Singer-songwriter Bert Sommer was a man of many talents. He played his first gig at the Woodstock festival in 1969. Yes, THE Woodstock festival. He starred in the Broadway production of “Hair.” He was a member of the cast of the Saturday morning TV “Kaptain Kool & the Kongs.”
Hey, his picture was on lunchboxes!
Go here for more info on Bert Sommer and a video of his performance at Woodstock.
Anyway, we recently unearthed a way-cool vintage video interview with Bert Sommer. It was the first episode of “Sarge Blotto’s Hot Seat,” a series of 30-minute interviews with local Albany-area musicians. The show was a spin-off of “Real George’s Backroom” and was produced by Real George. The Bert Sommer interview originally aired on local public access television back in May, 1985 and likely hasn’t been seen since. Anywhere.
Here’s the first half of the interview. Check back at Nippertown.com again tomorrow for Part II: