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Joan Baez is an American folk singer
and songwriter known for her distinctive vocal style, as well as her
outspoken activism and political views. She is a soprano with a
three-octave range and a rich vibrato. Baez was born on
Staten Island, New York, to a Quaker family of Mexican, English and
Scottish descent. Her latest album, Day After Tomorrow, was released
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Joan Baez' true professional career began at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival and she recorded Joan Baez, her first album for a major company. The collection of traditional folk ballads, blues and laments sung to her own guitar accompaniment sold moderately well. Her second release, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, cam out in 1961 and went gold, as did Joan Baez in Concert, Parts 1 and 2 (released in 1962 and 1963, respectively). From the early to mid-1960's, Joan Baez emerged at the forefront of the American roots revival, where she introduced her audiences to the less prominent Bob Dylan (the two became romantically involved in late 1962, remaining together through early 1965), and was emulated by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt.
During this period, as the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights struggle in America both became more prominent issues, Joan Baez focused more of her attention on both areas, until eventually her music and her political involvement became inseparable. Her performance of "We Shall Overcome", the civil rights anthem popularized by Pete Seeger, at Martin Luther King's March on Washington permanently linked her with the anthem, and was frequently highly visible in civil rights marches. Her performance of "Joe Hill" is also anthological.
In 1969, Joan Baez' appearance at the historic Woodstock music festival in upstate New York afforded her an international musical and political podium. Her 1971 cover of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (by The Band) was a top 10 hit in the United States. In the mid-1970s, Joan Baez began writing many of her own songs. Her most famous self-penned tune is "Diamonds and Rust", which was recorded by Judas Priest in 1977. Joan Baez continued to perform and record throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
In 2006, Joan Baez performed at the funeral of singing legend Lou Rawls, where she led Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder and others in the singing of "Amazing Grace". The same year, Joan Baez joined Bruce Springsteen onstage at his San Francisco concert, where the two performed the rolling anthem "Pay Me My Money Down". The title track of Springsteen's latest album, We Shall Overcome, was popularized by Joan Baez in 1963 when she performed it at Dr. King's March on Washington. The song went on to become one of the most popular anthems of the Civil Rights movement.