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  • Born

    14 December 1942

  • Born In

    Wyandotte, Wayne County, Michigan, United States

  • Died

    22 January 1992 (aged 49)

Judith Allen Roderick was born in 1942. She released her first album, Ain't Nothin' But the Blues in 1964. Her best selling album, Woman Blue was recorded in 1965 with accompaniment by two guitarists, Dick Weissman and Artie Traum. The title track, "Woman Blue," is a version of an Alan Lomax-collected folk song that was also the basis of the song "I Know You Rider" as popularized by Grateful Dead and others.

In 1966, Woman Blue was released in the United Kingdom and a promotional trip was arranged. Judy Roderick performed at many clubs in UK and also in the Cambridge Folk Festival. In 1969, she returned to Colorado, signed with Atlantic, formed 60,000,000 Buffalo, and in 1971 recorded the seminal rock album Nevada Jukebox with producer Bill Szymczyk. The band broke up the next year. She moved to Montana in 1973 with sax player, Dexter Payne. The two of them joined a swing band, The Big Sky Mudflaps, and played on several of their albums. In 1981 and 1982, she kept on working with this band and attended Kool Jazz Festival.

In 1983, Judy and Dexter Payne created an R&B band, "Judy Roderick & The Forbears." This group included Don DeBacker, "Washboard" Chaz Leary and Tim Martin.

On January 22, 1992, Judy died of a heart attack from complications due to diabetes.

In 1993, Woman Blue was reissued.

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