Throwback Thursday: Joni Mitchell

Joni MitchellThis week for Throwback Thursday we are playing a set of Joni Mitchell in honor of her 71st birthday!

Joni Mitchell was born on November 7th, 1943 in Alberta, Canada. Her family moved to Saskatchewan and Mitchell was struck with polio. Beating the odds she recovered and began to sing and teach herself to play guitar. after college she took a ukulele with her and began performing in the local Toronto folk music scene. Mitchell had a daughter, but had to put her up for adoption because she had no way to support her. Mitchell moved again, this time to Detroit, where she became a local hit. She was quickly signed to Reprise Records and moved to Los Angeles. Mitchell’s folk style was gaining popularity in the early 1970s California music scene. Alongside Crosby, Stills & Nash, and The Mama & Papas, Joni Mitchell rose to fame. Her third album, Ladies of the Canyon, went platinum in 1970 and featured her hit song “Big Yellow Taxi”. Mitchell took a break from performing to go and travel for inspiration for her next album. Blue was released in 1971 and almost instantly became a hit. After another hit album, Mitchell went through an experimental phase mix in jazz/pop fusion to her music. Mitchell’s jazz recordings were equally successful as her previous folk albums. With many more albums to follow Joni Mitchell went on to win a handful of Grammy Awards and is considered to be a national treasure in her home country of Canada.

By Blaise Fritsche

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