Judy Collins


Judith "Judy" Marjorie Collins is an American singer and songwriter, known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records, and for her social activism. She is an alumna of MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

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1939 Birth Born on May 1, 1939.
1949 10 Years Old Collins was born the eldest of five siblings in Seattle, Washington, where she spent the first ten years of her life. Her father, a blind singer and radio disc jockey, took a job in Denver, Colorado, in 1949, and the family moved there. … Read More


1958 19 Years Old Collins has been married twice. Her first marriage in 1958 to Peter Taylor produced her only child, Clark C. Taylor, born the same year. The marriage ended in divorce in 1965.


1961 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Collins' debut album A Maid of Constant Sorrow was released in 1961, but it was the lead single from her 1967 album Wildflowers, "Both Sides, Now" — written for her by Joni Mitchell — that gave Collins international prominence. … Read More
1962 23 Years Old In 1962, shortly after her debut at Carnegie Hall, Collins was diagnosed with tuberculosis and spent six months recuperating in a sanatorium. … Read More
1966 27 Years Old While Collins' first few albums consisted of straightforward guitar-based folk songs, with 1966's In My Life, she began branching out and including work from such diverse sources as the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Jacques Brel, and Kurt Weill. … Read More
1967 28 Years Old With her 1967 album Wildflowers, also produced by Abramson and arranged by Rifkin, Collins began to record her own compositions, beginning with "Since You've Asked". … Read More
1968 29 Years Old Collins' 1968 album Who Knows Where the Time Goes was produced by David Anderle, and featured back-up guitar by Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills & Nash), with whom she was romantically involved at the time. (She was the inspiration for Stills's CSN classic "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes".) Time Goes had a mellow country sound and included Ian Tyson's "Someday Soon" and the title track, written by the UK singer-songwriter Sandy Denny. … Read More


1975 36 Years Old The single charted on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1975 and then again in 1977, spending 27 nonconsecutive weeks on the chart and earning Collins a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, as well as a Grammy Award for Sondheim for Song of the Year.
1976 37 Years Old Collins also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for Send in the Clowns in 1976. … Read More


1979 40 Years Old Collins' 1979 album Hard Times for Lovers gained some extra publicity with the cover sleeve photograph of Collins in the nude.
1987 48 Years Old In more recent years Collins has taken to writing, producing a memoir, Trust Your Heart, in 1987 and a novel, Shameless.


1992 53 Years Old A more recent memoir, Sanity and Grace, tells of her son Clark's death in January 1992. … Read More
1993 54 Years Old She performed at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993, singing "Amazing Grace" and "Chelsea Morning". (The Clintons have stated that they named their daughter, Chelsea, after Collins' recording of the song.) In 2006, she sang "This Little Light of Mine" in a commercial for Eliot Spitzer.
1996 57 Years Old In April 1996, she married designer and fellow activist Louis Nelson, whom she had been seeing since 1979. … Read More


2008 69 Years Old In 2008 she oversaw an album featuring artists ranging from Dolly Parton and Joan Baez to Rufus Wainwright and Chrissie Hynde covering her compositions; she also released a collection of Beatles covers, and she received an honorary doctorate from Pratt Institute on May 18 of that year.
2010 71 Years Old In 2010, Collins sang "The Weight of the World" at the Newport Folk Festival, a song by Amy Speace. … Read More
2012 73 Years Old In July 2012, Collins appeared as a guest artist on the Australian SBS television programme RocKwiz. … Read More
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