Joni Mitchell, born November 7, 1943, has been a household name in the industry for quite some time. She is one of the best folk singers of all time according to critics and has won countless Grammy Awards and nominations for her outstanding work. She received a rank 42 on “Rolling Stone’s” “100 Greatest Singers” list in 2008 and a Grammy Award for Best Album for her album “Turbulent Indigo.” Today we will help you celebrate this outstanding strong woman’s special day.
Roberta Joan Anderson, famously known as Joni Mitchell, was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada. She was born to William Andrew Anderson, a Norwegian man who was a Canadian Air Force flight lieutenant, and Myrtle Marguerite, a Scottish-Irish teacher. In school, she had a great interest in literature and was encouraged to write poetry, while also learning to play the piano.
Mitchell started producing music and her style of music was greatly appreciated by folk-music-loving people. She then released her first album, “Song to a Seagull,” which was produced by David Crosby. She had her breakthrough after the release of “Blue” which ranked 15th on the U.S. Billboard 200. Another one of her successes was her sixth album titled “Court and Sparks,” which ranked first on the Canadian R.P.M. Albums Chart and the U.S. Billboard 200. She has released countless other albums, including “Mingus,” “Night Ride Home,” “Taming the Tiger,” and “Both Sides Now.” In 2000, she also earned a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and an honorary doctorate in music from McGill University. She’s won nine Grammy Awards in various categories and was ranked ninth on “Rolling Stone’s” “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time,” in 2015.
Mitchell fell pregnant in college and after the father refused to marry her she took measures to keep her daughter safe and financially taken care of. She tied the knot with Chuck Mitchell in 1965 and, unfortunately, the marriage ended in a divorce, two years later. In 1982, she married Larry Klein, a bassist she used to work with on some of her albums, but they also got divorced in 1994.
After the successful release of her first album, Mitchell releases her second album, “Clouds.”
Mitchell makes it to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and also receives the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
After countless wins of Grammy Awards, she bags a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mitchell’s album, “Shine,” ranks 14th on the U.S. Billboard 200 and makes it to the charts of other countries as well.
Why We Love Joni Mitchell
Mitchell’s a fighter
She has suffered several illnesses and yet still got back up and produced music to the best of her ability. She suffered from a severe case of polio in her childhood, Morgellons disease, and a brain aneurysm over the years.
She has remained relevant
Most musicians lose relevance in the industry because they fail to keep up with the changing demands of the industry and society. Mitchell, on the other hand, has been adaptable to these changes and still, today gives us the music we can relate to.
Mitchell is independent in the sense that she’s credited as the sole producer in most of her releases and she is the creator of most of the artwork on her album covers. Most artists today employ and pay people to produce the music and create album covers for them but Mitchell was able to capitalize on her gifts and interests.
5 Surprising Facts
Mitchell’s a sole producer
Although most musicians tend to feature multiple producers, Mitchell, in the majority of her releases, is credited as the sole producer.
Her music inspired a revue
Mitchell’s music is the basis of “When All the Slaves Are Free,” Bryden MacDonald’s musical revue.
One of the top three award winners
She bagged the Order of Canada and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, becoming one of only three Canadian songwriters to win such awards.
Mitchell gave her child up for adoption
She feared not being able to raise her child due to a lack of sufficient finances during her early 20s, so she gave her daughter up for adoption.
She had health issues in her childhood
Mitchell suffered from polio and was hospitalized until her recovery.
Joni Mitchell FAQs
Did Mitchell have hobbies apart from music?
Yes, she enjoyed painting and creating works of art.
What inspired “Little Green?”
The daughter she couldn’t have is the main inspiration behind the song “Little Green.”
How many studio albums does she have?
Mitchell has 19 studio albums.
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