Broadside Balladeer is a tribute song to Phil Ochs (1940 - 1976), who had about 70 songs published in the pages of Broadside magazine, the project of Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen of New York City. Phil Ochs had a decent commercial career and was also a well-known singer at anti-Vietnam war protests. Sadot met Phil Ochs in Washington, DC. He and Rich Lang did an interview with Ochs on WGTB of Georgetown University in May 1973. Vic Sadot was beginning to learn to play guitar, and Ochs was already his hero at this time. Ochs had recently returned from travels in South America at a time when the Watergate scandal was beginning to overtake the Nixon administration. These were the topics of that interview. Phil Ochs sang Here’s to the State of Richard Nixon. Ochs was doing a week long engagement at The Cellar Door. Sadot attended every concert. Broadside Balladeer was featured on Vol 23 of Acoustic Rainbow, which was sent to a world-wide distribution list of 1,400 radio DJ’s. Although the song was written in 1977, it was not recorded until 1985, and it was not released until 2005 on the Broadsides & Retrospectives CD, which is available at CD Baby and Last FM.

Edited by broadsideballad on 27 Dec 2008, 23:42

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