Category Search - folk (Traditional folk music; protest-folk music)

(42 found)

Joan Baez
singer, composer, folk, activist, painter

Real/Birth Name:
Joan Chandos Bez
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

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Songs The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, We Shall Overcome. Folk music singer. A portrait painter.

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Peter Bellamy
singer, folk, suicide, overdose

Real/Birth Name:
Peter Franklyn Bellamy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47, 16 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founding member of group The Young Tradition. Suicide by overdose of tranquilizers and alcohol.

Theodore Bikel
actor, singer, folk, musician, composer, producer, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Meir Bikel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies The African Queen, The Defiant Ones, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming. Broadway musical plays The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady. Became a naturalized citizen of the USA in 1961.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard for live performance or theater29 April 2005

Edie Brickell
singer, writer, composer, lyricist, folk, bluegrass, actor, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Edie Arlisa Brickell
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Paul Simon by 24 years.

Brief Facts:

Movie Born on the Fourth of July. Broadway musical play Bright Star.

Harry Chapin
singer, composer, folk, musician, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Forster Chapin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22

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Song Cat's in the Cradle. Died in a car accident.

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Jack Clement
composer, producer, country, folk, singer, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Jack Henderson Clement
Also Known As:
Cowboy Jack Clement
"Cowboy" Jack Clement
Nickname(s):
Cowboy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Steel guitar. Songs Ballad of a Teenage Queen, Everybody Loves a Nut.

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Judy Collins
singer, composer, folk, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Judith Marjorie Collins
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

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Folk songs, protest songs. Grammy Award winner 1968.

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Shawn Colvin
singer, musician, folk, country, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Shawna Lee Colvin
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Get Out of This House. Album Whole New You.

Billy Connolly
comedy, singer, folk, actor, knighted

Real/Birth Name:
William Connolly
Also Known As:
Sir William Connolly
Nickname(s):
The Big Yin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Knighted June 2017, Birthday Honours. CBE, 2003 Birthday Honours. Movies Indecent Proposal, Pocahontas, The Boondock Saints, The Last Samurai, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Brave, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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Ry Cooder
musician, folk, blues, producer, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Ryland Peter Cooder
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73, 18 days before his 74th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

All kinds of fretted string instruments. Slide guitar. Session work with many famous musicians. Grammy award winner. Album Paradise and Lunch Soundtrack for many movies - Steel Magnolias, Primary Colors.

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Jeanine Deckers
singer, religion, folk, musician, suicide, overdose

Real/Birth Name:
Jeanne-Paule Marie Deckers
Also Known As:
The Singing Nun
Sur Sourire
Sister Luc Gabriel, O.P.
Luc Dominique
Nickname(s):
Sister Smile
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Dominique. Suicide by alcohol and barbiturates overdose.

Donovan
singer, actor, composer, musician, folk

Real/Birth Name:
Donovan Phillips Leitch
Also Known As:
Donovan Leitch Sr.
Donovan Leitch
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

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Songs Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Catch the Wind. Movie If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.

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Jimmy Driftwood
composer, folk

Real/Birth Name:
James Corbitt Morris
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Middle name also reported Corbett. Folk song The Battle of New Orleans. Recorded by Johnny Horton.

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Dave Fisher
singer, folk

Real/Birth Name:
David Louis Fisher
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group The Highwaymen (folk music). Songs Michael, Row the Boat Ashore, Cotton Fields, All My Trials, Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Bob Flick
singer, folk

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Flick
Gender:
Male

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Founder and member of folk group Brothers Four. Songs Greenfields, Green Leaves of Summer.

Will Geer
actor, Broadway, blacklist, folk, singer

Real/Birth Name:
William Auge Ghere
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

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Grandpa on TV series The Waltons.

Bobbie Gentry
singer, folk

Real/Birth Name:
Roberta Lee Streeter
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21

Brief Facts:

Song Ode to Billy Joe.

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Ronnie Gilbert
folk, singer, actor, Broadway, psychologist

Real/Birth Name:
Ruth Alice Gilbert
Also Known As:
Ronnie L. Gilbert
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group The Weavers. Songs Goodnight, Irene, Wimoweh, Tzena, Tzena, Tzena, Follow the Drinking Gourd, Kisses Sweeter than Wine, Darling Corey.

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The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of group The Weavers.

Dave Guard
singer, folk, composer, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Donald David Guard
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group The Kingston Trio. Songs Tom Dooley, A Worried Man, Tijuana Jail, Greenback Dollar, Sloop John B., Scotch and Soda, Hard, Ain't It Hard, M.T.A.. Book Colour Guitar.

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Arlo Guthrie
singer, musician, composer, folk, blues, actor, activist, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Arlo Davy Guthrie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
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Song Alice's Restaurant Massacree. Movie Alice's Restaurant. Political activist - songs of protest against injustice.

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Woody Guthrie
composer, singer, folk, musician, writer, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie
Nickname(s):
Dust Bowl Troubadour
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
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Composed over 1000 songs. Songs This Land Is Your Land, So Long, It's Been Good to Know You, Reuben James. Social protest songs and actions. Inspired other writers of urban folk music. Died of Huntington's disease.

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Emmylou Harris
country, composer, singer, musician, folk, bluegrass, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Emmylou Harris
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

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John Hartford
composer, singer, musician, radio, dj, comedy, country, bluegrass, folk, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
John Cowan Harford
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

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Banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin. A 't' was added to his name when suggested by Chet Atkins. Song Gentle on My Mind for Glen Campbell. TV show Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Comedy songs. A riverboat pilot.

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St. Louis Walk of Fame A star at 6638 Delmar Boulevard

Dan Haseltine
singer, composer, folk, activist, producer, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Daniel Paul Haseltine
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
48
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lead vocalist for Christian alternative rock group Jars of Clay. Children's book The One, the Only Magnificent Me.

Lee Hays
singer, composer, folk, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Lee Hays
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

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Bass singer, group The Weavers. Songs If I Had a Hammer, Kisses Sweeter than Wine.

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The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of group The Weavers.

Fred Hellerman
singer, composer, producer, musician, folk, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Fred Hellerman
Also Known As:
Fred Brooks
Bob Hill
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group The Weavers. Produced the album Alice's Restaurant for Arlo Guthrie.

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The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of group The Weavers.

Burl Ives
singer, folk, actor, writer, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Burle Icle Ivanhoe Ives
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

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Songs A Little Bitty Tear, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Blue Tail Fly. Movies Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Ensign Pulver. Broadway plays Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Boys from Syracuse.

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Bradley Kincaid
singer, musician, composer, country, folk, radio

Real/Birth Name:
Bradley Kincaid
Nickname(s):
The Kentucky Mountain Boy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Radio show National Barn Dance.

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Lead Belly
singer, blues, criminal, folk

Real/Birth Name:
Huddie William Ledbetter
Also Known As:
Leadbelly
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pronounced first name 'HYOO-dee'. Songs Rock Island Line, Cotton Fields, The Midnight Special, Goodnight, Irene which became a folk hit for the group The Weavers.

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The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of group The Weavers.

Gordon Lightfoot
singer, musician, folk, country

Real/Birth Name:
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

'''Songs Sundown, Ribbon of Darkness, If You Could Read My Mind, Carefree Highway, Rainy Day People.

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Christy Moore
singer, folk, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Christopher Andrew Moore
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

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older brother of
Older than Luka Bloom by 10 years.

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Irish folk singer. Often social or political songs.

Muddy Waters
singer, folk, unusual name

Real/Birth Name:
McKinley Morganfield
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70, 26 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

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P. Oberoi
rapper, singer, folk

Real/Birth Name:
Parag Oberoi
Gender:
Male
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group Nivla & P. Overoi. Born in India, grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers. Does vocals in Punjabi. Song Be Easy.

Odetta
singer, folk, activist, jazz, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Odetta Holmes
Also Known As:
Odetta Felious
Odetta Gordon
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77, 29 days before her 78th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Albums Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues, Gonna Let It Shine. Movies The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Sanctuary. National Medal of the Arts & Humanities awarded 1999.

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Gram Parsons
singer, country, folk, musician, producer, overdose

Real/Birth Name:
Ingram Cecil Connor III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
26
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

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With groups The Shilos, The International Submarine Band, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers. Recorded also with Emmylou Harris. Died of a drug overdose. His body was stolen by friends and partially burned in a cremation attempt. Credited with origins of country rock genre.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1991 as a member of group The Byrds.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2006 as a member of group The Byrds.

Nick Reynolds
singer, musician, folk

Real/Birth Name:
Nicholas Wells Reynolds
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Founding member of folk music group The Kingston Trio. Songs Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Tom Dooley, Hard, Ain't It Hard, The Ballad of Reuben James, Scotch and Soda, The Tijuana Jail, Greenback Dollar, A Worried Man, M.T.A., The Reverend Mr. Black. Album The Kingston Trio at Large.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie
singer, activist, educator, composer, folk, country

Real/Birth Name:
Beverly Sainte-Marie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
80, 5 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

separated wife of
Jack Nitzsche, until his death.
Younger than Jack Nitzsche by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Cree First Nation. Songs Universal Soldier, Up Where We Belong. The later won an Oscar, and was co-written by her and Jack Nitzsche.

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Mike Seeger
singer, folk

Real/Birth Name:
Mike Seeger
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75, 8 days before his 76th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

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half-brother of
Younger than Pete Seeger by 14 years.

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Founder of group New Lost City Ramblers. Played nstruments autoharp, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, guitar, mouth harp, mandolin, dobro, jaw harp, and pan pipes.

Pete Seeger
singer, composer, folk, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Peter Seeger
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

half-brother of
Older than Mike Seeger by 14 years.

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Wrote the songs Where Have All the Flowers Gone, If I Had a Hammer, Turn! Turn! Turn!. Group The Weavers. Active in political causes.

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The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of group The Weavers.

Bob Shane
folk, singer, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Castle Schoen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85, 6 days before his 86th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Founding member of folk music group The Kingston Trio. Songs Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Tom Dooley, Hard, Ain't It Hard, The Ballad of Reuben James, Scotch and Soda, The Tijuana Jail, Greenback Dollar, A Worried Man, M.T.A., The Reverend Mr. Black. Album The Kingston Trio at Large.

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Mary Travers
singer, composer, folk

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Allin Travers
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group Peter, Paul & Mary. Songs If I Had a Hammer, Puff, the Magic Dragon.

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Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009 as a member of group Peter, Paul & Mary.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 1999 as a member of group Peter, Paul & Mary.

Glenn Yarbrough
singer, folk

Real/Birth Name:
Glenn Robertson Yarbrough
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lead vocalist group The Limeliters. Songs Baby the Rain Must Fall, Follow the Drinking Gourd, All My Sorrows.
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