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Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry were among the most popular performers during the 1960s folk and blues revival, bringing their engaging, stripped-down, acoustic guitar-and-harmonica act to countless festivals, colleges, clubs, and even the opening slot of big-time rock shows. They also enjoyed considerable success in Europe.


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This Throwback Thursday pick finds McGhee alone singing and playing “Don’t Pity Me” on Pete Seeger’s short-lived TV program Rainbow Quest, which ran from 1965–66. Terry also performed on the show with McGhee; in fact, when McGhee finishes the song, the camera pulls back to show Terry sitting close-by, and Seeger offers some tips on harmonica technique.