Back in the '60s, what she really wanted to be was an angry young
poet. Instead, her muse came up with "Brand New Key,"
a perky bit of froth about a pair of roller skates that sealed
her fate as Flower Power's poster girl. "At the time, it
killed me," remembers Melanie Schekeryk, 49, who in 1969
performed a career-making set at Woodstock, "because it marked
me as this cute, ever-so-sunny performer, and I wanted to be deep,
dark and brooding."
Despite writing mild-mannered hits such as "Beautiful People," "Lay Down/Candles in the Rain" and "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma," Melanie fancied herself a rebel. "I didn't think I wanted to be famous," she says. "I thought I wanted to join the Peace Corps." Even her 1968 marriage to album producer Peter Schekeryk was unassuming. "My record company wanted us to do this big hippie wedding in Central Park," she says. "Instead, we went to Yonkers, had a pizza in the limo and headed for Paris." Now married 28 years and living in Clearwater, Fla., she tours and records in the U.S. and Europe, sometimes with her three favorite backup singers: her children Leilah, 22, Jeordie, 21, and Beau Jarred, 15. "Going to Europe and seeing all these 15-year-olds scream my mom's name," says Leilah, "that was really wild." Melanie couldn't agree more. "They thought I only had old fans," she says. "When they started seeing 15- to 25-year-olds in the crowd, they said, 'Can we open for you?'"
The above is part of People Magazine (US)
Thanks to Karen and Ric
I went to see SHA NA NA some years back, I was in the front row - I have one of their albums and think they're great!
Well, I have this thing - when I see something really good - I smile and possibly laugh
SHA NA NA were doing their 'combing their hair and flicking the grease at the audience' bit.
I really burst out laughing - they really had a go at me! - DJB