Barbara Dane

Genres: Folk Vocals
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Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Barbara Jean Spillman, 12 May 1927, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Born into a white middle-class family, as a child Dane sang and played piano in Sunday school and also learned to play guitar. From the mid-40s she became involved with the labour, civil rights and feminist movements. She sang folk and jazz, working with Pete Seeger, Kid Ory, George Lewis, Turk Murphy and others, appearing at festivals and on television, and she even hosted her own show in San Francisco. Dane appeared at many prestigious venues and shared bills with distinguished performers, including Louis Armstrong, Memphis Slim, Lightnin’ Hopkins and controversial comedian Lenny Bruce. In 1959, she recorded with Earl Hines and toured with Jack Teagarden’s band, and continued her high profile on television, radio and in concert, throughout the 60s and 70s. In 1969, she founded Paredon Records with her husband Irwin Silber.

During this period Dane became increasingly...

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