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Philip David Ochs (pronounced /ˈoʊks/) (December 19, 1940 – April 9, 1976) was an American protest singer (or, as he preferred, a topical singer) and songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and haunting voice. He wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and released eight albums in his lifetime.

Ochs performed at many political events,…

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  • Seriously though, I just cannot get over how great Phil Ochs is. Whether touching on political or personal matters, the man put my thoughts and feelings into music form decades before I was born.
  • You've got to love Phil's wittiness.
  • woah spooky
  • I first scrobbled Phil Ochs exactly one year ago today. I don't think I knew that was the day he died at the time :S
  • you are remembered. 39 years. rip
  • Happy birthday, Phil. Your words are the power and your legacy is the glory.
  • Happy birthday Phil. In these times of renewed upheaval, your silence is deafening
  • wow, this guy's life story is seriously depressing
  • a honest, talented man with amazing creativity and wittiness. he will be missed forever.
  • This man has taken over my last.fm charts. As far as I'm concerned, Phil WAS the 60's personified, from his beginnings up to his decline and death

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