Joan Baez – Folk Icon – Born Jan 9, 1941

Joan Baez

Joan BaezToday we celebrate the 74nd birthday of a true 60s folk icon Joan Baez. Joan was an early folk hero of mine, not only for her music, but also for her soil activism. Her positions on the issues of the day, matched my leftist political leanings Some background from Wikipedia: Joan was…

….. (born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist.[1] Baez has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez is generally regarded as an interpreter of other people’s work, having recorded songs by the Allman Brothers Band, the Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen,Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra, Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and many others. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchant. Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues. Read More

Several of Joan’s album can be found in my vinyl collection, including Blessed Are, Diamonds and Rust and several others. What a truly great voice she has. I did get to see her live way back in my college days and she was amazing!

Baez has had a popular hit song with “Diamonds & Rust” and hit covers of Phil Ochs‘s “There but for Fortune” and The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. Is there a song that fits Joan Baez better, than Phil Och’s “There But for Fortune”? I think not, so let’s give Joan a big thanks for all she’s done over the years both musically and socially and wish her a “Happy Birthday” and go “into the afternoon” with Phil’s song…..