Jean Ritchie has died. She was a folk music singer/songwriter and an Appalachian dulcimer player and when she passed away she was ninety-two years old on June 1, 2105. She was from Kentucky and one of he biggest influences was Bob Dylan. She also gave much influence to a generation younger singers such as Judy Collins and Emmylou Harris. She was tall and had red and grew up in the Cumberland mountains.Some of her hits you have heard of are Black is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair, Old Virginny, One Morning in May and Aunt Sal’s Song.
Bob Dylan mentioned her as,
one of the folksingers he listened to, along with Woody Guthrie, Big Bill Broonzy and Lead Belly.
Her family consisted of fourteen children, she was the youngest talks her days working with Dylan,
in the early Sixties when many in New York found his style unimpressive. “It wasn’t musical and he didn’t care whether he had a pretty voice or not,” Ritchie said in 2008. “He was friendly and well liked, but it took him a while to become famous. We were on stages together and he had this weird way of singing. It was almost early rap.”
Along with Seeger, Odetta, Joan Baez and Earl Scruggs, she was one of the singers at the first Newport Folk Festival in 1959Johnny Cash recorded her composition The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore and Harris performed Sweet Sorrow in the Wind.
She was married to George Pickow.