Roberta Joan Anderson, 7 November 1943, Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada. After studying art in Calgary, this singer-songwriter moved to Toronto in 1964. The following February she gave birth to her daughter Kelly Dale Anderson but reluctantly gave her up for adoption at six months old (the subject was dealt with most memorably by the singer on the track Little Green from 1971s Blue). Later in the year Joni Anderson married fellow singer Chuck Mitchell. The two performed together at coffee houses and folk clubs, playing several Mitchell originals including The Circle Game. The latter was a response to Canadian Neil Young who had recently written Sugar Mountain, a paean to lost innocence, which Mitchell herself included in her sets during this period. While in Detroit, the Mitchells met folk singer Tom Rush, who unsuccessfully attempted to persuade Judy Collins to cover Mitchells Urge For Going. He later...
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