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Ruthann Friedman

Though her best-known composition was the ubiquitous soft rock hit the Association had with her breezy tune "Windy," songwriter Ruthann Friedman penned countless songs throughout the '60s and '70s, getting into more softly psychedelic and introspective territory than that elevator rock classic would suggest. Born in the Bronx in 1944, Friedman spent her youth in the suburbs of Los Angeles, eventually becoming part of the burgeoning hippie movement and taking to the road to live out that nomadic lifestyle. Some time spent in San Francisco saw her befriending scene luminaries like Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Van Dyke Parks, who eventually introduced her to the Association in 1967. This meeting led to the recording of their and her greatest hit, and on the heels of that song's enormous popularity, Friedman recorded her first official solo album, Constant Companion, released on Reprise in 1971. The album failed to make waves and it would be decades before reissue label Water discovered Friedman's catalog, re-releasing the album in 2006 along with a companion compilation entitled Hurried Life: Lost Recordings 1965-1971. In 2013, another volume of unissued recordings emerged, this one titled Windy: Ruthann Friedman Songbook. ~ Fred Thomas
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hurried Life - Lost Recordings 1965-1971

1. Hurried Life

2. That's All Right

3. To Treat A Friend

4. Sky Is Moving South

5. Looking Glass

6. Silver Bird

7. Between The Lines

8. I'm Askin'

9. Windy

10. Typical Sunday

11. Southern Comfortable

12. Alone At Last

13. Boy Took A Ticket

14. Method Madness

15. Little Girl Lost & Found

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Track List: Constant Companion

1. Topsy-Turvy Moon

2. Piper's Call

3. Fairy Prince Rainbow Man

4. Too Late To Be Mourning

5. Ringing Bells

6. Looking Back Over Your Shoulder

7. People

8. Morning Becomes You

9. Peaceable Kingdom

10. No Time

11. Danny

12. Look Up To The Sun

13. Carry On (Glittering Dancer)

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I won the album Constant Companion for a late night radio contest on KNEW for having the funniest name in Spokane, Wa. At least that night at 3:00 am. I still have the album.
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Mysterious, melancholy folk singer, she definitely "has something" alright. Love the couple songs I've heard by her!!
New discovery, thanks to Pandora.
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bontruk
I'm intrigued by her music. As far as 60's folk goes, I prefer The Pentangle and not much else, but Ruthann has something... .
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third_instar
i like grace slick - but now i know she's not one of a kind. I love Pandora!

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