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September 10th, 1969: Last month Melanie performed at Woodstock & appeared on The Johnny Cash Show - Watch

22-year-old Melanie's second album is due out in October

Last month Melanie performed at Woodstock & appeared on The Johnny Cash Show - Watch

The events we write about at Gaslight Records happened in some form or another 50 years ago to the day. Roll along with us and imagine you are back in 1969.

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At only 22, Melanie Safka has already completed work on her second album. Affectionately Melanie is due out in October. Her debut album, Born to Be was released in November last year.

In August, Melanie was one of only three solo female performers at the Woodstock festival.

Speaking about her experience at Woodstock Melanie said: "I had never performed in front of so many people in my life. I was just thrown into it, and I had my first out-of-body experience. I was terrified, I had to leave. I started walking across that bridge to the stage, and I just left my body, going to a side, higher view. I watched myself walk onto the stage, sit down and sing a couple of lines. And when I felt it was safe, I came back.

It started to rain right before I went on. Ravi Shankar had just finished up his performance, and the announcer said that if you lit candles, it would help to keep the rain away. By the time I finished my set, the whole hillside was a mass of little flickering lights. I guess that’s one of the reasons I came back to my body."

Last month Melanie performed at Woodstock & appeared on The Johnny Cash Show - Watch
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Watch below her cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" her original track, "Tuning My Guitar."

The day after her performance at Woodstock, Melanie's performance on The Johnny Cash Show was aired on television. Melanie performed "Baby Guitar" and played a duet of "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" with Cash.

"Silver Threads and Golden Needles" was first recorded by Wanda Jackson in 1956, listen below.

Listen to Melanie's 1968 debut album below via Spotify and Apple Music.

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