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Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, responsible for hits such as "Both Sides Now" and "Big Yellow Taxi," is widely considered 1960s and '70s folk royalty.
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Joni Mitchell was born on November 7, 1943, in Fort Macleod, Canada. In 1968, she recorded her first, self-titled album. Other highly successful albums followed. Mitchell won her first Grammy Award (best folk performance) for her 1969 album, Clouds. She has won more four Grammy Awards since then, in several different categories, including traditional pop and pop music.
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943, in Fort Macleod, Canada. Mitchell emerged as one of the leading folk performers of the late 1960s and '70s. At the beginning of her career, her compositions were highly original and personal in their lyrical imagery. It was this style that first attracted attention among folk-music audiences in Toronto while she was still in her teens. She moved to the United States in the mid-1960s. In 1968, she recorded her first album, Joni Mitchell, which was produced by David Crosby.
Other highly successful albums followed. Joni Mitchell won her first Grammy Award (best folk performance) in 1969, for the album Clouds. Over the past four decades, Mitchell has won seven more Grammy Awards in several different categories, including traditional pop, pop music and lifetime achievement. Her other successful recordings include Ladies of the Canyon (1970) and Blue (1971). Mitchell wasn’t the only one making hits with the songs she wrote. Many other musicians have recorded her songs, including Judy Collins; the Counting Crows; and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Mitchell's later albums include Taming the Tiger (1998), Both Sides Now (2000), and the compilation albums Dreamland (2004) and Songs of a Prairie Girl (2005). In addition to her own extensive body of work, she has been an enormous influence on several other artists, with her unique guitar styling and expressive lyrics.
Mitchell was inducted in the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.
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