Bob Dylan's Town Hall Debut
On April 12, 1963 at Town Hall, Bob Dylan played his first major concert. Over a thousand people attended and Dylan played mostly original and unknown songs from his forthcoming album, songs like Blowin in the Wind and Don't Think Twice, It's Alright.
The New York Times reviewed the concert, and Robert Shelton wrote "Mr. Dylan is 21 years old, hails from Hibbing, Minnesota, wears blue jeans, presumably has little to do with barbers, and resembles a Holden Caulfield who got lost in the Dust Bowl." He concluded by thanking legendary promoter Harold Leventhal "for straying from the sure box-office attractions to present a young giant."
The Judy Collins Concert (Live)
Twenty-four-year-old folksinger Judy Collins’ performance at Town Hall in New York City on March 21, 1964, was billed as her first concert, which is to say, her first appearance in a theater, as opposed to the folk clubs she was accustomed to playing. It was a big step up for a performer who was just releasing her third album and was gradually moving from a traditional repertoire to one consisting largely of songs written by her contemporaries, many of them having a political bent.
Pete Seeger Children's Concert at Town Hall
Grammy-winning folksinger, national treasure, and untiring environmentalist, Pete Seeger (1919-) has been at the forefront of the labor movement, the struggle for Civil Rights, the peace and anti-war movements, and the fight for a clean world. Pete Seeger has been a beacon for hope for millions of people all over the world and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Mabel Mercer & Bobby Short
This album features the pairing of two generations of sophisticated cabaret singers -- Mabel Mercer and Bobby Short -- in a concert at Manhattan's Town Hall on May 19, 1968. The inspired idea of having these two work together belonged to promoter George Wein. The first LP belonged to Short, who, backed by his usual cohorts, bassist Beverly Peer and drummer Dick Sheridan, turned in an appealing set that began with a quartet of Cole Porter songs and went on to a couple of Cy Coleman songs, and then some jazzier and bluesier material. Mercer's set, heard on the second disc, includes her precise rendering of a set of light, romantic lyrics and winning melodies, also dipping into the Porter and Coleman songbooks, kept the audience transfixed. The two returned together for the encore to duet playfully on "The 59th Street Bridge Song" and Coleman's "Here's to Us."