Joan Chandos Baez, 9 January 1941, Staten Island, New York, USA. The often-used cliché - the queen of folk to Bob Dylans king - her sweeping soprano is one of the most distinctive voices in popular music. An impressive appearance at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival followed the singers early performances throughout the Boston/New England club scene and established Baez as a vibrant interpreter of traditional material. Her first four albums featured ballads drawn from American and British sources, but as the civil rights campaign intensified, so the artist became increasingly identified with the protest movement. Her reading of We Shall Overcome, first released on In Concert/Part 2, achieved an anthem-like quality. This album also featured Dylans Dont Think Twice, Its All Right and Baez then took the emergent singer on tour and their well-documented romance blossomed. Over the years she interpreted many of...
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