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Blood, Sweat & Tears
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Blood, Sweat & Tears at Woodstock
Performed on Day 3
Started at 1.30 am, Monday, 18th
Played for 60 min. (approx.)
Further Information
Festival Day Chronology
Prev. artist Johnny Winter at 12.00 am (midnight)
Next artist Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young) at 3.00 am

Blood, Sweat & Tears had a distinctive R&B sound and gained a huge popularity in the '60s. Their first few albums were well received, and it was no big surprise that they ended up in Woodstock.

They started around 1.30 am in the night of Sunday to Monday. So it was already the 18th of August, the last day of the festival.


  • David Clayton-Thomas - vocals, guitar
  • Steve Katz - guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Bobby Colomby - drums
  • Jim Fielder - bass
  • Dick Halligan - keyboards, trombone, flute
  • Jerry Hyman - trombone, recorder
  • Fred Lipsius - alto sax, piano
  • Lew Soloff - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Chuck Winfield - trumpet, flugelhorn


  1. More and More
  2. Just One Smile
  3. Something's Comin' On
  4. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
  5. Spinning Wheel
  6. Sometimes in Winter
  7. Smiling Phases
  8. God Bless the Child
  9. And When I Die
  10. You've Made Me So Very Happy


By the time of Woodstock, founding member Al Kooper had already left the band. Nevertheless, their blend of Jazz, Psychedelic, Soul and R&B was a nice addition to the musical diversity of the festival.

Blood, Sweat & Tears had already produced two hit albums, so they could choose popular and well-known songs. Despite the negative comments (see below) the band played the songs flawlessly and with a lot of feeling.


The four songs described above are available via film outtakes (very good quality). Official releases:




According to Saxophonist Fred Lipsius, Woodstock was the worst gig that Blood, Sweat & Tears ever played [1][2]. Mr. Lipsius claims that David Clayton-Thomas sang off key that night, which is the only time in the history of the band it ever happened.



  1. Unpublished interview with Jack Lokensky on December 4, 2007
  2. Richard Havers and Richard Evans: Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music, p. 200, published by Chartwell Books in 2009. ISBN 0785824979