Nancy Nevins, the lead singer of Sweetwater, got into music at a young age when she realised she had a good voice. In 1967 she heard a group called Jay Walker and The Pedestrians playing in a coffee shop window and she began singing with them what would become the group’s best-known song, a rendition of “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.”

Nancy talks to Jack Hodgins about her musical beginnings, the impact the likes of Pat Boone and Aretha Franklin had on her, her early music work, the Monterey International Pop Festival, how the band got its name Sweetwater, the recording of their first album, the band’s performance at Woodstock in 1969, and her work today as an English teacher.

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Sweetwater on stage at Woodstock
Sweetwater on stage at Woodstock ’69