
MuseRider Jun 2021 #11
blm Jun 2021 #5
c-rational Jun 2021 #6
leftieNanner Jun 2021 #2
Budi Jun 2021 #7
Budi Jun 2021 #9
BComplex Jun 2021 #4
Budi Jun 2021 #8
Budi Jun 2021 #10
southerncrone Jun 2021 #12

Response to Budi (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 09:24 AM

1. Aside from the religious inference

this song represents to me everything my generation tried to do. WE felt that way and I think we were actually making large inroads until Reagan came with the "He who dies with all the toys wins" attitude. Too many of us gave up working for everyone and became workers for themselves alone. It never fails that when community starts to work, even a little tiny bit, the big guy with the "you are in it for you" comes along and throws crap all over the idea of being community oriented and too many abandon the idea of fellowship. This is the one place I feel the generations after us who point the finger at us and sarcastically call us Booooomers are correct.

When I hear this song now my heart soars then hurts. High school angsty is not my preferred feeling but I still love this song. After the hurt that old feeling of commune type community comes back. It just speaks "my generation" to me and of all the good there was and still is and would be if so many had not lost their way.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 09:41 AM

3. K & R Here Jesse Colin Young returns 1979/No Nukes Concert



Following the March 1979 meltdown at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear reactor (the worst accident in United States nuclear power plant history), Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Harvey Wasserman and John Hall joined forces to found the activist group Musicians United for Safe Energy.

Raising awareness of safe energy alternatives and advocating against the use of nuclear energy, MUSE would stage a monumental week-long series of concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden, in addition to a massive public rally held in Battery Park, attended by nearly two hundred thousand supporters.

These September 1979 events, staged as the MUSE Concerts for a Non-Nuclear Future - commonly referred to as the No Nukes Concerts - would present a stellar roster of diverse performers, many collaborating for the first time.
The core collective of Browne, Raitt, Nash and Hall would be joined on stage by many of their like-minded friends, including James Taylor, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Chaka Khan, The Doobie Brothers, Jesse Colin Young, Peter Tosh, Gil Scott-Heron, Peter Allen, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Ry Cooder and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, in addition to unscheduled appearances by Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Stephen Bishop and Paul Simon.

A triple live album and theatrical film, titled No Nukes: The MUSE Concerts for a Non-Nuclear Future, would document this series of events.
https://www.wolfgangs.com/music/jesse-colin-young/audio/20050293-3285.html?tid=4747579


Where are the new musicians of today?
Can they collectively stage a concert?
Can they forfeit one performance of pay, for a cause? Are they now so contractually bound they cannot move people as we did?
Where are they?


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Response to Budi (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 12:12 PM

11. Thank you for this too.

As to your questions? Who knows. I hope they are working underground for something other than personal wealth. I believe some are but since I do not keep up with that I cannot name names.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 09:48 AM

5. 🥲

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 09:54 AM

6. +1

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Response to Budi (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 09:39 AM

2. Saw them perform at Cal

Zellerbach Auditorium.

I had a huge crush on Jesse Collin Young.

Thanks for the memory.

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 09:56 AM

7. The music of a generation that still "sees wrong & tries to right it"

🍃
"..to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it"
Ted Kennedy eulogy of Robert Kennedy funeral ~6/1968

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.irishtimes.com/news/he-saw-wrong-and-tried-to-right-it-saw-war-and-tried-to-stop-it-1.726443%3fmode=amp

We're still those same people.



and here..President JFKfk





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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 10:08 AM

9. I sang along with them in 69 & again in 79 No Nukes.

And still in 2021.

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Response to Budi (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 09:43 AM

4. Thanks for that, Budi.

I needed that today.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 10:04 AM

8. I apparantly did too. It was playing in my head when I woke up this morning!

JCYoung/Youngbloods has always been a favorite & if your're only known for ONE hit song, then damn, let this be it.

The intro gets me everytime ~

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Response to Budi (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 10:17 AM

10. Jesse Colin Young is now 79 yrs old

Perry Miller, known professionally as Jesse Colin Young, is an American singer and songwriter. He was a founding member and lead singer of the 1960s group the Youngbloods. Wikipedia

*Born: November 22, 1941 (age 79 years), Queens, New York, NY
*Spouse: Suzi Young (m. ?–1989), Connie Young
*Movies: No Nukes, Zabriskie Point
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Guess he didn't want to be The Perry Miller Band~
😉

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Response to Budi (Original post)

Wed Jun 23, 2021, 01:21 AM

12. My all- time favorite song!

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