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Judy Collins : Biography

Judy Collins : Biography
General November 14, 2010
  • Judy Collins released her debut album, A Maid Of Constant Sorrow, in 1961. Vocally she seemed indebted to Joan Baez, but no one could have predicted the adventurous musical path she would blaze for herself.

    Blessed with a crystalline voice and an immaculate instinct for great songs, Judy moved from traditional folk to become a champion of contemporary songwriters including Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Erik Anderson, and Gordon Lightfoot. This process began with the pivotal Judy Collins 3.  The album cover was a stunner, a full-sized head shot with those piercing, deep blue eyes. 1966's In My Life embraced Brecht/Weill, Marat/Sade, Jacques Brel, and the first-ever recordings of Leonard Cohen songs, “Suzanne” and “Dress Rehearsal Rag.”

    Wildflowers, Who Knows Where The Time Goes, and Whales And Nightingales are all astonishingly well-crafted and brilliantly realized albums. Whales contains her biggest hit single, “Amazing Grace,” performed a cappella with a chorus of friends. It became a million-selling single in the UK and a hit in America.

    Judy continued to enjoy success after Jac Holzman departed Elektra. “Send In The Clowns” was another extraordinary re-imagining of a singular song, recorded for the newly combined Elektra/Asylum label, now guided by David Geffen.

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Judy Collins released her debut album, A Maid Of Constant Sorrow, in 1961. Vocally she seemed indebted to Joan Baez, but no one could have predicted the adventurous musical path she would blaze for herself.

Blessed with a crystalline voice and an immaculate instinct for great songs, Judy moved from traditional folk to become a champion of contemporary songwriters including Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Erik Anderson, and Gordon Lightfoot. This process began with the pivotal Judy Collins 3.  The album cover was a stunner, a full-sized head shot with those piercing, deep blue eyes. 1966's In My Life embraced Brecht/Weill, Marat/Sade, Jacques Brel, and the first-ever recordings of Leonard Cohen songs, “Suzanne” and “Dress Rehearsal Rag.”

Wildflowers, Who Knows Where The Time Goes, and Whales And Nightingales are all astonishingly well-crafted and brilliantly realized albums. Whales contains her biggest hit single, “Amazing Grace,” performed a cappella with a chorus of friends. It became a million-selling single in the UK and a hit in America.

Judy continued to enjoy success after Jac Holzman departed Elektra. “Send In The Clowns” was another extraordinary re-imagining of a singular song, recorded for the newly combined Elektra/Asylum label, now guided by David Geffen.

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