Introducing Joan Baez

Joan Baez in 2003


Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace and environmental justice.


She has a distinctive vocal style, with a strong vibrato. Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues.


Joan Baez rose to fame as an unbilled performer at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. She began her recording career in 1960, and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez (Vol1, Vol. 2, and In Concert) stayed on the charts for two years.


Joan Baez has had a popular hit song with "Diamonds & Rust" and hit covers of Phil Ochs's "There but for Fortune" and The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". Other songs associated with her include "Farewell, Angelina", "Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word",  "Sweet Sir Galahad" and "We Shall Overcome". She performed three of the songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, helped to bring the songs of Bob Dylan to national prominence, and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.


Joan Baez has released over 30 albums. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the 1960s, encompassing everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, she is generally regarded as an interpreter of other people's work, having recorded songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, and many others (...)


Source of the introducing: WIKIPEDIA.


Some Joan Baez songs may be found from this page.