Wavy Gravy

Wavy Gravy
Wavy Gravy
Wavy Gravy in 2009
Hugh Nanton Romney Jr.

(1936-05-15) May 15, 1936 (age 84)[1][2]
East Greenbush, New York, U.S.
(m. 1965)

Hugh Nanton Romney Jr. (born May 15, 1936), known as Wavy Gravy, is an American entertainer and peace activist best known for his role at Woodstock, as well as for his hippie persona and countercultural beliefs. He has reported that his moniker was given to him by B.B. King at the Texas International Pop Festival in 1969.[3]

Romney has founded or co-founded several organizations, including the activist commune, the Hog Farm, and later, as Wavy Gravy, Camp Winnarainbow and the Seva Foundation. He founded the Phurst Church of Phun in the 1960s,[4] a secret society of comics and clowns that aimed to support ending of the Vietnam War through political theater, and has adopted a clown persona in support of his political activism, and more generally as a form of entertainment work,[not verified in body] including as the official clown of the Grateful Dead.

As Wavy Gravy, he has had two radio shows on Sirius Satellite Radio's Jam On station. A documentary film based on his life, Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie, was released in late 2010 to generally positive reviews. Romney was awarded the Kate Wolf Memorial Award by the World Folk Music Association in 1992.[5]

  1. ^ Shenk, David (2015). Skeleton key : a dictionary for Deadheads. New York: Broadway Books. ISBN 9781101905630. OCLC 911054461.
  2. ^ "Wavy Gravy's 80th Birthday Celebration (with Wavy in attendance), John Kadlecik & The Terrapin All-Stars, feat. Grahame Lesh & many more - The Ardmore Music Hall - Ardmore, PA - June 11th, 2016". Ticketfly. June 11, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Young, Michael E.; Appleton, Roy (August 30, 2009). "Texas International Pop Festival was full of surprises for artists, fans, onlookers". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved May 15, 2010 – via Janis joplin.net.
  4. ^ Romney, Hugh (1992). Something Good for a Change. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press. p. 194–198. ISBN 0312078382.
  5. ^ Noble, Richard E. (2009). Number #1 : the story of the original Highwaymen. Denver: Outskirts Press. pp. 265–267. ISBN 9781432738099. OCLC 426388468.