There But For Fortune 45 by Joan Baez

September 20, 2010

Joan Baez was a seminal figure in the early sixties folk movement in The United States. She first gained attention through her appearance at the first Newport Folk Festival in 1959.

She has one of the purist voices in music. Her clear soprano appears effortless and the tone is crystal clear. Her interpretations of Bob Dylan compositions help to gain him gain some early fame.

On September 11, 1965 she released her version of the Phil Ochs tune “There But For Fortune.” While it only reached number fifty on THE BILLBOARD MAGAZINE singles charts it was a unique and poignant interpretation.

During the seventies she would move on to a pop sound but would leave behind a wonderful folk legacy including this old Phil Ochs tune.