Song of the Day: Joni Mitchell, “Woodstock”

No, it isn’t Joni Mitchell’s birthday. Rather, Max Yasgur, the dairy farmer whose land hosted the Woodstock Festival, would be 101 years old today. It was recorded three times in 1970, first by Mitchell herself for her album Ladies Of The Canyon. It was used as the B side for her single "Big Yellow Taxi." Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young did a hard-rock cover of it for their Déja Vu album and released it as a single, which reached #11 in the US and #3 in Canada. Finally, in late 1970 the British band Matthews Southern Comfort did a cover, which reached #1 on the UK singles chart in 1971.

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  1. I always get her confused with Janis Joplin, I guess because both were before my time. I know that one of them died, but unless I look it up, can never remember which one. Even when I do look it up, I’ll soon forget.

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