The (Kind Of) Complete Woodstock: Keef Hartley Band

Keef Hartley is an interesting footnote in rock history.  He became the drummer for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes after their drummer left to join The Beatles.  Oh, Ringo — what a career limiting decision you made there.  Hartley also played with the legendary bluesman John Mayall.

And he played Woodstock, though you’d never know it because his performance wasn’t recorded.

Allegedly Hartley’s manager demanded payment for the privilege of recording his band — something Hendrix or The Who likely would’ve gotten away with, but come on.  Keef Hartley?  At the time the band had one album out, Halfbreed, which didn’t make much of a dent in the U.S.  I can understand why the producers didn’t grant the request.

Managers, always screwing things up.  It’s sad to think that a chunk of music history was lost over a couple of grand.

Anyway, I guess there are a couple of tapes out there from the audience but I haven’t heard them.    Here’s the Keef Hartley Band’s set list:

  1. Spanish Fly
  2. She’s Gone
  3. Too Much Thinkin’
  4. Believe In You
  5. Rock Me Baby
  6. Medley: Sinnin’ For You (intro) /Leaving Trunk/Just to Cry/Sinnin’ For You

Your official Woodstock soundtrack song count to date: 52

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  1. There is film footage of BST’s performing at Woodstock though. There isn’t any film of Keef Hartley Band at Woodstock only a nearly complete Spanish Fly and fragments of Think It Over, Too Much Thinking, Believe In You and The Halfbreed all audience tapes. Nothing official has ever been released, I’d love to know why. Even why Rhino records asked for something for their Back To Yasgur’s Farm 6CD set they were refused. Who owns the rights to Keef Hartleys music now? Because they are doing a shoddy mess with it.


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