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Judy Collins
Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inductee

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(Judy Collins’ Colorado Music Hall of Fame Page)

Judy Collins, Glenn Miller, Paul Whiteman and John Denver are undoubtedly the four most prominent recording artists to emerge directly out of Colorado.   Judy Collins reigns supreme with a singing and composing career that spans five decades.  Judy was recently inducted into the Colorado Hall of Fame (2013) along with folk singer Bob Lind, The Serendipity Singers, and Chris Daniels of Magic Music, The Freddi-Henchi Band, and later with Spoons.

Judy was born in the northwest (Seattle) and moved on at a very young age to Los Angeles where her father – Cfound work after his radio show dissolved in Seattle, Washington.

Judy’s father Chuck (who became totally blind at age 4) was a huge influence on her musically (and of course in many other ways) especially in regards to her exposure to classical piano.  Judy was the first-born in the Collins family and was followed by three brothers in succession and then finally a “baby sister”.  The family came to Denver in in the late 1940’s  when Judy’s father accepted a job working for Lloyd King – the owner of what would become one of the first super market chains – King Soopers.  Frank’s new job was hosting a radio show promoting the King business – interviewing and performing on local radio.  Judy’s father struggled severely with alcohol – an affliction which would be shared by Judy as well for many years of her life.

The Collins family first resided in extreme east Denver on Willow Street and later moved to a house on Oneida and finally to a residence on Emerson Street.  Judy progressed as a very young pianist prodigy well into her high school years (she attended East High in Denver).  Her destiny seemed to certainly be one as a classical musician, but then in the late 1950’s Judy was completely taken in by pure forms of folk music and cites a song by pop singer Jo Stafford, “Barbara Allen” as a song that “would change my life”.  She would inform her classical music mentor in Denver that she was more interested in folk music and took up the guitar embarking on what would be her life’s passion.

A Young Judy Collins on the Keyboards (Colorado Music Hall of Fame)

A Young Judy Collins on the Keyboards
(Colorado Music Hall of Fame)

Judy would perform at Sportsland Valley near Winter Park after her Sophomore year at East and continue the following summer.  She met and formed a friendship with black local folk singer Walt Conley who recorded for Band Box Records.  After graduation she worked at the Lemon Lodge in Grand Lake – cleaning rooms and singing for guests.  She and her husband-to-be worked in Estes Park in 1958 running Fern Lake Lodge where she performed informally when time permitted among all her other duties.

Judy first serious attempt at performing folk came in Boulder, Colorado auditioning at Michael’s Pub, a college spot near the CU campus.  Then in 1959 she took a gig at Central City’s Guilded Garter – where Robert Zimmerman (Bob Dylan) would one day perform.  In the fall of 1959 Judy began singing at Denver’s folk shop The Exodus as well as continuing on at Michael’s Pub in Boulder.  Her husband Peter next took a fellowship in Chicago, and Judy departed Colorado.  She would return often – as she continues to this day.

COLLINS JUDY - SH MUSIC BOTH SIDES NOWHer memories are elegantly shared in her book “Singing Lessons” a reflection on her life and the loss of her son Clark to suicide.  I highly recommend any affected by a suicide to read Judy’s healing account of her life.Judy Collins, Glen Miller and John Denver are undoubtedly the three most prominent recording artists to emerge directly out of Colorado.   Judy Collins reigns supreme with a singing and composing career that spans five decades.  Judy was recently inducted into the Colorado Hall of Fame (2013) along with folk singer Bob Lind, The Serendipity Singers, and Chris Daniels of Magic Music, The Freddi-Henchi Band, and later with Spoons.

Judy was born in the northwest (Seattle) and moved on at a very young age to Los Angeles where her father – Cfound work after his radio show dissolved in Seattle, Washington.

Judy’s father Chuck (who became totally blind at age 4) was a huge influence on her musically (and of course in many other ways) especially in regards to her exposure to classical piano.  Judy was the first-born in the Collins family and was followed by three brothers in succession and then finally a “baby sister”.  The family came to Denver in in the late 1940’s  when Judy’s father accepted a job working for Lloyd King – the owner of what would become one of the first super market chains – King Soopers.  Frank’s new job was hosting a radio show promoting the King business – interviewing and performing on local radio.  Judy’s father struggled severely with alcohol – an affliction which would be shared by Judy as well for many years of her life.

The Collins family first resided in extreme east Denver on Willow Street and later moved to a house on Oneida and finally to a residence on Emerson Street.  Judy progressed as a very young pianist prodigy well into her high school years (she attended East High in Denver).  Her destiny seemed to certainly be one as a classical musician, but then in the late 1950’s Judy was completely taken in by pure forms of folk music and cites a song by pop singer Jo Stafford, “Barbara Allen” as a song that “would change my life”.  She would inform her classical music mentor in Denver that she was more interested in folk music and took up the guitar embarking on what would be her life’s passion.

Judy would perform at Sportsland Valley near Winter Park after her Sophomore year at East and continue the following summer.  She met and formed a friendship with black local folk singer Walt Conley who recorded for Band Box Records.  After graduation she worked at the Lemon Lodge in Grand Lake – cleaning rooms and singing for guests.  She and her husband-to-be worked in Estes Park in 1958 running Fern Lake Lodge where she performed informally when time permitted amongst all her other duties.

Judy first serious attempt at performing folk came in Boulder, Colorado auditioning at Michael’s Pub, a college spot near the CU campus.  Then in 1959 she took a gig at Central City’s Guilded Garter – where Robert Zimmerman (Bob Dylan) would one day perform.  In the fall of 1959 Judy began singing at Denver’s folk shop The Exodus as well as continuing on at Michael’s Pub in Boulder.  Her husband Peter next took a fellowship in Chicago, and Judy departed Colorado.  She would return often – as she continues to this day.

Her memories are elegantly shared in her book “Singing Lessons” a reflection on her life and the loss of her son Clark to suicide.  I highly recommend any affected by a suicide to read Judy’s healing account of her life.

December 5th, 1970 Billboard Ad

December 5th, 1970 Billboard Ad

Visit the Judy Collins 45 Discography Page

Visit the Judy Collins LP Discography Page

 

Judy Collins Recordings

Collins, Judy Columbia 46102 LP Fire Of Eden
Collins, Judy DCC Compact Classics 2067 LP Colors Of The Day The Best Of Judy Collins 1998
Collins, Judy Direct Disk 16607 LP Judith 1980
Collins, Judy Elektra 243 LP Judy Collins #3
Collins, Judy Elektra 1032 LP Judith 1975
Collins, Judy Elektra 2538 LP Running For My Life 1980
Collins, Judy Elektra 5030 LP The Best of Judy Collins 1973 Quad
Collins, Judy Elektra 6002 LP So Early In The Morning 1977
Collins, Judy Elektra 7208 LP Maid Of Constant Sorrow
Collins, Judy Elektra 7222 LP Golden Apples Of The Sun
Collins, Judy Elektra 7280 LP The Judy Collins Concert
Collins, Judy Elektra 7300 LP Fifth Album 1965
Collins, Judy Elektra 45008 45 Turn, Turn, Turn Farewell 1963
Collins, Judy Elektra 45253 45 Send In The Clowns Houses 1975
Collins, Judy Elektra 45289 45 Angel Spread Your Wings The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress 1975
Collins, Judy Elektra 45355 45 Bread & Roses Out Of Control 1976 PS
Collins, Judy Elektra 45372 45 Everything Must Change Special Delivery 1976
Collins, Judy Elektra 45415 45 Born To Breed Special Delivery 1977
Collins, Judy Elektra 45601 45 I’ll Keep It With Mine Thristy Boots 1965
Collins, Judy Elektra 45610 45 I Think It’s Going To Rain Today Hard Lovin’ Losers 1965
Collins, Judy Elektra 45639 45 Both Sides Now Who Knows Where The Time Goes 1968
Collins, Judy Elektra 45649 45 Someday Soon My Father 1968
Collins, Judy Elektra 45657 45 Chelsea Morning Pretty Polly 1969 PS
Collins, Judy Elektra 45680 45 Pack Up Your Sorrows Turn, Turn, Turn 1970
Collins, Judy Elektra 45709 45 Amazing Grace Nightingale II 1971
Collins, Judy Elektra 45755 45 Open The Door Innisfree 1971
Collins, Judy Elektra 45813 45 In My Life Sunny Goodge Street 1972
Collins, Judy Elektra 45831 45 Cook With Honey So Begins The Task 1973
Collins, Judy Elektra 45849 45 The Hostage Secret Gardens 1973
Collins, Judy Elektra 46020 45 Hard Times For Lovers Happy End 1979 PS
Collins, Judy Elektra 46050 45 Where Or When Dorothy 1979
Collins, Judy Elektra 46623 45 Bright Morning Star Almost Free 1980
Collins, Judy Elektra 46651 45 The Rainbow Connection Running For My Life 1980
Collins, Judy Elektra 47243 45 Memory The Life You Dream 1982
Collins, Judy Elektra 47437 45 Drink A Round To Ireland Drink A Round To Ireland 1982
Collins, Judy Elektra 52039 LP Bread & Roses 1976
Collins, Judy Elektra 74027 LP In My Life
Collins, Judy Elektra 74033 LP Who Knows Where The Time Goes 1968
Collins, Judy Elektra 74055 LP Recollections
Collins, Judy Elektra 75030 LP Colors Of The Day The Best Of Judy Collins 1972
Collins, Judy Elektra 75053 LP True Stories & Other Dreams 1973
Collins, Judy Gold Castle 71302 LP Trust Your Heart 1989
Collins, Judy Gold Castle 71318 LP Sanity And Grace 1989
Collins, Judy Pair 1141 LP Her Finest Hour 1986
Collins, Judy Warner Special Products 8462 LP Judy Collins 1981
Collins, Judy & Others Post 1 LP WKBW Klassics Vol. 11
Collins, Judy & Others RCA Avon 842 LP Stars Of Christmas

 

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