Legendary singer Melanie makes Tupelo stop

COURTESY PHOTOSinger Melanie Safka makes an appearance at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced from $35 to $45 and available at tupelohall.com.

LONDONDERRY — She took the stage at Woodstock in 1969 and has remained a legendary vocal force in the world of music today.

Melanie Safka appears in concert at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. at the Tupelo at 2 Young Road.

Known for decades only by her first name, Melanie was New York-born and traveled the coffeehouse circuit, singing her songs about life, passion and experience, often showing up in Greenwich Village to sing her vocal creations.

She wrote top songs including her hits "Candles in the Rain," "Beautiful People" and the quirky "Brand New Key" that topped the popular music charts in 1971.

She booked performances through the years at some of the world's most famous venues, including the Metropolitan Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Melanie was also a favorite on television, making appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson shows.

She took on roles that thrust her into the worldwide charity game, becoming the spokeswoman for UNICEF. Her records continued to sell through the decades and she has won an Emmy, written a musical and even opened a restaurant.

Tickets for Melanie range from $35 to $45 and are available through tupelohall.com.

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