Happy The Man Performances


This list is by no means complete, nor error free.  If you have any corrections, please contact me via the link at the bottom of this page.

More often than not, if song times are listed they are actually track times, not necessarily the true length of the song.

Sources for the information below are listed at the bottom of this page and throughout this site.

I hope you enjoy this site.



Here are links to my other list of group performances:



Be sure to visit Rick Kennell's informative  Happy The Man  site



1972:

Mid 1972:    Fort Wayne, Indiana

Rick Kennell, Mike Beck and Cliff Fortney (vocals) play together in local bands Zelda + Monolith (w/o Cliff Fortney) prior to Kennell going to Germany with the Army.


Autumn 1972 - early 1973:    Harrisonburg, VA

Stan Whitaker, David Bach, Mike Beck, and Cliff Fortney get together  (arranged by Rick Kennell)





1973:

David Bach leaves HTM to concentrate on a music degree. Whitaker first recruites Frank Wyatt and then Kit Watkins to join.

1973:    Rehearsals / Demos    (90min:    studio)

1973:    Madison College - Harrisonburg, VA    (40min)

I'm not sure if this is the 73-Dec-1 show listed below or another performance




Band Lineup: *
Mike Beck
Cliff Fortney
Kit Watkins
Stanley Whitaker
Frank Wyatt
Drums, Percussion
Lead Vocals, Flute, Rhodes
Keyboards, Vocals
Electric Guitars, Vocals
Keyboards, Alto Sax, Flute, Vocals

*  I'm not sure when this lineup first came about.  All I know is that this was the lineup that played the 73-Dec-1 show.




73-Dec-1:    Warren Campus Center, Madison College - Harrisonburg, VA

date, venue + the above band lineup provided by Debi Byrd, who attended the show as a Madison College freshman.
I'm not sure if this is the same performance as captured on the 40m recording listed above.





1974:

Early 1974:    Rick Kennell returns from Germany and joins HTM. The band begins recording tracks to tape.


Band Lineup:
Mike Beck
Cliff Fortney
Rick Kennell
Kit Watkins
Stanley Whitaker
Frank Wyatt
Drums, Percussion
Lead Vocals, Flute, Rhodes
Bass
Keyboards, Vocals
Electric Guitars, Vocals
Keyboards, Alto Sax, Flute, Vocals



74-May-3:    Wilson Hall, Madison College - Harrisonburg, VA    (1CD)

mid-late 1974:    Cliff Fortney leaves HTM after about 20 or so performances, to study flute.

Cliff supposedly suffered from stage fright and was being outpaced by the other band members' technical abilities.

From a 97-May-29 article about Dog Talk (Mike Beck's band):
Cliff Fortney (who played with M Beck in a band named Zelda as high schoolers in Fort Wayne), provides the keyboard, flute, harmonica, and penny whistle music, in addition to his singing and songwriting abilities. At 44, Fortney is a mild-mannered insurance company worker by day. He and his brother Tom, keep Dog Talk on the Internet and maintain the band's web page.

Cliff also appears on French TV's 2002 album The Case Against Art


Rick Kennell's and Mike Beck’s friend from Indiana, Dan Owen, replaces Cliff Fortney.



Band Lineup:
Mike Beck
Rick Kennell
Dan Owen
Kit Watkins
Stanley Whitaker
Frank Wyatt
Drums, Percussion
Bass
Lead Vocals, Classical Guitar, Percussion, sometimes extra Bass
Keyboards, Vocals
Electric Guitars, Vocals
Keyboards, Alto Sax, Flute, Vocals



During the period when Dan Owen was in the band, Happy The Man embarked on their ambitious Death’s Crown, a multimedia work which involved a sophisticated light show and a dance troop. It was only performed a handful of times.  (In some ways this was similar to Pink Floyd's 1972-1973 Roland Petit Ballet venture, which also was only performed a handful of times.)  The discovery of a long-lost rehearsal tape (a continuous 38 min suite divided into 11 parts) was released by the band in 1999.
~ Aymeric Leroy


1974:    "Crafty Hands With Glass Spun Beads"    (10min:    studio)

w/ Dan Owen !


1974:    "Crafty Hands With Glass Spun Beads"    (15min:    live)

Rare live recording with Dan Owen !


74-Aug-10:    Cabell Hall, Univ of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

74-Oct ?:    WGTB-FM Georgetown Univ - Washington, DC    (1CD)

I've seem a setlist for this that is identical to the 75-Sept WGTB setlist. I have a strong feeling that they are the same recordings. Though I cannot say for sure, at this point I think the 75-Sept date is correct, due to the inclusion of Stump Meets The Firecracker, which I don't think the band had written until the summer of 1975. Again, this is just my current opinion and I may be wrong.


1974-1979:    Various Studios    (studio)

Total Time:    37.23
1   At The Edge Of This Thought
2   Such A Warm Breeze
3   Gretchen's Garden
4   Partly The State
5   Passions Passing
5.04
4.46
10.32
8.53
8.06
 
possibily the same as on HTM 3rd ?
fr 1978-1979 sessions
identical to the versions on Beginnings
identical to the versions on Beginnings
fr 1974-1975 sessions

This recording is usually identified as being live from Cabell Hall, UVA - Charlottesville, VA in 1973.   It is not.





1975:

Early 1975:    After about 8 months, Dan Owen leaves the band to work with Genesis in various capacities. He is not replaced.


Band Lineup:
Mike Beck
Rick Kennell
Kit Watkins
Stanley Whitaker
Frank Wyatt
Drums, Percussion
Bass
Keyboards, Vocals
Electric Guitars, Vocals
Keyboards, Alto Sax, Flute, Vocals



75-July:    Band's Warehouse - Harrisonburg, VA    (Studio Practice Session)

Total Time:    20.00
1   Leave That Kitten Alone Armone
2   Broken Waves
3   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
9.17
5.51
4.50
 
*   better SQ than Beginnings
*   better SQ than Beginnings
** unreleased studio recording

*    Note, as these are pre-remastering by Kit Watkins, they are slightly crisper than the Beginnings versions
     (especially noticeable on Kitten), where Kit's remastering has removed some of the crisp highs.

** Unreleased studio version of Stumpy !  (different from the 75-Oct-30 Sounds Reasonable studio recording)

Rare:   not in general circulation


75-Sept:    WGTB Georgetown Univ - Washington, DC   

Total Time:    39.58
1   Leave That Kitten Alone Armone
2   Broken Waves
3   Death's Crown Pt 3 >
     Death's Crown Pt 5 (Open Book) >
     Death's Crown Pt 7
4   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
5   Mr. Mirror's Reflections On Dreams
8.54
5.54
15.49


4.41
4.38
 
 

   0.00 - 4.00
   4.00 - 8.54
   8.54 - end

   fades early

Performed live in front of an audience - Different performance from the Sounds Reasonable one.
Sometimes listed as 75-July-4


75-Oct-30:    "Sounds Reasonable", WGTB Georgetown Univ - Washington, DC   

Total Time:    50.54
1   Leave That Kitten Alone Armone
2   I Carve The Chariot On The Carousel
3   Portrait Of A Waterfall
4   Death's Crown Pt 2 >
     Death's Crown Pt 3 >
     Death's Crown Pt 5 (Open Book)
5   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
6   New York Dreams Suite
11.02
7.03
8.33
11.13


4.38
8.22
 
 


   0.00 - 0.53
   0.53 - 5.00
   5.00 - end

 

The music is recorded playback (not live), though the commentary is live.
Includes between song band commentary:    75-Oct-30 is the b'cast date.

Apparently the program was called "Take One" and that "Sounds Reasonable" was the studio
from which it was broadcast.


75-Oct-30:    "Sounds Reasonable", WGTB Georgetown Univ - Washington, DC    (alt source - incomplete)

Total Time:    20.24
1   Leave That Kitten Alone Armone
2   Band Commentary
3   I Carve The Chariot On The Carousel
4   Death's Crown Pt 3
8.27
1.42
6.00
4.15
 



   fades early


Leave That Kitten Alone is recorded from the studio mic and you can hear the DJ & his friends talk.
I originally thought it was the band members who are talking.


75-Nov-7:    Fairfax Theatre - Fairfax, VA   

Total Time:    42.01
1   Starborne
2   I Carve The Chariot On The Carousel
3   Hidden Moods
4   New York Dreams Suite
5   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
6   Knee Bitten Knymphs In Limbo
7   Mr. Mirror's Reflections On Dreams
3.54
6.23
3.49
8.04
4.40
5.40
9.29


75-Nov-8:    Fairfax Theatre - Fairfax, VA

Total Time:    24.41
1   New York Dreams Suite
2   I Carve The Chariot On The Carousel
3   Mr. Mirror's Reflection On Dreams
8.30
6.34
9.36

Rare:   not in general circulation





1976:

76-Jan-8:    The Cellar Door - Washington, DC

1     Starborne
2     Time Is A Helix Of Precious
3     Open Book Without Words
4     Stumpy Meets The Firecracker
5     Befrost
6     New York Dream Suite
7     Hidden Moods
8     Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
9     Mr. Mirror’s Reflection On Dreams
10   Leave That Kitten Alone Armone


76-Feb-14 ?:    Cabell Hall, Univ of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

Total Time:    24.15
1   Run Into The Ground
2   Starborne
3   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
4   Mr. Mirror's Reflection On Dreams
5.07
4.00
5.42
9.25
 
 
   same as on 76-Feb: Cabell Hall  -  67.42m recording
   same as on 76-Feb: Cabell Hall  -  67.42m recording
 

Rare:   not in general circulation


76-Feb-14 ?:    Cabell Hall, Univ of VA - Charlottesville, VA   

Total Time:    67.42
1     Broken Waves
2     Death's Crown Pt 2 >
3     Death's Crown Pt 3 >
4     Death's Crown Pt 5 (Open Book) >
5     Death's Crown Pt 7
6     Run Into The Ground
7     Starborne
8     I Carve The Chariott
       New York Dreams Suite
9     Merlin Of The High Places
10   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
11   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
12   Leave That Kitten Alone Armone
5.22
1.32
3.57
4.53
6.46
5.40
4.12
6.12
.40
7.38
4.38
5.41
10.20
 
 







introduced but skipped on this recording
rare performance


 

Sometimes incorrectly listed as 77-Nov-25


76-Feb-15:    Harrisonburg, VA   

Total Time:    41.41
1   Starborne
2   I Carve The Chariott
3   Hidden Moods
4   New York Dreams Suite
5   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
6   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
7   Mr. Mirror's Reflection On Dreams
3.53
6.21
3.47
7.58
4.37
5.35
8.59


76-Mar-19:    Old Fairfax Theatre - Fairfax, VA

w/  Glass Moon


76-Mar-20:    Old Fairfax Theatre - Fairfax, VA

w/  Glass Moon


Spring 1976 ?:    Interview on WGTB-FM Georgetown Univ - Washington, DC    (26min:    no music)

76-Apr-3:    Univ of Maryland - Baltimore, MD   

Total Time:    88.59
1     Broken Waves
2     Death's Crown Pt 2 >
       Death's Crown Pt 3 >
3     Death's Crown Pt 5 (Open Book) >
4     Death's Crown Pt 7
5     Run Into The Ground
6     Starborne
7     I Carve The Chariott On The Carousel
8     Hidden Moods
9     New York Dreams Suite
10   Portrait Of A Waterfall
11   Title Unknown
12   Title Unknown
13   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
14   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
15   Mr. Mirror's Reflection On Dreams
6.01
6.01

5.13
7.26
5.09
4.08
6.50
4.05
8.29
7.12
1.54
5.26
4.54
5.54
10.11
 
 
0.00 - 1.20
1.20 - end












 


76-May-22:    Auditorium, George Mason High School - Falls Church, VA

here is the  front  of a flyer for this event   -   and here is the  rear
kindly provided by Chris Leet, with assistance from Mark Kenyon



There appears to be a lost period for HTM for the year between the Spring 1976 and Spring 1977


76-June-28:    Band house - Reston ?, VA

Peter Gabriel jams with the band as sort of a test ride to see if they would be suitable as his new backing band. For a variety of reasons, this never happens.


76-Oc-31:    Harrisonburg Fair Grounds - Harrisonburg, VA

Late 1976:    The band heads into A&M Studios to record "Happy The Man"




1977:

77-Mar-4:    Stony Brook, NY   

Total Time:    69.19
1     Death's Crown Pt 3 >
       Death's Crown Pt 5 (Open Book)
2     Tune ups
3     Starborne
4    
5     Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
6    
7     Hidden Moods
8    
9     Upon The Rainbow (Befrost)
10  
11   Basic Urges In 7/8th
12  
13   New York Dreams Suite
14  
15   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
16  
17   Mr. Mirror's Reflections On Dreams
18   Good-Bye & Return
19   Leave That Kitten Alone Armone
20   End
8.57

1.09
4.20
.56
4.11
1.03
3.37
.55
4.33
.44
4.26
1.16
8.04
1.00
5.02
1.28
8.42
1.32
7.01
.14
 
0.00 - 4.07
4.07 - end







rare performance










 

Almost certainly at SUNY   (State Univ of NY)


Spring 1977:    Southampton College - Southampton NY

Spring 1977 ?:    Harrison Hall, Madison College - Harrisonburg, VA

1     Mr. Mirror’s Reflection On Dreams
2     New York Dream Suite
3     Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo


77-Apr-26:    Rainbow's End - Williamsburg, VA         (2nd Show:  from a local radio broadcast)

Total Time:    73.21
1     Starborne
2     Death's Crown Pt 3 >
       Death's Crown Pt 5 (Open Book)
3     Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
4     Hidden Moods
5     Upon The Rainbow (Befrost)
6     New York Dreams Suite
7     Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
8     Mr. Mirror's Reflections On Dreams
9     Leave That Kitten Alone Armone
10   Pocket That Per Diem
4.40
10.41

5.02
4.45
5.49
9.54
5.37
10.42
8.32
7.33
 
 
0.00 - 5.24
5.24 - end







 

Possibly 77-Apr-24

Interesting story.  I live in Williamsburg and for all the searching I've done, I've never come across any evidence that the Rainbow's End actually existed.  I finally asked some friends of ours who are in the the music business (he works with many stadium-filling bands as the tour accountant and she was a record label exec and now works for fellow Williamsburg neighbor Bruce Hornsby).  Though she was away from Williamsburg during this time period, she said if anyone would know it would be Bruce.  So she asked him.  Six hours later I got this response:

"Rainbow's End was a great rock club located in the basement under Paul's Deli and the Green Leafe.  We played there several times 1979-1980.  Lots of medium-level national acts played there as well, like The George Duke-Stanley Clarke Band.  Happy The Man was a well-known fusion band from DC, and their heyday was circa 1974-1979.  There you have it! - brh"

Now I know.  Sweet.


77-Aug-30:    Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Rock Creek Park - Washington, DC   

77-Sept-27:    The Cellar Door - Washington, DC   

Total Time:    61.57
1   Ibby It Is
2   Death's Crown Pt 3 >
     Death's Crown Pt 5 (Open Book)
3   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
4   Hidden Moods
5   The Moon, I Sing (Nossuri)
6   I Forgot To Push It
7   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
8   New York Dreams Suite
9   Mr. Mirror's Reflections On Dreams
8.44
9.40

4.29
4.26
7.22
3.39
5.16
8.50
9.27
 
 
0.00 - 4.39
4.39 - end






 


77-Oct-11:    Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College - Townson, MD

77-Oct-25:    Univ of Delaware - Wilmington, Del   

Total Time:    71.33
1     Death's Crown Pt 3 >
       Death's Crown Pt 5 (Open Book)
2     Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
3     Hidden Moods
4     The Moon, I Sing (Nossuri)
5     I Forgot To Push It
6     New York Dreams Suite
7     Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
8     Ibby It Is
9     Mr. Mirror's Reflections On Dreams
10   Leave That Kitten Alone Armone
10.06

5.17
4.54
7.49
4.06
9.26
3.40
8.11
10.30
7.31
 
0.00 - 4.51
4.51 - end





cuts early


 


77-Nov:    Happy The Man supports Hot Tuna on a short tour

I'm making the assumption that HTM was on board for most of the tour, though I have no idea if this is true. I've been informed that they did not open for Hot Tuna at any of the 77-Nov-25/26 shows at the Palladium - New York, NY.


77-Nov-9:    Palace Theatre - Albany, NY

77-Nov-10:    Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

77-Nov-11:    Commack Arena - Commack, NY

77-Nov 12 or 13:    State Univ of NY - Oswego, NY

77-Nov-15:    Warner Theatre - Washington, DC

77-Nov-17:    Trenton War Memorial - Trenton, NJ

77-Nov-18:    Capitol Theatre - Passaic, NJ

77-Nov-19:    Tower Theatre - Upper Darby, PA

77-Nov-21:    Dickenson College - Carlisle, PA

77-Nov-22:    Wilkins Theatre, Kean College - Union, NJ

77-Nov-23:    Field House, Hofstra University - Uniondale, NY     (2 shows)

77-Nov-25:    Cabell Hall, Univ of VA - Charlottesville, VA

I previously thought that this was a misdated show, but that may be incorrect.  Amy Felton Brown wrote me "I saw HTM at Cabell Hall, but I can say for certain that it was after January 1, 1977.  I can also say for certain that I remember the song title "Stumpy Meets The Firecracker".  I can't say for sure that it was November 25, 1977, especially since that was the day after Thanksgiving; but it's possible."  She said it was possibly in the spring of 1977, but not as likely as November.


1977-Late:    Baltimore, MD   

Total Time:    75.42
1     Death's Crown Pt 3 >
       Death's Crown Pt 5 (Open Book)
2     Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
3     Hidden Moods
4     The Moon, I Sing (Nossuri)
5     I Forgot To Push It
6     New York Dreams Suite
7     Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
8     Silence  (end of tape side 1)
9     Ibby It Is
10   Mr. Mirror's Reflections
11   Leave That Kitten Alone Armone
12   Improv Piece
9.31

5.07
4.38
7.18
3.20
8.07
5.41
.12
8.04
10.02
7.53
5.44
 
0.00 - 4.39
4.39 - end










 

Possibly very, very early 1978  (though most likely late 1977)





1978:

1978:    Cellar Door - Washington, DC   

1   Leave That Kitten Alone Armone
7.26


1978:    The Elbow Room - Harrisonburg, VA   


Early 1978:    Mike Beck leaves Happy The Man

Part of the reason for Mike Beck leaving had to do with the new material being written by Wyatt, Watkins and Whitaker, which Mike felt had a coarser, harder-edged sound that, did not fit his playing style, which was based at least as much on the use of all manner of percussion than the conventional drum kit. Musical disagreements reached a head in early 1978, when he and the band mutually decided to go their separate ways.
~ Aymeric Leroy


Ron Riddle, a friend of Mike Beck, joins as drummer for the Crafty Hands recording  (Ron does not tour with them)


Band Lineup:
Rick Kennell
Ron Riddle
Kit Watkins
Stanley Whitaker
Frank Wyatt
Bass
Drums, Percussion
Keyboards, Vocals
Electric Guitars, Vocals
Keyboards, Alto Sax, Flute, Vocals


Early-Mid 1978:    The band heads into a California studio to record "Crafty Hands"

78-June:    Coco Roussel joins the band as their third drummer


Band Lineup:
Rick Kennell
Coco Roussel
Kit Watkins
Stanley Whitaker
Frank Wyatt
Bass
Drums, Percussion
Keyboards, Vocals
Electric Guitars, Vocals
Keyboards, Alto Sax, Flute, Vocals



78-July-1:    The Cellar Door - Washington, DC    (fr HTM Live - official release)

Total Time:    42.47
1   Service With A Smile
2   Starborne
3   Open Book (Death's Crown Pt 5)
4   Hidden Moods
5   Morning Sun
6   I Forgot To Push It
7   Ibby It Is
8   Nossuri (The Moon, I Sing)
4.04
4.45
6.33
4.09
4.34
3.37
8.38
6.24
Please support the band and buy this release


78-Oct-8:    Louie's Rock City - Bailey's Crossroads, VA    (fr HTM Live - official release)

Total Time:    24.31
1   I Carve The Chariot on the Carousel
2   Steaming Pipes
3   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
4   Mr. Mirror's Reflections on Dreams
5.12
4.35
5.20
9.23
Please support the band and buy this release


78-Oct-8:    Louie's Rock City - Bailey's Crossroads, VA    (9min)

I think this material is different from the HTM Live release, though I'm not sure


78-Oct-22:    The Cellar Door - Washington, DC    (2nd show?)

Total Time:    82.25
1     Service With A Smile
2     I Carve The Chariot On The Carousel
3     Foot Work
4     Such A Warm Breeze
5     I Forgot To Push It
6     Steaming Pipes
7     The Falcon
8     Ibby It Is
9     Wind Up Doll Day
10   Labyrinth *
11   Mr. Mirror's Reflections On Dreams
12   The Moon, I Sing (Nossuri)
3.35
5.14
4.50
5.39
3.45
6.41
6.45
8.44
8.16
8.48
13.16
6.46
 
 

fr 3rd album
fr 3rd album


fr 3rd album


fr 3rd album

 


* Announced as the proposed title of their "possible" 3rd album, which regrettably never happened,
  though it was eventually released independently by the band in around 1983 on Better Late...
  I guess the band knew at this point that their future was not very secure.

They play several new songs (4) not on Crafty Hands but which later appeared on HTM 3rd.
The crowd definitely loves the band - they have two encores.


78-Nov-20:    Stars - Philadelphia, PA   

Total Time:    72.44
1     Service With A Smile
2     Foot Work
3     Who's In Charge Here
4     At The Edge Of This Thought
5     I Forgot To Push It
6     Steaming Pipes
7     The Falcon
8     Ibby It Is
9     Wind Up Doll Day
10   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
11   Mr. Mirror's Reflections
12   Labyrinth *
3.47
4.44
6.00
5.32
3.21
5.20
7.07
8.32
6.35
6.10
10.32
4.57
 
 
fr 3rd album
fr 3rd album
fr 3rd album


fr 3rd album




fr 3rd album

* Announced as the proposed title of their "possible" 3rd album

The announcement of the venue sounds like it could also be Charge.
Again they play several new songs (5) which later appeared on HTM 3rd.





1979:

79-Feb:    The band records a new round of demos at the band house in Reston, Virginia

"Following the release of Crafty Hands, Arista terminates their contract with the band. This in turn led to management problems, and in a matter of weeks Happy The Man was without either a management or record deal. In an effort to get a new recording contract, the band recorded the above mentioned demos. Unfortunately, no contract is secured, thereby sealing Happy The Man's fate. The demo material was posthumously released in 1983 as "Better Late..." on Kit Watkins’ own Azimuth label."
~ Aymeric Leroy


79-Feb-7:    Ron Curtiss & Aaron Weiner interview Andrew Latimer + Andy Ward of Camel at 7pm at the Sunset Maruis Hotel

"We did not do the Boffomundo Show yet, so we got a writer from UCLA (where I attended briefly) to have it printed in the Daily Bruin. I just found the article and we are not mentioned, and the writer didn't assume that role, just delivered the facts from the interview. One interesting and historic thing happened: we asked (Latimer + Ward) if they had heard of Happy The Man, the awesome and totally underrated US prog band. They were signed to Arista as well and while they had never heard of them, we arranged for Arista to get them a copy. Next thing we read is that keyboardist Kit Watkins had joined Camel! Years later, we contacted Kit Watkins and he confirmed that he was found through 'two guys who interviewed band members and turned Andy Latimer on to HTM.' We were honored to have contributed to the history of a favourite band."
~ Ron Curtiss


79-Feb-16:    The Cellar Door - Washington, DC

Total Time:    66.42
1     Foot Work
2     While Chrome Yellow Shine
3     Who's In Charge Here?
4     Shadow Shaping
5     At The Edge Of This Thought
6     I Forgot To Push It
7     Run Into The Ground *
8     The Falcon
9     Steaming Pipes >
10   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
11   Labyrinth
       Do It Whatever **
12   Hidden Moods
6.03
6.51
6.12
5.11
5.20
3.40
5.21
6.57
3.52
4.27
8.02

4.41
 
fr 3rd album
fr 3rd album
fr 3rd album
fr 3rd album
fr 3rd album

fr 3rd album
fr 3rd album


fr 3rd album

 

*   Mentions that it will be on the next album IF there is a next album ! They knew it was ending.
** Going to play but unfortunately says they do not have time for it - ARGH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This time they play most of the 3rd album (8 songs)  -  only Eye Of The Storm + Such A Warm Breeze are not played


79-April-19:    The Elbow Room - Harrisonburg, VA

       early show
1     Open Book
2     Hidden Moods
3     Foot Work
4     Shadow Shaping
5     While Chrome Yellow Shine
6     Warm Breeze
7     Ibby It Is
8     Eyes Of The Storm
9     Window Up Doll Wind
10   Steaming Nymphs In Stencil Forest
11   Service With A Smile
12   I Forgot To Push It
       late show
1     Service With A Smile
2     Foot Work
3     While Chrome Yellow Shine
4     Shadow Shaping
5     Morning Sun
6     Who's In Charge Here
7     I Forgot To Push It
8     Running Into The Ground
9     I Carve The Chariot On The Carousel
10   Labyrinth
11   At The Edge Of This Thought
12   The Falcon
13   Mr. Mirror’s Reflection Of Dreams


79-Apr-20:    Alexander's - Browns Mills, NJ

Possibly opening for Crack The Sky

"While I was taking pictures, Coco's wife came up to me and gave me a business card, with her and Coco's name on it (still have it somewhere), and asked me to let them know if I got any good pictures (unfortunately no good shots of Coco). She also told me that the band was bummed, as Arista had dropped them and they were hoping for a good show and good audience response."
~ Rick


79-Apr-24:    George Washington Hall, Mary Washington College - Fredericksburg, VA         here is a  ticket  from the show

Supported by Hartwood

"They headlined a show at the then Mary Washington College on April 24, 1979.  It is now called the University of Mary Washington.  It was a fantastic show and I was just mesmerized by the stunning display of talent taking place eight miles from my house.  Coco was on drums (and just about everything else) and was superb.  I had been a huge fan of them for a good while and when this show came along I was ecstatic to say the least.  Wow, what a time this was to be alive !  I sure miss those days now and if I could go back in time there would not be a moment of hesitation on my part.  Happy The Man was and still is one of my all time favorites and they certainly deserved much better than they ever got.  Thanks for the site.  Take Care."
~  Mike Blevins


79-May-29:    Alexander's - Browns Mills, NJ

Opening for Nektar

"I do remember them playing a couple of tunes from "Better Late...", but I really can't remember which ones  (I wish I had kept a set list, but back in those days, that was the furthest thing from my mind). After the show, I sat down with the band and they viewed the slides I had taken at the 79-Apr-20 show. Certainly a night I'll always remember. I think this may have been their last show.
~ Rick


79-May-?:    Madison College *  -   Harrisonburg, VA

Last performance by the 1970's band  (according to the band's website)
* At this point, the school was called James Madison University  -  Madison College was the school's original name, but it was changed in 1977)


79-May :    HTM Disbands




1983:

1983:    The band releases their 3rd album, culled from the demos recorded at the band house in Reston, Virginia during 79-Feb.


The original 3rd LP looked very different from the current cd.  I prefer the original LP look, which was more simplistic, less cluttered

Here are pictures of my LP, which I picked up sometime during 1985-1986 at the great  Olsson's Books & Records  in Old Town Alexandria, VA  (those were the days of finding rare + unknown things at record stores):

front cover                 rear cover                 album insert





2000:

2000 ?:    HTM Reforms

Band Lineup:
Rick Kennell:
Ron Riddle:
Stanley Whitaker:
Frank Wyatt:
David Rosenthal:
Bass
Drums, Percussion
Guitars, Vocals
Keyboards, Wind Instruments
Keyboards



00-June-8:    State Theater - Falls Church, VA

1   Service With A Smile
2   Ibby It Is
3   Open Book
4   Contemporary Insanity
5   While Chrome Yellow Shine
6   Shadowlites
7   Steaming Pipes
8   Maui Sunset
9   Frank Wyatt solo >
10   Carousel
11   David Rosenthal solo
12   Barking Spiders
13   Stepping Thru Time
14   I Forgot To Push It  (w/ Ron Riddle solo)
15   Morning Sun
16   Wind Up Doll Day Wind
17   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
18   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo

Here is a  setlist  for this show, with Frank Wyatt's writing  (courtesy of José)

Here is a  place card advertisement  for this show  (courtesy of José)



00-June-17:    Nearfest 2000 ~ Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University - Bethlehem, PA

00-Aug-18:    Recher Theater - Towson, MD    (supported by Iluvatar)

Here is a  setlist  for the Aug 18 + Aug 19 shows  (courtesy of José)


00-Aug-19:    State Theater - Falls Church, VA    (supported by Iluvatar)

"We almost didn't get the chance to open at State as Frank's Kurzweil 2500 died at soundcheck.  They were able to get a rental but it was a 2600 and the files didn't load exactly so he had to do a bit of manual labor.  We were able to get on and open for them but without ANY soundcheck."
~ Jim Rezek  (keyboardist of   Iluvatar)


Here is a  setlist  for the Aug 18 + Aug 19 shows  (courtesy of José)




2001:

01-Mar-2:    Baja Prog 2001 Progressive Rock Festival - Mexicali, Mexico

Baha Prog had offered a slot but didn't have the budget to move David's keyboard rig.
~  Bill Plummer


01-Nov-3:    Lengs Snooker Club - Seaham, England    (this one seems a little odd to me)

As I suspected, this never happened  (confirmed by Bill Plummer).




2002:

02-Aug-29:    State Theater - Fairfax, VA

1     Pre-recorded Opening Music
2     Service With A Smile
3     Steaming Pipes
4     The Muse Awakens
5     Quinto Mare
6     I Forgot To Push It
7     Shadowlites
8     Maui Sunset
9     Contemporary Insanity
10   Open Book
1.24
3.22
6.30
6.16
7.56
3.56
5.12
5.48
3.55
5.52
 
11   Lunch At The Psychedelicatessen
12   Slipstream
13   Stepping Through Time
14   Ibby It Is
15   Barking Spiders
16   Wind Up Doll Day Wind
17   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
18   Kindred Spirits
19   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..
5.28
5.45
7.07
8.53
6.06
8.19
7.47
6.18
5.33

Here is a  setlist  for this show  (courtesy of José)


02-Aug-30:    under Nauticus - Norfolk, VA    (w/ Frogg Café)

02-Aug-31:    Beachstreet Seaside Palladium - Virginia Beach, VA

02-Sept-1:    Prog Day 2002 ~ Storybook Farm - Chapel Hill, NC



2004:


Band Lineup:
Rick Kennell:
Stanley Whitaker:
Frank Wyatt:
David Rosenthal:
Joe Bergamini:
Bass
Guitars, Vocals
Keyboards, Wind Instruments
Keyboards
Drums, Percussion


04-Nov-9:    Orion Studios - Baltimore Md

1   Contemporary Insanity
2   Steaming Pipes
3   The Muse Awakens
4   Stepping Through Time
5   Open Book
6   Lunch At The Psychedelicatessen
7   Shadowlites
8   Slipstream
9   Ibby It Is
10   Maui Sunset
11   I Forgot To Push It
12   Barking Spiders
13   Il Quinto Mare
14   Wind Up Doll Day
15   Band Intro
16   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
17   Service With A Smile
18   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..

I'm unsure if this is the complete setlist


04-Nov-11:    The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA

04-Nov-13:    NJ Proghouse / Forum Theater - Metuchen, NJ    (w/ Frogg Café)

1   Contemporary Insanity
2   Steaming Pipes
3   The Muse Awakens
4   Stepping Through Time
5   Open Book
6   Lunch At The Psychedelicatessen
7   Shadowlites
8   Ibby It Is
9     Maui Sunset
10   I Forgot To Push It
11   Barking Spiders
12   Il Quinto Mare
13   Wind Up Doll Day
14   Knee Bitten Nymphs In Limbo
15   Service With A Smile
16   Stumpy Meets The Firecracker..


04-Nov-26:    The Rams Head Tavern - Annapolis, Md



2005:

05-June-3:    Orion Studios ~ Baltimore, MD

05-June-5:    Lowell Brewery Exchange - Lowell, MA

05-June-17:    The Rams Head Tavern - Annapolis, Md

05-June-22:    XM Satellite Radio Performance Theater - Washington, DC

05-June-23:    The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA    (w/ The Muffins)

The 2005 Birchmere show was canceled by the venue with little notice. Because of general admission policies and no difference in price for buying in advance, many fans planned to buy at the venue on the day of the show. The club said that poor presales caused the cancellation. Upwards of 80 fans showed up on the day of the show only to be told of the cancellation even though we put notice out as quickly as we could.
~  Bill Plummer


05-Sept-3:    Progday 2005 ~ Storybook Farm - Chapel Hill, NC



Happy The Man broke up in late 2005 mostly due to difficulties in rehearsal schedules.  The traveling distances were the main factor, as the band was split between New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.
~  Bill Plummer






This list of shows and/or other info was sourced from:
  •     Happy The Man's website
  •     Aymeric Leroy's liner notes
  •     A LOT of very cool people that have kindly given me additional information along the way
  •     My own collection and research



Contact me:     edensongs@ymail.com     (be sure to include something like HTM in the subject, so I know it's not junk mail)

***  FYI, it often takes me an extended period of time before I respond - it's nothing personal  ***



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