Folk Singer Judy Henske Useless at 85


Judy Henske, a famous determine in the folks revival movement of the ’60s, died on April 27 at age 85. Her partner, Craig Doerge, claimed Henske died though in hospice treatment in Los Angeles right after a extended sickness.

Henske, who was born in Chippewa Falls, Wis., in 1936, relocated to San Diego in 1959, where she started executing in local coffeehouses and landed a visitor shot on ABC’s Hootenanny Tv show. She then moved to Oklahoma Metropolis in 1962, where by her potent, extraordinary vocal fashion caught the consideration of ex-Kingston Trio member Dave Guard, who requested her to be a part of the Whiskeyhill Singers.

The group recorded one album right before Jac Holzman of Elektra Records took recognize of Henske and signed her as a solo act. She launched two albums with the label that included a combine of folks, blues, jazz and stand-up comedy. The 2nd album yielded the minor hit “Higher Flying Chicken,” which was later covered by acts like Jefferson Plane, Gram Parsons and Neil Younger.

Henske moved yet again, this time to New York Metropolis, where by she executed at famous folks venues like the Village Gate and the Bitter Close. She also appeared on an early episode of The Judy Garland Show. (She declined an supply of a normal purpose in the program.) In 1963, she appeared together with Johnny Cash in the musical comedy film Hootenanny Hoot. Henske also often shared phases in New York with Woody Allen, who drew from her individuality and background for his Oscar-successful 1977 movie Annie Corridor. (The film’s title character is an aspiring singer from Chippewa Falls.)

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In 1963, Henske married musician Jerry Yester, who would later join the Lovin’ Spoonfuls. After going to California, she recorded a 2nd dwell album, 1966’s The Demise Defying Judy Henske, additionally various singles that ended up organized and generated by Jack Nitzsche, who dubbed her the “Queen of the Beatniks.”

With Yester, she introduced the psychedelic folk album Farewell Aldebaran for Frank Zappa’s Straight Information, a cult record famous for its early use of synthesizers. The couple then fashioned a quintet called Rosebud, which produced a person eponymous album in 1971.

Henske stepped away from undertaking to concentrate on songwriting, collaborating often with her next husband, Doerge. They wrote “Yellow Seaside Umbrella,” which was later protected by 3 Pet dog Evening and Bette Midler, alongside with “Might as Perfectly Have a Superior Time,” later on recorded by Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Henske put in the ’90s undertaking in little venues, in advance of returning to recorded new music in 1999 with Loose in the Environment, adopted by She Sang California in 2004. “I’ve done pretty nicely in my existence, and it’s been really enjoyment,” Henske said in a 2013 job interview with The Chippewa Herald. “I followed my bliss.”

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