Collaborators & Back-Up Musicians:

THE EARLY YEARS:

Carolyn Hester (b. January 28, 1937)
Hester had a successful career as a folk singer even before Joan Baez, having recorded an album, Scarlet Ribbons, in 1959. She played occasionally with Richard during the two years that they were married. It was Carolyn, along with Jean Ritchie, who taught Richard how to play the dulcimer, and Richard may have picked up some of his repertoire from her. Carolyn and Richard performed together at the Edinburgh Folk Festival, part of which was broadcast on BBC-TV in Great Britain, and with Rory and Alex McEwen they recorded an EP, Four For Fun, which was released only in Scotland. Carolyn continues to perform and record today. Her album, From These Hills, included a cover of "Pack Up Your Sorrows." For more information on Carolyn, see the article, "That's My Song," by John Tobler, in Folk Roots, October, 1993, p. 22-23, 25-26, and "Thirty Years of Folk Music," by William Ruhlmann, in Goldmine, January 26, 1990, and visit her website at www.carolynhester.com

Rory and Alex McEwen (Rory b. 1932, d. 1982)
Rory and Alex McEwen were a Scottish folk duo who got their start in the United States, recording a couple of LPs for Smithsonian. They recorded an EP, Four for Fun, with Richard and Carolyn, and performed with them at the Edinburgh Folk Festival in 1962. Rory was also a botanical painter, and divided his time between his musical and painting careers. He died in 1982.

Eric von Schmidt (May 28, 1931 - February 2, 2007)
An influential folk-blues guitarist from the late fifties onward, Eric was one of Richard's best friends. He collaborated with Richard on a number of projects.
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Ethan Signer
Ethan Signer played guitar, fiddle, and mandolin on the impromptu album, Dick Fariņa & Eric Von Schmidt. He also played with Richard on the soundtrack to Eric's movie, The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn. Background-- Ethan Signer was a Yale graduate who headed to M.I.T. for graduate studies in biochemistry when he fell in with the folk crowd and joined the Charles River Valley Boys. He was much in demand for his multi-instrumental skills.

Bob Dylan (b. May 24, 1941)
Bob Dylan, under the pseudonym Blind Boy Grunt, played harmonica and sang back-up vocals on a few tracks of the Dick Fariņa & Eric Von Schmidt album.

Joan Baez Senior. (b. April 11, 1913)
Richard and his mother-in-law, Joan Baez Sr., collaborated on the LP, Alice in Wonderland, part of the Tale Spinners for Children series for which Richard wrote scripts while he was living in Paris. Richard played the voice of the White Rabbit, and Joan Senior played the parts of the mouse and the Queen of Hearts. For more info on Mrs. Baez, see Meet the Parents.


RICHARD & MIMI'S STUDIO MUSICIANS:

Bruce Langhorne
Bruce Langhorne played electric guitar and sundry tambourines on all three of Richard & Mimi's albums. For more information, see my unofficial Bruce Langhorne Page on this website.

Charles Small
Piano player on all three Richard & Mimi albums. He also played celesta on "Children of Darkness." The liner notes of the Fariņa box set state that his correct name was Charlie Smalls. He also played trombone, and wrote songs that were recorded by Diana Ross, Quincey Jones, and others. He is perhaps best known for writing the music and lyrics for the musical The Wiz.

Russ Savakus
Played string bass on all three albums. He also played on albums by Dylan, Baez, Ian & Sylvia, Peter, Paul & Mary, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and others, and he led his own jazz band. He died in 1984.

Alvin Rogers
Played drums on their second album, on the tracks "Sell-Out Agitation Waltz," "Hard-Loving Loser," "Mainline Prosperity Blues," and "House Un-American Blues Activity Dream;" and on the single, "Joy 'Round My Brain." He also played on many other Vanguard albums by Ian & Sylvia, Eric Andersen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and others.

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John Hammond (b. November 13, 1942)
Played harmonica on "Sell-Out Agitation Waltz," "Hard-Loving Loser," "Mainline Prosperity Blues," "House Un-American Blues Activity" and "Joy 'Round My Brain." He was also active with Bread & Roses. He performs on both of the B&R albums and was interviewed in a profile of Bread & Roses that appeared on a CBS news show in 1989. (Another minor Hammond-Fariņa connection: his father, John Hammond, Sr., produced Carolyn Hester's first Columbia album, and met Richard then.)

Felix Pappalardi (b. December 30, 1939; d. April 17, 1983)
Played electric bass on "Reflections in a Crystal Wind" and "Raven Girl" on the second album. Background-- Pappalardi began his career as a bass player for Tim Hardin. Then he got into production and produced the first Youngbloods album, and three Cream albums, Disraeli Gears, Wheels of Fire, and Goodbye. In 1969 he formed the hard-rock band Mountain, and after they split up he went to Japan and recorded with the band Creation in 1976. He then returned to producing. But in 1983, Pappalardi got into an argument with his wife and she shot him dead.


BEHIND THE SCENES:

Maynard Solomon (b. January 5, 1930)
Solomon appears to have been the producer of Richard & Mimi's albums, though he is not actually credited in any of the liner notes. On Memories he signed the brief liner notes as "M.S.", as he did on some of Joan's albums. It was Solomon who offered Richard a publishing contract, and offered Richard and & Mimi a recording contract at Vanguard following their professional debut at the first Big Sur Folk Festival in June of 1964. Background-- Solomon founded Vanguard Recording Society with his brother Seymor in 1950. He is also an acclaimed musicologist and is on the faculty at Juilliard. He is perhaps best known for his psychological study of Beethoven (Schirmer, 1977).

Manuel Greenhill (March 10, 1916-April 14, 1996)
Manny Greenhill was Richard and Mimi's first manager, recommended to them by his most famous client, Joan Baez. After Richard's death he represented Mimi's solo career and also Mimi and Tom Jans. For more info, see www.folkloreproductions.com

Albert Bernard Grossman (May 21, 1926-January 25, 1986)
According to Hajdu (p. 256), Albert Grossman made a deal with Richard to represent the Fariņas, unbeknownst to Mimi, after they had already chosen Joan's manager Manny Greenhill. Background--Grossman founded the Gate of Horn in Chicago in 1956, one of the first folk clubs in the country. He co-produced the first Newport Folk Festival in 1959 and assembled Peter, Paul & Mary in 1961. Following his split with Dylan and the breakup of PP&M in 1969 and the death of Janis Joplin in 1970, Grossman withdrew from musician management. He founded Bearsville Records and Studios in Woodstock in 1971. He died of a heart attack in 1986.

Pauline Baez Marden (b. October 4, 1939)
Pauline co-wrote "Pack Up Your Sorrows" with Richard, which proved to be the Fariņas' most famous song. Pauline and Richard also co-wrote a song called "A Song for Some of Us," which was never released. With Nina Dusheck she co-wrote the song, "If I Knew," and with Joan Baez she co-wrote "Tears In My Eyes," which appears on the album Very Early Joan. A picture in the book Judy Collins by Vivian Claire shows Pauline playing autoharp at the 1967 Big Sur Folk Festival. There is also a photo of her performing with Richard and Mimi in Massachusetts in 1965 on John Cooke's website.

Kim Chappell:
Kim Chappell is credited as co-writer of the lyrics to "All the World Has Gone By." It's unclear who did what, but my best guess is that Kim wrote or co-wrote the words with Joan Baez in 1964 or 1965 and Joan put it to music. Later, Richard Fariņa revised the lyrics, and they recorded the song for Joan's "rock album." After Richard's death, Joan abandoned the rock album project, but "All the World Has Gone By" was saved and included on Memories. Background-- Kim Chappell was a friend of Joan and is poetically evoked in Joan's autobiography, And A Voice to Sing With (see the chapter titled "Blue Jeans and Necklaces," and particularly p. 74-82). She is also mentioned here and there in Joan's first autobiography, Daybreak, and in the Janis Joplin bio Scars of Sweet Paradise by Alice Echols, in Positively 4th Street, and in Richard's essay "Monterey Fair."


AT NEWPORT:

Jean Ritchie (b. December 8, 1922)
Jean Ritchie is probably the most well-known dulcimer player in the world. Born in Viper, Kentucky, she comes from a family of musicians who have preserved folk traditions for generations. She was one of several people who taught Richard how to play the dulcimer. Ritchie performed with Richard & Mimi at a dulcimer workshop that she hosted at the Newport Folk Festival. They can be heard playing together on "Shady Grove" on the Richard & Mimi box set, Complete Vanguard Recordings. Ritchie is the author of The Jean Ritchie Dulcimer Book and Dulcimer People (the latter discusses Richard briefly on page 14; see the Briefly Mentioned webpage), and she has recorded dozens of albums. For starters, try The Most Dulcimer (Greenhays CR70714)

Fritz Richmond (John B. Richmond) (July 10, 1939-November 20, 2005)
Played washtub bass with Richard & Mimi at the Sunday Afternoon New Folks concert at the Newport Folk Festival of 1965. Some of the recordings are included on Memories. Background-- Fritz played jug and washtub bass in the Charles River Valley Boys and then in Jim Kweskin's Jug Band, and backed up many other musicians at Club 47. After Kweskin broke up the Jug Band in 1967, Fritz became an engineer for Elektra. He continued to perform with Geoff Muldaur, John Sebastian, and others. He died of lung cancer in 2005. His washtub bass is displayed at the Smithsonian.

Peter Yarrow (b. May 31, 1938)
Peter Yarrow, member of Peter, Paul & Mary, was on the Newport Folk Foundation Advisory Board, and he was the MC of Newport '65. That's him saying, "It is not raining," at the end of "Dopico"/"Celebration" on Memories. More importantly, Yarrow joined Richard and Mimi on "Pack Up Your Sorrows" at the Contemporary Songs Workshop, now available on the Complete Vanguard Recordings boxset. Peter, Paul & Mary recorded "Pack Up Your Sorrows" on their 1966 album, simply titled Album. Incidentally, Yarrow attended Cornell at the same time as Fariņa, though they did not know each other well in those days.

Al Kooper (b. February 5, 1944)
Al Kooper played guitar for Richard and Mimi at the Dulcimer workshop. He later went on to found The Blues Project.

Kyle Garahan
Played mouth harp on "House Un-American Blues Activity Dream" on Memories. He was at that time a member of a short-lived band called The Lost, which was part of the Boston garage-band scene that also spawned The Remains. I've seen Garahan spelled with one r and with two; I'm not sure which is correct.


SIDE PROJECTS:

Judy Collins: (b. May 1, 1939)
Judy and Richard played together on "Pack Up Your Sorrows" and the Gil Turner song, "Carry it On," on Judy's Fifth Album (1965). Richard and Mimi opened for Judy when she played at Westchester County Center in November of 1965, and in 1966 Judy and Mimi toured Japan with Arlo Guthrie and Bruce Langhorne. Judy talks about her friendship with Richard and Mimi in her Songbook and in her autobiographies, Trust Your Heart and Singing Lessons.

Joan Baez: (b. January 9, 1941)
Richard produced Joan's "rock and roll" album that was never released, though a couple of Fariņa songs--"Swallow Song" and "Pack Up Your Sorrows"-- were salvaged from the project and released as a single (see the Larry McCombs article for more info). Joan also sang with Richard and Mimi in concert on occasion: at their debut at the 1964 Big Sur Festival, at Newport 1965, and the Sing-In for Peace at Viet Nam at Carnegie Hall (September 24, 1965). And of course Joan and Mimi collaborated on a number of studio and live recordings throughout the years. See the "Guest Appearances" section of Mimi's Discography for more details.

Pete Seeger: (b. May 3, 1919)
Pete jammed with Richard and Mimi on a few songs when they appeared on his Rainbow Quest TV show in February of 1966. He showed great affection for the young couple and enthusiasm for their music. See the Rainbow Quest page for more info.


MIMI'S COLLABORATORS:

Tom Jans (b. February 9, 1949; d. March 25, 1984)
Mimi collaborated with Tom Jans on one excellent album, Take Heart, in 1971. They toured together for a few years before Jans went on to a solo career. Mimi wrote a song, "Best of Friends," about their parting. Jans died in 1984. His album with Mimi was his only venture in the folk style. For more info, see the Tom Jans Webpage.

Banana (Lowell Levinger) (b. September 9, 1944)
Banana supplied guitar, banjo, synthesizer, and back-up vocals to Mimi's solo album, Solo, and also toured with her on and off from 1973 until the nineties. See Banana's Page for more info on his work with Mimi.

John Nagy
John Nagy was the producer of Mimi's Solo album and also played guitar and mandocello thereon. He was a friend of Fritz Richmond in the earliest days of the Cambridge folk scene and they, with Buzz Marten, formed a band called The Hoppers. He recorded on occasion with Judy Collins, Jackie Washington, Dave Grisman, and Earth Opera, and later he produced albums with the Holy Modal Rounders, Sunnyland Slim, George Thorogood, and Andy Pratt.

Bill Amatneek
Bill Amatneek played bass for Mimi on some of her concerts for about a year in the Bay Area and when she opened for Gordon Lightfoot in Alaska and Hawaii. He was also in the house band for two years at the Bread & Roses festivals at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Bill and Mimi collaborated on a song, "Feeling Left Behind," which was unfortunately never released. Bill explains: "I wrote the chord changes to this tune. Mimi wrote the lyric and melody. This took place at a rehearsal one day, when I was in her backup band. She came in and said she had a lyric and melody to a new song, but needed help with chord changes. I developed a jazz-oriented set of changes which I think she liked. I heard that she called the song 'the new jazz direction for the new jazz Mimi.'" Bill wrote about Mimi in his book, Acoustic Stories.
www.amatneek.com


PHOTO CREDITS:
Carolyn Hester: Photographer uncertain. From Positively 4th Street, by David Hajdu. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2001.
Eric Von Schmidt: by Russell O. Kuhner. From Baby, Let Me Follow You Down, by Eric Von Schmidt and Jim Rooney. 2nd edition, Amherst: University of Massachusetts, 1979.
Ethan Signer: by Stephen Fenerjian, 1960. From Baby, Let Me Follow You Down.
Bob Dylan: uncredited. From the album, Bob Dylan, columbia (8579), 1962.
Joan Baez, Sr.: uncredited. From And A Voice to Sing With, by Joan Baez, Summit Books, 1987.
Bruce Langhorne: uncredited. From Positively 4th Street.
John Hammond: by Joel Brodsky. From the back cover of John Hammond: Best of the Vanguard Years. Vanguard (VSD 79555-2), 2000.
Fritz Richmond: by Stephen Fenerjian. From Baby, Let Me Follow You Down.
Maynard Solomon: by David Gahr. From The Face of Folk Music, by David Gahr and Robert Shelton, Citadel Press, New York: 1968. p. 80.
Pauline Marden: uncredited. From And a Voice to Sing With, by Joan Baez, Summit Books, 1987.
Kim Chappell: uncredited. From And a Voice to Sing With.
Jean Ritchie: uncredited. From Jean Ritchie's Dulcimer Book, Oak Publications, 1963.
Peter Yarrow: by Bernard Cole. From (Moving), Warner Bros (WS1473), 1963.
Judy Collins: uncredited. From Judy Collins, by Vivian Claire, Flash Books, 1977.
Joan Baez: uncredited. From Hootenanny magazine, no. 1, Dec. 1963.
Pete Seeger: uncredited. From Hootenanny magazine, no. 1, Dec. 1963.
Tom Jans: by Ethan A. Russell. From Dark Blonde, Columbia Records, 1976.
Banana: by Joe Bauer. From This is the Youngbloods, RCA (VPS-6051), 1972.
John Nagy: uncredited. From the back cover of Baby, Let Me Follow You Down.
Bill Amatneek: by his wife. From his website.

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