I continue with this week’s music blog theme, notable female singer/songwriters. Today I focus my thoughts and energies on Janis Ian.
Janis Ian’s music and lyrics had a monumental effect on me growing up. Her song “Society’s Child” reached deep within me me as 15 year old sophomore in high school. I was raised below the poverty line in a housing project which had over 200 families. Interracial dating was happening in my neighborhood and Janis’s song really hit home. Janis Ian “Society;s Child” when she was 13 years of age. I purchased her first long playing record (LP), Janis Ian on Verve Folkways in the summer of 1967. The album was produced by legendary 60’s record producer George “Shadow” Morton, who introduced and produced my favorite girl group of all time The Shangri-Las.