Dave Van Ronk, singer, songwriter
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: David Van Ronk

Dave Van Ronk

June 30, 1936, Brooklyn, NY ~ February 10, 2002, New York, NY

He was an important figure in the acoustic folk revival of the 1960s. His work ranged from old English ballads to Bertolt Brecht, blues, gospel, rock, New Orleans jazz, and swing. He was also known for performing instrumental ragtime guitar music, especially his transcription of St. Louis Tickle and Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag. Dave Van Ronk was regarded as the friendly uncle of Greenwich Village, presiding over the coffeehouse folk culture and acting as a friend to many up and coming artists, inspiring, aiding and promoting them. Folk performers whom he befriended included Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Phil Ochs, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Joni Mitchell ~ Wikipedia: Dave Van Ronk ~ retrieved June 15, 2013 © Wikipedia

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Mr. Van Ronk had three essential qualities for his role in the folk revival of the 1950's and 60's: a sense of history, a sense of humor and a gift for making fellow musicians feel at home. He was nicknamed the Mayor of Macdougal Street, and his apartment became a gathering place for folk musicians of his own generation and the ones that followed, among them Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Christine Lavin and Suzanne Vega. For more than 40 years he worked the folk circuit of clubs, coffeehouses and festivals, and he made two dozen albums. ~ New York Times: Dave Van Ronk Obituary ~ February 12, 2002 © New York Times



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