Following Johnny Winter early that morning was Blood, Sweat & Tears. They were at the top of their game at the time: “Spinning Wheel” was a monster hit, and BST commanded $12,000 for their Woodstock appearance.
That was a lot of money for 1969, and they never saw a dime.
That’s not a huge surprise – countless acts were never paid for their performances. Unfortunately, BST’s manager took the same hard line as Keef Hartley’s: He demanded that the recording equipment be stopped if the band didn’t get paid.
And the results were pretty much the same as in Hartley’s situation: Blood, Sweat & Tears became another forgotten Woodstock act. Fortunately some footage survived, so we have at least a glimpse of BST’s brassy set, and at least four audio tracks have surfaced.
The band’s post-Woodstock downward spiral is covered quite well in lead singer David Clayton-Thomas’s great memoir. Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed.
The name “Blood, Sweat & Tears” still tours, though none of the original members remain in the band. I haven’t seen them, but if you want to hear those old BST songs performed live this may be the only game in town. You can see their tour schedule at: www.bloodsweatandtears.com.
If you want to hear the original voice of BST, though, take heart. David Clayton-Thomas is still very busy making music and doing the occasional show. How he found time to write a book is a mystery. You can visit him here: www.davidclaytonthomas.com
Here’s Blood, Sweat & Tears’s complete Woodstock set list and where you can find some of it:
- More and More (Youtube)
- Just One Smile
- Something’s Coming On (Youtube)
- More Than You’ll Ever Know
- Spinning Wheel (Youtube)
- Sometimes In Winter
- Smiling Phases
- God Bless the Child
- I Stand Accused
- And When I Die
- You’ve Made Me So Very Happy (Woodstock 40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm (CD))
Your official (and bootleg) Woodstock soundtrack song count to date: 179