Ruthann Friedman (born July 6, 1944) is an American folk singer.
Born in Bronx, New York, Friedman spent her formative years in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles. She started playing guitar at the age of eight while listening to Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Josh White. Her first song gained her a spot on the television talent show Rocket to Stardom at age twelve. While at Ulysses S. Grant High School, she started playing "Hoot Nights" at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, met the musicians Steve Mann and Hoyt Axton and became part of the growing musical scene of Los Angeles.
Her first paid performance was at the Green Spider Coffee House in Denver, Colorado at the age of nineteen. Soon she was part of the "Hippy Migration," traveling the California Coast and living off earnings from her performances. While staying in San Francisco, California, Friedman befriended the members of Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and Janis Joplin. Her friendship with Van Dyke Parks not only influenced her deep commitment to music but also introduced her to The Association, who recorded her song "Windy" in 1967.
Three years later, Constant Companion, her first solo album, was released by Reprise Records. She also wrote and sang the songs for the cult movie Peace Killers, released in 1971.
In 2006, Water, a San Francisco label, reissued Constant Companion, renewing interest in Friedman's music and led to Water's release of a compilation of rare and previously unreleased home recordings from 1965–1971, Hurried Life.
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- Chris Kornelis, Everyone Knows "Windy", Seattle Weekly, 6 April 2011