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judee sill

My cd clear-out has now extended to a sort through boxes and boxes of old concert ticket stubs, programmes, newspaper and magazine articles … you know the sort of thing.

One magazine piece I unearthed today was from the early Noughties by Barney Hoskyns in The Observer and was about the West coast singer-songwriter Judee Sill.

Sill, like Laura Nyro, was a protegee of David Geffen and an early signing to his Asylum label.

If you don’t know them, those Asylum albums – Judee Sill (1971) and Heart Food (1973) – are well worth checking out.

There’s a two cd set  ‘Abracadabra: The Asylum Years’ (Rhino), which is available with bonus tracks at a budget price if you can get hold of that.

Foutunately, before her early death in 1979 aged 35, she visited the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test studio while promoting ‘Heart Food’ to record a couple of songs.

Also her song ‘Jesus Was A Crossmaker’ is the song that Nick Lowe admits to pinching a bit of for his own ‘(What’s So Wrong ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.’

Judee Sill RIP.

Judee Sill – The Pearl – live

Judee Sill – The Kiss – live

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