28 January 1937, Waco, Texas, USA. Hester spent her childhood in Austin and Dallas (her grandparents had been folk singers) and then she relocated to New York in 1956 to study acting with the American Theater Wing. In 1958 Hester left to sing in clubs in Cleveland and Detroit. Her first album was released for Decca Records Coral subsidiary in 1958 when Hester was 21. It was produced by Norman Petty, Buddy Hollys manager, and Hester soon befriended both Petty and his charge. The record, containing purely traditional material, served as a springboard for performances on the New York folk network, as Hester became part of a new wave of acoustic talent who would dominate the 60s (Joan Baez attended an early concert, and Hester met Bob Dylan at an early show at the famed Gerdes Folk City). Tradition Records hosted her second album, the first of several to be titled simply Carolyn Hester, which was produced with label owners the Clancy Brothers. In the...
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