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Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary.
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Joni Mitchell

Famous For:
Chelsea Morning, Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock
Networth:
$10 Million
Currently Known For:
Semi-Retired Singer
Famous Years:
1970-Present
Birthdate:
November 7, 1943
Joni Mitchell



  Famous For:
Chelsea Morning, Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock

  Networth:
$10 Million


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When talking about the most influential musicians to ever live, the first names that tend to come to mind are the likes of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson or The Beatles. One talent that hasn’t quite gotten the recognition she perhaps deserves is Joni Mitchell, who has one of the greatest albums to ever be released in terms of critical reception, with some listing “Blue” as the best album made be a female singer. Though it’s been quite some time since Mitchell recorded an album, she remains an iconic rocker that’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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Mitchell was born in Fort Macleod, Canada on November 7, 1943, under the birthname of Roberta Anderson. Mitchell wasn’t all that interested in music at first, actually, wanting to focus on a career in painting. Once she started to learn how to play the piano, however, Mitchell would start to get more of an interest in song. Her first foray into music would come via the country genre, performing in front of small crowds in Canada for a few years. This included playing at any building that would have her, with some of the crowds only reaching into double digits.

Eventually moving to the United States and spending time in several different areas, Mitchell was still looking to find a broader audience throughout the rest of the 1960s. The tide would finally turn for Mitchell after the release of her second album, “Clouds”, in 1969. The previous year, Mitchell had released her debut album “Song to a Seagull” that hardly registered on the charts, but “Clouds” would reach the top 40 in both the United States and Canada, getting certified as a gold album. “Clouds” ended up netting Mitchell her first Grammy, winning the title for Best Folk Performance.

The release of Mitchell’s next album, “Ladies of the Canyon”, would end up helping her score one of her biggest hits with “Big Yellow Taxi”. With that, Mitchell was well on her way to being among the most popular acts of the 1970s, having released a total of eight songs that would reach the top 100 in the United States. The biggest hit of them all came in 1974 with “Help Me” from the “Court and Spark” album, which nearly reached the top spot on the mainstream charts while securing the number one distinction on the adult contemporary charts.

Though Mitchell continued to release albums in the 1980s, they didn’t come as frequently as the prior decade. She would come out with just three albums, all of which were solid hits in her native Canada, and followed it up with just three more albums in the 1990s. Out of all of her releases, “Court and Spark” would be the biggest hit, and Mitchell has a total of eight Grammy Awards to her name, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. She wouldn’t attend her induction, but fans were pleased to see that she was getting the recognition that she deserved.

In 2002, it appeared that Mitchell released what many thought would be her final album with “Travelogue”. The album would be a double release that was worthy of a send-off, having a total of 22 tracks. “I’m quitting after this because the business has made itself so repugnant to me,” Mitchell said upon the release of the album. “The willingness to do anything to stay in the news - that’s the formula now. But no real artist has the stomach for all that commodification. I’m not ambitious to be a bigger star, and we live in a decadent time when people shrug about misogyny or that there are crooks in power. I can’t write songs in this climate. I’m basically phasing out; I’m retiring again.”

Then, after a few years of being retired, Mitchell made her return officially in 2007 with the album “Shine” that would end up reaching the top 20 on the Billboard charts. Since then, however, Mitchell has gone back into retirement having not released a new studio album in over a decade. Over the past few years, Mitchell has been able to stay out of the spotlight, though her health has come into question a few times.

In 2015, there were rumors that Mitchell had passed after having a brain aneurysm, but it was found out that she indeed lived through the event. Now 74 years old, Mitchell is no longer recording, but still remains an icon in the music industry. Interviews with Mitchell are rare these days, but when she does speak, people tend to listen as she’s always been very outspoken on a wide range of topics.

As for how Mitchell feels she changed the music industry, she says that “For the most part, women were accused of having bad timing and not being able to spontaneously compose” regarding gender. “I heard sessions with Billie Holiday where she would have no power in the room. It’s a man’s world. Men wrote most of the songs for women and they were mostly tales of seduction. I wrote my own songs. That ended that.”

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