Samuel Hood; managed The Gaslight in the 60's

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amelia...@gmail.com

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Sep 8, 2007, 10:11:22 AM9/8/07
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The New York Times

September 8, 2007 Saturday
Late Edition - Final

Paid Notice: Deaths HOOD, SAMUEL LEIGHTON

HOOD--Samuel Leighton. Born to Clarence and Janie Hood in Jackson,
Mississippi in 1943. The family moved east, eventually settling in
Florida where Sam played football on a scholarship from Florida State.
In 1962 he moved to Manhattan with his father to manage The Gaslight
(1962-1965) a popular folk club in Greenwich Village, producing
performers such as Len Chandler, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan, Bill Cosby,
Flip Wilson, Phil Ochs, Carolyn Hester, Dave Van Ronk, John Sebastian,
Buffy Ste.
Marie, Kris Kristofferson, James Taylor and countless others. In 1965,
Sam married folk singer Alix Dobkin and moved to South Miami to open
the Gaslight South. Sam brought folk luminaries to Coconut Grove and
produced concerts at the Miami Colosseum for Bob Dylan and John
Sebastian's the Lovin' Spoonful. After returning north in 1969, he
operated the clubs Village Gaslight, The Elephant in Woodstock, and
Max's Kansas City. He worked for Columbia records, managed bands like
Fotomaker and produced several rock albums. His beloved daughter
Adrian was born in 1970. Sam moved to Woodstock in the mid-1970's and
spent 18 years as a top salesman for Pitney Bowes. Woodstock citizens
knew him as a generous and loyal friend who worked quietly as a
benefactor and philanthropist. He died of cancer at Benedictine
Hospital in Kingston, NY on September 3, 2007. He is survived by his
wife, Judy Upjohn, stepson Gryphon Rower-Upjohn, daughter Adrian
Leighton Hood, her husband Christopher Lofaro and sons Lucca Ray and
Marlin (Marly) Leighton Lofaro, stepson Max Glazer, brothers John Bell
Hood and Eugene Hood, sisters Lynn Hood and Robin Hood Leach, and 10
nieces and nephews. A memorial celebration of Sam's life will be held
on Sunday, September 9th, at the Bearsville Theater just outside
Woodstock. Donations in his name can be made to Family of Woodstock,
39 John Street, Kingston, NY 12401, www.familyofwoodstock.org.

Evan Hulka

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Sep 8, 2007, 11:31:09 AM9/8/07
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On Sep 8, 7:11 am, amelia.ros...@gmail.com wrote:
> Sam married folk singer Alix Dobkin and moved to South Miami to open
> the Gaslight South.

This would be the same Alix Dobkin who later came out as a lesbian and
was one of the founders of the "women's music" movement with albums
like "Lavender Jane Loves Women." Huh ... interesting.

Hulka

Bill Schenley

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Sep 9, 2007, 12:28:57 AM9/9/07
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> HOOD--Samuel Leighton. Born to Clarence
> and Janie Hood in Jackson, Mississippi in 1943.
> The family moved east, eventually settling in
> Florida where Sam played football on a
> scholarship from Florida State. In 1962 he moved
> to Manhattan ...

The only Hood to play football at FSU between 1960 and 1962 was Larry Hood
(Larry Hood was the brother of Bill Hood, who played football at UF during
the same time Larry played at FSU). Samuel (or Sam) Hood is not on any FSU
roster from 1959 through 1963.

> He is survived by his wife, Judy Upjohn, stepson
> Gryphon Rower-Upjohn, daughter Adrian Leighton
> Hood, her husband Christopher Lofaro and sons
> Lucca Ray and Marlin (Marly) Leighton Lofaro,
> stepson Max Glazer, brothers John Bell Hood and

> Eugene Hood ...

Wonder if he was related to the Confederate General, John Bell Hood ...


Jane Margaret Laight

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Sep 9, 2007, 11:11:43 AM9/9/07
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probably--if memory serves, he had ten kids survive him and his wife
when they died in a flu epidemic; the kids were farmed out to various
family and friends through out the South.

And some more information on Sam and his dad and The Gaslight--before
my time:

http://www.bobdylanroots.com/al1.html

JML
lived in the Village for a year back in the 90s

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