Talk:Jean Ritchie

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WikiProject class rating[edit]

This article was automatically assessed because at least one article was rated and this bot brought all the other ratings up to at least that level. BetacommandBot 16:58, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Ratings[edit]

I re-rated this to upgrade to a class B article. I would consider the importance to be at least Mid, due to international recognition. I have rated her Mid in the "Roots" class. Pustelnik (talk) 23:10, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

How Jean Ritchie's career got started[edit]

Shouldn't the following information be included in the main article?

from the website Musician's Guide:

Around this time Ritchie met Alan Lomax, the preeminent folklorist who had fostered the careers of Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and other noted contributors to America's music. In the Courier-Journal Lomax recounted that meeting: "I was in an office about 14 floors up on 57th Street working on a folk music project for Decca Records when this young lady came in--this beautiful, golden-haired woman from the mountains with a gorgeous voice. She said her friends had told her she should sing for me and she wondered If she could, so I said, 'Yes, sing.' She hadn't gone very far when suddenly the tears came to my eyes and I was crying at the beauty. In my mind she's one of the finest pure mountain singers ever discovered."
In 1948 Lomax arranged for Ritchie to give her first formal concert, which was held at Columbia University. He also recognized the importance of documenting her work, and arranged for her to record some of her songs for the Archive of the American Folk Song at the Library of Congress. "It's the rare person who know's how the flow of the poem enhances the melody of the song," he told the Courier-Journal. "Jean has a pure, instinctive knowledge for that. The true folk singer sings a new tune for every verse. All folk singers, if they're good, do this, but Jean handles it with extraordinary grace. . . . There is no one else in her category. She has devoted herself to her heritage and the struggle to convey it in all its majesty and beauty."

96.250.132.201 (talk) 16:42, 13 July 2008 (UTC)July 13, 2008

Verification of statements[edit]

In the wikipedia entry for Jean Ritchie, there is a claim that is unverified: "In the mid-thirties Alan Lomax recorded in Kentucky for the Library of Congress's Archive of Folk Song. Among the people he recorded were The Singing Ritchies."

Please cite any and all sources for this claim. We can find no record of these recordings in the American Folklife Center archives at the Library of Congress. Please show evidence that Alan Lomax recorded Jean Ritchie or any of the Ritchie family before 1946.

Thanks.

Bertram Lyons Folklife Specialist American Folklife Center Library of Congress —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bertramlyons (talkcontribs) 16:00, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

   That passage seems to have stood abt 7 years, since the article was started. In view of the preceding challenge having gone so long unresponded to here, i'm going straight to {{Dubious}} rather than just {{fact}}.
--Jerzyt 03:50, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

http://research.culturalequity.org/rc-b2/get-audio-ix.do?ix=recording&id=1850&idType=performerId&sortBy=abc 139 recordings by Alan Lomax featuring Jean Ritchie. As best I can see she was first recorded in the forties, which is also when the only other kentucky recordings are listed. Probably Lomax began recording in the thirties. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.31.62.23 (talk) 22:56, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Some info about her family, please.[edit]

Her son Jon is a musician. I believe I saw mention of another son whose name I do not recall.1archie99 (talk) 14:38, 6 November 2010 (UTC)

- Is it worth adding that Merrill Garbus, aka Tune-yards, is a distant cousin? https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/features/festivals/tune-yards-goes-fantasy-record-shopping-at-le-guess-who

Help requested: Can't add spouse to info box[edit]

Please help Can't get this info to be recognized when added to info box. |spouse = George Pickow (1950–December 10, 2010)1archie99 (talk) 12:50, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

The fields in the info box are predefined, and spouse isn't one of them. [[1]]. I don't know of any way you can override that.Oblivy (talk) 00:15, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Scottish Jean R[edit]

   I'm embarrassed to have confused her momentarily just now with Jean Redpath! Perhaps just my quirk, but if others do the same, save time by profiting from my error.
--Jerzyt 03:40, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

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