Saturday, January 12, 2013

I have wondered over the years all the reasons for our success, and I have come to the conclusion it was a combination of timing and the fact that there was a sort of music vacuum at the time - think "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini." There was a lot of bubblegum out there and I think the public wanted something different.

I also have to credit the Weavers' success. Another vacuum was the fact that they got booted out of the limelight because of their policitcs, and they had created a hunger from people for that kind of music, and we stepped in.

The other is that we had world music before there was a name for it. We did Hawaiian, Tahitian, African, Calypso, and Olde Engllish stuff, and that was very unique and intriguing to people's ears. Also, we really, really enjoyed singing together, and that showed.

And we were entertainers, not just singers and musicians. We did infuse a lot of standup comedy into our show. And we did everything "on the natch." We all just knew how to approach a song and we did it from the heart. I sang lead mostly, and Nick just instinctively knew what the harmony should be. And then Dave instinctively knew what his part should be. It all just came together.
Bob Shane