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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.
By United Press International

'Grease' opening animator John David Wilson dead at 93

BLACKPOOL, England, July 2 (UPI) -- John David Wilson, a British animator whose credits include "Grease" and "Lady & the Tramp," has died in Blackpool, England, his family said. He was 93.
Joni Mitchell honored at Toronto tribute concert

Joni Mitchell honored at Toronto tribute concert

TORONTO, June 20 (UPI) -- Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was honored for her life and career at a special concert at Massey Hall in Toronto this week.

Rock producer Andy Johns dead at 62

LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- Producer-engineer Andy Johns, who worked with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, died Sunday in Los Angeles, a publicist said. He was 62.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
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Swift considering Joni Mitchell role

Swift considering Joni Mitchell role

HOLLYWOOD, April 21 (UPI) -- U.S. country music star Taylor Swift is considering playing the role of music legend Joni Mitchell in the upcoming film "Girls Like Us," Variety reported.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.
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Gaga puts on a show for Clinton clan

Gaga puts on a show for Clinton clan

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Lady Gaga expressed her love for Bill and Hilary Clinton in outrageous fashion at a gala honoring the former president in Los Angeles.

Hancock nabs Album of the Year Grammy

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Herbie Hancock pulled an upset in Los Angeles Sunday night when he nabbed the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for "River: The Joni Letters."

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007.
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Hancock salutes Mitchell on new album

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- American jazz great Herbie Hancock said his new album is more than just a tribute to Joni Mitchell.

Khan's first album in nearly 10 years

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Despite a nearly 10-year break, American R&B diva Chaka Khan never doubted she'd put out another album.

Joni Mitchell moves to Hear Music stable

SEATTLE, July 25 (UPI) -- Music icon Joni Mitchell has been coaxed out of retirement and signed a two-album deal with Hear Music, the album label for the U.S. coffee giant Starbucks.

British musician gains fame through iTunes

LONDON, April 7 (UPI) -- British musician Kate Walsh became an overnight celebrity after her homemade album in Brighton, England, topped the national iTunes chart.

Model, poets form unusual pop sensation

PARIS, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Former Italian supermodel Carla Bruni has embraced the writings of poets to become the next likely European pop music sensation, a report out of Paris says.
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Joni Mitchell
NYP2000040709- 07 APRIL 2000- NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Actress Susan Sarandon applaudes singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell right after taping April 6 TNT television special honoring Mitchell. ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Joni Mitchell, CC, (born Roberta Joan Anderson; November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter.

Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her native Western Canada and then busking on the streets of Toronto. In the mid-1960s she left for New York City and its rich folk music scene, recording her debut album in 1968 and achieving fame first as a songwriter ("Urge for Going", "Chelsea Morning", "Both Sides, Now", "Woodstock") and then as a singer in her own right. Finally settling in Southern California, Mitchell played a key part in the folk rock movement then sweeping the musical landscape. Blue, her starkly personal 1971 album, is regarded as one of the strongest and most influential records of the time. Mitchell also had pop hits such as "Big Yellow Taxi", "Free Man in Paris", and "Help Me", the last two from 1974's best-selling Court and Spark.

Mitchell's contralto vocals , distinctive harmonic guitar style, and piano arrangements all grew more complex through the 1970s as she was deeply influenced by jazz, melding it with pop, folk and rock on experimental albums like 1976's Hejira. She worked closely with jazz greats including Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, and on a 1979 record released after his death, Charles Mingus. From the 1980s on, Mitchell reduced her recording and touring schedule but turned again toward pop, making greater use of synthesizers and direct political protest in her lyrics, which often tackled social and environmental themes alongside romantic and emotional ones.

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