Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
VAN RONK, Dave
(b 30 June '36, Brooklyn NY; d of cancer 10 Feb. 2002, NYC) Folk/ blues singer, guitarist. Played in trad jazz bands mid-'50s, became a fixture in Greenwich Village folk scene with Jack Elliott, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan etc. Played Newport Folk Festival '63; formed Ragtime Jug Stompers '63, recorded with them '64 on Mercury. Big, raspy voice, sometimes bawdy material and excellent guitar playing owed much to country blues; he also wrote songs and many fans thought he would become a big star, but he remained popular on the college/ club circuit. He played Carnegie Hall, had his own NYC radio show '66, etc. Recorded for Lyrichord and Folkways late '50s, Prestige '63-4, Verve-Folkways '67-8, Fantasy early '70s, Philo '76. LPs: Blues, Black Mountain Blues, Sings Earthy Ballads And Blues on Folkways; two-disc Dave Van Ronk on Fantasy; Folksinger, In The Tradition and Sings Dave Van Ronk on Prestige; Somebody Else, Not Me and Sunday Street on Philo; From Another Time And Place on Alcazar.