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A nearly forgotten singer/songwriter of the '60s,
's early work bore a strong resemblance to another
working in Greenwich Village around 1966-1967 --
also favored a throaty blues folk-rock style with pop production flourishes, though he looked to outside material more, wasn't quite in
's league as a singer or songwriter, and had a much harsher, even gravelly vocal tone. Before beginning a solo career,
had sung with
in the folk trio
the Big Three
a few years before she joined
the Mamas and the Papas
. Signed by Columbia in 1966, his 1967 debut album (which actually included a few previously released singles) is considered by far his most significant work. Two of the tracks were particularly noteworthy: his slow arrangement of "Hey Joe" inspired
's version and "Morning Dew,"
's best original composition, became something of a standard, covered by
the Jeff Beck Group
the Grateful Dead
, and others. Years later, though, it was debated as to whether
wrote the song, or whether folksinger
penned the original version. Some non-LP singles he recorded around this time have unfortunately never been reissued, and although he made several other albums up through the mid-'70s, none matched the acclaim of the first one. An influence on Nick Cave and others,
died on September 24, 2002. A posthumous album called Snowed In, which contains material
was working on in the last year of his life, was released in 2003 by Cherry Red Records.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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