Sweetwater (band)

Sweetwater (band)

Sweetwater was a rock and roll band best known as the first group scheduled to play at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, although they eventually were the fifth act to go on. Due to problems within the band, Richie Havens became the first performer. One of their best known songs is "Motherless Child".

Sweetwater pioneered the psychedelic rock/classical fusion style that was popularized by Jefferson Airplane to be regarded as the archetype "60s Sound". In 1968-69, the band often toured with The Doors. They were also one of the opening acts for Eric Burdon & The Animals in 1968.

The original members of the band were Nancy Nevins (lead vocals), August Burns (cello), Albert Moore (flute/backing vocals), Alan Malarowitz (drums), Elpidio Cobian (conga drums), Alex Del Zoppo (keyboards) and Fred Herrera (bass).

Three days after Sweetwater performed on "The Red Skelton Show", singer Nancy Nevins was hurt badly in a car accident, which stopped the progress of the band. Due to the accident, Nancy experienced brain damage for a number of years following the collision, and permanent damage to one of her vocal cords.

The group reunited for Woodstock '94 in 1994. In 1999, the story of the band was depicted in a VH1 TV-movie called "Sweetwater: A True Rock Story". Amy Jo Johnson portrayed Nancy Nevins, while Michelle Phillips portrayed a much older Nancy.


weetwater discography

*Sweetwater (1968) (later it would be remastered)
*Just for You (1970) (later it would be remastered)
*Melon (1971)

Nancy Nevins' solo discography

*Nancy Nevins (1975)

External links

* [http://www.sweetwaterband.com Official Sweetwater Website]
* [http://www.ccmusic.com/search.cfm?searchkey=SWEETWATER&bounce=y&searchType=artist CC Music's search results for Sweetwater albums]
* [http://nancynevins.com Official Nancy Nevins Website]
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0178052 Sweetwater VH-1 movie at Internet Movie Database]

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