Friday, February 15, 2013

Legend of a Girl Child Linda

This is one of those filler posts - some video I have found interesting...
It's a song I like-oh I have to go pick one-I wasn't sure which one...
Just a minute...

OK this one is about a modern folk song called "Legend of a Girl Child Linda".
It was written by Donovan... Donovan Leitch-the eccentric but successful Scottish singer/songwriter. The song  was recorded for his Sunshine Superman album, and was written about a women named Linda Lawrence, who become his spouse.  

The song was covered in 1967 by Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Mimi Farina... The 1967 (live?) recording was only available on a obscure charity album until it was finally re-released on the second disc of Joan Baez' s 1993 box set called Rare, Live and Classic..

  I don't why the track wasn't better known , though back in the sixties and the seventies record companies were reluctant to let their artists work with other successful artists. Especially if they were on a different label.. While most people should know who Joan and Judy are, many don't remember Mimi Farina.  Mimi was Joan's sister. She worked in a duo with Richard Farina and also did solo work, she died in 2001. This song features Mimi on the main lead vocal, but Joan and Judy sing lead parts as well. I love the song-the weird lyrics, the harmonies, the shared  lead vocals.
The video shows a picture of three of them (Mimi in the middle)  but sadly doesn't feature a live performance of the song...


More about Linda Lawrence, the subject of the song...
Born Late:Legend of a Girl Child Linda






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