(June 30, 1936-February 10, 2002)
Born in Brooklyn, New York
Folksinger and guitarist
Recorded the albums 'Dave Van Ronk Sings' (1961), 'Dave Van Ronk Folksinger' (1963), 'Inside Dave Van Ronk' (1963), 'In the Tradition' (1964), 'Just Dave Van Ronk' (1964), 'No Dirty Names' (1966), 'Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters' (1967), 'Van Ronk' (1971), 'Songs for Aging Children' (1973), 'Sunday Street' (1976), 'Somebody Else, Not Me' (1980), 'Going Back to Brooklyn' (1985), 'Peter and the Wolf' (1990), 'Let No One Deceive You: The Songs of Bertolt Brecht' (1992), 'To All My Friends in Far-Flung Places' (1995), 'Sweet and Lowdown' (2001) and 'The Mayor of MacDougal Street' (2005)
Received the ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award (1997)
Known as 'the Mayor of MacDougal Street' (a street in Greenwich Village, New York City)
Why he might be annoying
He was a member of the Trotskyite Workers' League.
He was turned down for the slot in Peter, Paul and Mary that eventually went to Noel Paul Stookey.
He refused to fly and never learned to drive, so he would recruit other musicians to drive him to shows.
During the Stonewall Riots, he was arrested for assaulting a police officer (1969).
Why he might not be annoying
He served as mentor to a couple of generations of folksingers, from Bob Dylan to Suzanne Vega.
He said about folk purists who criticized Dylan for going electric, 'Forty years later, Bobby is still out there making music and they're all dentists.'
Janis Ian said, 'He was a song encyclopedia and a great raconteur.'
He was left-handed (although he played guitar right-handed).
Credit: C. Fishel
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