August 20, 1994
"Does anybody remember Sweetwater?" asks Nancy Nevins ("It All Started With Three Days of Peace and Music," Aug. 11). Of course we do! There are some of us around who saw the group at the Bank, or the Bitter End West, with people like Taj Mahal and Papa John Phillips. How great to have grown up in an era when a genre-bending band like Sweetwater could get record deals--and airplay! I'm glad that Sweetwater was there to open our ears to different sounds and to inspire us to make music ourselves, though I'm sorry that we've lost Sweetwater members Alan, Albert and August.
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October 23, 1992 |
As a late '60s rock 'n' roller, Nancy Nevins learned all about life on the road and the uncertainty of the next gig. Little did she know those same survival instincts would serve her so well in her second career in the '90s--as an English instructor in California's community college system. Yet here she finds herself--having traded in a guitar for a grade book, lecturing instead of singing--but still living professional life as a series of proverbial one-night stands.
July 2, 1989
After reading Steve Hochman's article about what's become of the Woodstock musicians, a friend telephoned to ask if I knew I was missing. As lead singer of Sweetwater, I know the rock group is disbanded but definitely not missing (as Hochman indicated). After three albums and much successful, national touring, Sweetwater disbanded in 1971, and I went on to record a solo album. Shortly after, I retired from public performances due to poor health, then I married, later divorced and returned to college.
October 13, 1999 |
The Los Angeles band Sweetwater is the beneficiary of twice-removed nostalgia. Thirty years ago, the septet was little more than a footnote in rock, known mainly for being the opening act for the original Woodstock. After a near-fatal car accident derailed the singing career of front-woman Nancy Nevins, Sweetwater broke up for nearly three decades before reemerging in 1995.
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March 27, 1994
Nancy Nevins ("Group Shouldn't Snicker at Person's Pain," March 17) has my sympathy in her guilt for the peer pressure which prevented her from rushing to help a naked woman outside the store who was walking along Pacific Coast Highway. I hope these peers are likewise ashamed of their inaction upon learning the woman had been beaten and evicted by a boyfriend! I'm not sure what I would have done under similar circumstances, but my daughters worry about my safety because of my good Samaritan tendencies.
March 3, 2002
Older rock musicians shouldn't have to "Hang Up Their Rock 'n' Roll Shoes," to quote a song by Chuck Willis ("Hope I Play as I Get Old," by Geoff Boucher, Feb. 24). But Boucher failed to mention many of rock's first generation never made it to old age. Artists such as Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Ritchie Valens died tragically at young ages. Holly was 22, Cochran 21, and Valens was 17 and only eight months and four singles into his career. Jerry Lee Lewis' rock career was damaged by scandal, so much so he changed genres.