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Judy Collins

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Denver, United States (1959 – present)

Judy Collins (born Judith Marjorie Collins on May 1, 1939, in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter known for the eclectic range of material she records (which has included folk, show tunes, pop, and rock and roll, as well as and standards) and for her social activism. Beginning in 1959, she was drawn to the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and the traditional songs of the folk revival of the early 1960s. In 1968 she was awarded a Grammy for “Both Sides Now”. Since then she has had an enviable reputation as a singer and for her own compositions.

Though born in Seattle, Washington (where she spent the first ten years of her life), she moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1949. As a child Collins studied classical piano with Antonia Brico, making her public debut at age 13 performing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos. It was the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and the traditional songs of the folk revival of the early 1960s, that piqued Collins’ interest and awoke in her a love of lyrics. Three years after her debut as a piano prodigy, she was playing guitar. She eventually made her way to Greenwich Village, New York City, where she busked and played in clubs until she signed with Elektra Records, a record label with which she was associated for 35 years. In 1961, Collins released her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22.

At first she sang traditional folk songs, or songs written by others, in particular the social poets of the time, such as Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and Bob Dylan. She recorded her own versions of seminal songs of the period, such as Dylan’s “Mr.

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  • ChristFollower3

    1 John 1:5-8 “…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all…and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves…”

    22 Feb 11:06pm Reply
  • bentbyrne

    Who knows where the time goes ?

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ShockMyMonkey

    November! It's time to "Christmas at the Biltmore Estate" :)

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • feliposo

    Mad Men <3 [2]

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • tjasica

    Mad Men! <3

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • GabsLock

    SHE. WAS. ON. GIRLS. [2]

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • Dreamfall

    SHE. WAS. ON. GIRLS.

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • top20fanatico

    I love her sweet voice! <3

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • rainy-dog

    i feel ashamed for not knowing that she had a new album out last year. and that she covers two of my favourite songs ever on it: cactus tree and the desperate ones.

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • doctorjmo

    her autobiography iz out!!

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Crowriver

    Sanity and Grace....A profoundly enlightening and moving journey of the soul. My daughter, Ellie, died of an illness in 1976. She was two years old and I still think about her most of the time. My job as a wildlife ranger and SAR dog handler would be a predominantly isolating and lonely one for most people, but I always have my dog, Tess, for company from dawn 'til dusk. Plus, I know that Ellie is out there with me as I walk the endless miles across the fields, hills and moors or through the forests and along the river banks and coastlines of the UK's South-Western counties....and sometimes I catch myself talking to her too.

    1 Aug 2011 Reply
  • foxyluva

    Vote! http://www.last.fm/music/Judy+Collins/+images/61975829

    22 Apr 2011 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    Love her so much!!!

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • gatoupsy

    mi canción favorita de Judy Collins sin duda es <Brother ,can you spare a dime > luega estarán <in my life> <....the clows >

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ringwraith10

    I can't believe she has less than 100,000 listeners...

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    Amazing voice I love it very much

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sisterthyme

    'Hello, Hooray' and 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes' gives me chills every time I listen to them.

    26 Jun 2010 Reply
  • emcxmc

    'Send in the clowns' still gives me a thrill. Happy Birthday, Judy.

    2 May 2010 Reply
  • mrbonzoorubber2

    love Judy Collins reminds me of my mom because she listened to her all the time when I was a child

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
  • seboik

    albatross-*

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
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