For those who enjoy obscure Shepherd references, here's one from a previously unknown Limelight show. In it Shep invites a young folk trio up on stage to "belt out" a few tunes. What makes this appearance noteworthy and perhaps a little historic is the group's personnel. In early 1964 "The Tarriers" were Eric Weissberg, Marshall Brickman, and Clarence Cooper.
Eric Weissberg would go on to fame writing and performing "Duelling Banjos" in the movie "Deliverance." Today he's considered one of the best 5-string banjo players around and is still performing.
Marshall Brickman left to join "The New Journeymen" with John and Michelle Phillips. He went on to write comedy sketches for Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett. He would later meet Woody Allen and collaborate on Sleeper, Manhattan, and Annie Hall. He won a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for Annie Hall.
Clarence Cooper was an African-American who replaced Alan Arkin who had left to pursue a stage and screen acting career. Cooper sings lead on Tom Paxton's new composition, "Ramblin' Boy." This may be the only known recording. Cooper died in 1974.
Shep mistakingly introduces the group as "Erik Darling and The Tarriers." Darling was a founding member but had left to form the "Rooftop Singers." That group had a number one hit in 1963 with "Walk Right In." If you listen carefully you can hear Weissberg, off-mike, correcting Shep about the name.
They performed three selections that night but Weissberg's banjo instrumental is left out to limit file size. This clip is also edited to repair/remove audio breakup in several places. Sound quality is otherwise excellent. Enjoy!
Looks like the original link to this clip expired sometime this month. Re-upped an enhanced version with a touch of "digital magic." Although Shep's WOR-FM shows were never broadcast in stereo this clip contains true stereo ambience and makes for a fun listen. Especially if your living room sound system has good speaker separation. Sounds like your right there as Shep introduces "The Tarriers."
BTW, if anyone is interested in learning more about the group there is a related thread over at the Mudcat Forum. Mudcat Cafe is kind of a "Folkie" hangout. You can also post there without first having to register.