THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD
647) Buzzy Linhart — “Everybody’s Got (And Don’t You Know)”
A rocking plea for people to just get along with each other by a beloved artist (for those who knew him) (see #346). Joe Viglione says that Linhart veers off into Donovan Leitch’s swimming pool; to be specific, he’s vamping on the riff from Donovan’s ‘Atlantis’ inside this tune.” (https://www.allmusic.com/album/music-mw0000846476) As to the album, Music, by Buzzy’s band Music, Viglione says it “is a solid effort boasting a heavier sound than Linhart’s other solo efforts . . . . [ T]he charm and band identity giv[e] all the melodies on Music a solid spirit that comes from a group effort when everything is clicking”. (https://www.allmusic.com/album/music-mw0000846476)
As to Buzzy, Jim Farber observes that:
[He was] a whimsically eccentric singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose compositions were recorded by Bette Midler, Carly Simon and others . . . . The anthemic “(You Got to Have) Friends,” written by Mr. Linhart and Moogy Klingman, became Ms. Midler’s unofficial theme song . . . . [even sung] by the Muppets, in a duet with the actress Candice Bergen, and by Eddie Murphy’s donkey character in . . . “Shrek.” On his own, Mr. Linhart wrote the shimmering ballad “The Love’s Still Growing,” which closed Ms. Simon’s Debut album . . . . Mr. Linhart was a prominent figure on [the 1960s Greenwich Village folk] scene. He was also a busy session musician in the ’60s . . . . His compositions, included on a clutch of albums released mostly in the early to mid-’70s, sifted elements of folk, jazz, blues, ragas and psychedelic rock into a highly animated mix. Mr. Linhart . . . . tended to sing, or scat, wildly around a melody, offering zany screams along the way. He was also known for his manic live performances.https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/18/arts/music/buzzy-linhart-dead.html
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