DENVER (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — American singer, songwriter and folk music legend Judy Collins is being inducted into the Coloradu Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony set for Friday, November 8, 7:30pm at Denver’s historic Paramount Theater.
Collins launched her musical career in Colorado, performing with the the Denver Businessmen’s Orchestra when she was just barely a teenager, having been taught classical piano by the great Antonia Brico. In high school, she switched to guitar and after graduation, started performing at Michael's Pub and various coffeehouses around Boulder.
Collins first album debuted on Elecktra and her Wildflower EP scored her first major hit with Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.” Other signature songs include her a cappella reading of “Amazing Grace” and her haunting 1975 Grammy award winner “Send in the Clowns” from the Broadway play A Little Night Music.
Other inductees in this CMHOF "folk" class will include the Serendipity Singers (nine CU students who scored two Top 30 hits in the early '60s, "Don't Let the Rain Come Down" and "Beans in my Ears”), Bob Lind (a kid from Aurora whose hit "Elusive Butterfly" is still played on oldies radio) and Chris Daniels, long a major figure in Colorado’s music community.
The ceremony will also include a video tribute to Denver's folk scene of the 1950s and 1960s, which includes interviews with the inductees, celebrity speeches and performances featuring inductees and guest members of popular Colorado bands.
“The mission of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization, is to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions, to preserve and protect historical artifacts, and to educate the public regarding everything that’s great about our state’s music,” says Chuck Morris, CHMOF’s chairman. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers