Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Joni Mitchell Before She Was Joni Mitchell

An amazing clip from 1965, Joni Mitchell née Anderson, performs the unreleased Born to Take the Highway on the Oscar Brandt hootenanny show. In `65, Mitchell's career - and life - were about to take off at lightspeed. An unwed mother, she gave birth to a girl in February 1965, and married Chuck Mitchell, who was not the father. Mitchell would give the baby up for adoption, which is another story. By 1966 she and Chuck Mitchell were divorced, and Joni, keeping his last name, was on the highway to becoming Joni Mitchell.

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