Malvina Reynolds

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 2000s

Biography

23 August 1900, San Francisco, California, USA, d. 17 March 1978, Berkeley, California, USA. Reynolds was primarily a songwriter who later took to performing her material on guitar. She did not begin writing until as late as the 50s. Prior to this she had worked in various jobs. In 1925, Malvina gained her BA in English Language and Literature, and, two years later, her MA. In 1939, she was awarded a PhD. During the Depression days, Reynolds had been able to find work as a teacher. Such classic as ‘Little Boxes’ made popular by Pete Seeger, and ‘What Have They Done To The Rain?’ brought Reynolds to public attention. The latter composition achieved hit status in 1965 when recorded by the Searchers. The following year the Seekers reached number 2, in the UK charts with their version of Reynolds’ ‘Morningtown Ride’. Reynolds’ popularity increased when Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Judy Collins began to record her songs. Reynolds...

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