Joan Baez isn’t already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
I’m sure many people have asked that question upon hearing that Miss Baez will be inducted with the Rock Hall’s Class of 2017.
Well, not only has Joan Baez not already been inducted, but she has never even been on the ballot until last year!
You read that correctly. This folk-rock icon has never been on the official nominating list until 2016. It’s hard to get in the Hall of Fame if nobody can even vote for you. The Rock Hall finally got it right and will be inducting this well deserving artist after a thirty-one year wait.
Joan Baez started her musical journey by playing clubs in the Boston area as a teenager. She was soon signed to Vanguard Records and released her first album in 1960 as a nineteen year old prodigy with a beautiful voice.
After moving to New York and releasing her 2nd album, which was certified gold, she met a young Bob Dylan in Greenwich Village and the two of them soon became a couple. They would often tour and perform duets together on stage until their romance fizzled out in 1965.
Miss Baez would go on to release at least one album every year for the next seventeen consecutive years (1960-1977), many of which would make the Top 40 in album sales and a few even cracking the Top Ten.
Always an activist, Joan has taken part in several Civil Rights marches throughout her career including the march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights and the March on Washington in 1963 with Dr. Martin Luther King, where she sang “We Shall Overcome.”
She was also a part of several Vietnam War protests in the late 1960s. She once said “I went to jail for 11 days for disturbing the peace; I was trying to disturb the war!”
Widely popular, Baez was asked to close the first night of the Woodstock festival. She was also one of the top earners of the festival by taking home $10,000 for her performance.
Today, she is still an activist that supports human rights, environmental causes and LGBT rights.
Congratulations to Joan Baez for your induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is a woman with strong convictions who isn’t afraid to walk the walk.