Bert Sommer in 1970
February 7, 1949|
Albany, New York, United States
|Died||July 23, 1990
Troy, New York
|Years active||1960s, 1970s|
|Website||Bert Sommer Official Web Site|
Bert William Sommer (February 7, 1949 – July 23, 1990) was an American folk singer, songwriter and actor. He was briefly a member of baroque-pop group The Left Banke, co-writing and singing lead on the "Ivy Ivy"/"And Suddenly" single in 1967. At Woodstock, Sommer's performance of Paul Simon's "America" received a standing ovation. He wrote "We're All Playing In The Same Band" at and about Woodstock, and his recording peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 12 September 1970.
Sommer also played Woof in the original Broadway production of Hair in 1969-70 (his hair is on the playbill for Hair) and "Flatbush" of Kaptain Kool and the Kongs on The Krofft Supershow in 1976. He did not reprise the role in the second season.
- The Road To Travel (1969). Capitol.
- Inside Bert Sommer (1970). Eleuthera.
- Bert Sommer (1970). Buddah.
- Bert Sommer (1977). Capitol.
- The Road To Travel (2004) CD from Cherry Red Records
- Bert Sommer Official Web Site
- Bert Sommer Performance of "Jennifer" at Woodstock 1969 on YouTube
- The Wall Street Journal August 6, 2009: "Woodstock's Forgotten Man"
- ABC News Article (August 15, 2009): "Do You Remember Bert Sommer?"
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