In light of all the upheaval in the world these days, I give you a song we grew up with in 60’s.
“Get Together”, also known as “Let’s Get Together”, is a song written in the early 1960s by American singer-songwriter Chet Powers (aka Dino Valenti). The song was originally recorded as “Let’s Get Together” by The Kingston Trio and released on June 1, 1964, on their album Back in Town. While it was not released as a single, this version was the first to bring the song to the attention of the general public. The Kingston Trio often performed it live. A version of the song first broke into the top forty in 1965, when We Five, produced by Kingston Trio manager Frank Werber, released “Let’s Get Together” as the follow-up to their top ten hit “You Were on My Mind”. While it did not achieve the same level of success as the other, “Let’s Get Together” provided the group with a second top forty hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when it peaked at number thirty-one. It would be their last. Jefferson Airplane recorded a version which was released on August 15, 1966, on their debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. In 1966, Chet Powers, in an effort to raise money for his legal defense on drug charges, sold the rights to the song to Frank Werber. Judy Collins performed the song live at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival, and her version was included on a later album compiling highlights of various Newport Festivals.
From 1967-1969, “Get Together” was a staple in Joni Mitchell’s shows, often playing the song as an encore. Reclusive singer-songwriter Nick Drake recorded “Get Together” at his home in England in early 1967, before releasing his debut album. Though some of these home recordings have been released on various rarities box sets, his version of this song has not yet been released.
In 1967, The Youngbloods released their version of the song under the title “Get Together”. It became a minor Hot 100 hit for them, peaking at number sixty-two. However, renewed interest in the Youngbloods’ version came when it was used in a television public service announcement as a call for brotherhood by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The Youngbloods’ version, the most-remembered today, was re-released in 1969, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100″ [Wikipedia]