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Carolyn Hester (1960)

Despite the blurb above, this album does not have Bob Dylan on it; he played harmonica on her third album produced by john Hammond for Columbia and released in 1962. Hester set the standard for female folksingers of the era before the discovery of Joan Baez and Judy Collins. This is Hester's second album produced by Paddy Clancy of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem fame for their Tradition Records. She sings traditional songs accompanying herself on the guitar, including two songs in Spanish. Her version of Summertime was an inspiration for her fellow Texan, Janis Joplin.


Born: January 28, 1937 in Waco, TX

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s

Although Carolyn Hester's talent was tenuous, she was an important if marginal figure of the early-'60s folk revival, singing traditional material with a high voice in the manner of Joan Baez and Judy Collins (though with less command). She is also remembered for brief her musical associations with Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, and Richard Fariña, as well as having her early albums produced by music legends Norman Petty (who had produced Holly), Tom Clancy, John Hammond, and John Simon. Some of her early-...
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