I can’t believe that I haven’t posted John singing Chilly Winds. I looked back through all of the previous posts and if I used it in the past I can’t find it in the now.
One of my favorites, as was it one of his. Co-written with John Phillips either in a rowboat in the bay off Sausalito or in the backyard of the Kingston Trio’s secretary depending on what day you asked about it. The stories agree that there were over 50 verses sung the day the song was written.
When I first took up the guitar John was very encouraging. I told him that the first song I wanted to learn was Chilly Winds but that I was having trouble with the F chord. He told me that he never played the F chord which I knew was just him making me feel better about my lack of ability. He had me play the song to him over the phone as I got better at it. His kindness must have been very painful for him as I still can’t play it all the way through.
I love this song and I hope you do to.
This is from a recording at The Palms Playhouse in Davis, California, on May 12, 2000. I’m pretty sure that my buddies Clack and Cat were in the audience along with Roadman who made the recording.