December 19, 2010

Happy 70th Birthday Phil Ochs~!

The great folksinger Phil Ochs would have turned 70 today. (He hanged himself at age 35, following a period of depression in which he believed he was a man named John Butler Train who had murdered Phil Ochs.) Ochs was the vintage Greenwich Village protest singer. Happy Birthday! Here's a smattering of songs:

"Here's to the State of Mississippi" is one of my favorite songs, incurably dated, but still powerful:
Phil Ochs - Here's to State of Mississippi .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine
And here's a website with lyrics and chords, if you want to sing a Phil Ochs song today. It's also what would have been my grandmother Helen Barnes Welsch's 98th birthday!

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