In Memoriam: Dave Van Ronk, 1936-2002

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Dave Van Ronk, whose gravel-voiced (with a touch of honey) singing and fine finger picking on guitar won him critical acclaim during his nearly five decades as a folksinger, died at age 65 on Feb. 10 in New York City from complications arising from colon cancer.

Often referred to as the "mayor of Greenwich Village," Van Ronk was an influential figure in the folk music scene in New York City during the late 1950s and 1960s and was an early mentor to a generation of performers including Bob Dylan. Although he never achieved commercial success, he recorded some two dozen albums since 1959 and remained a highly respected performer despite his iconoclastic nature.

I was blessed last September to be able to introduce him at the annual Eli Whitney Folk Festival in New Haven. It was one of his last performances before he underwent surgery for the colon cancer in November.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Dave Van Ronk, Another Time And Place, Lovin' Spoonful, He Was A Friend Of Mine, From...Another

  • Time & Place, Alcazar, ,


  • Dave Van Ronk, Cocaine Blues, Death Letter Blues, The Prestige/Folklore Years, Vol. 2, Prestige/Folklore

  • Dave Van Ronk, St. Louis Tickle, The Prestige/Folklore Years, Vol.3, Prestige/Folklore


  • Dave Van Ronk, Lady Gay, Dave Van Ronk, Fantasy

  • Dave Van Ronk, Yas-Yas-Yas, Please See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, Tell Old Bill, Dave Van Ronk

  • Sings, Folkways, ,


  • Dave Van Ronk & The Red Onion Jazz Band, Cake Walking Babies >From Home, Ace In The Hole, In The

  • Tradition, Prestige/Folklore, ,


  • Dave Van Ronk, Sunday Street, Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning, Down South Blues, The Pearls, Sunday Street, Philo


  • Dave Van Ronk, Losers, Fast Folk Musical Magazine, Vol. 4/No.4&5--1988

  • Dave Van Ronk, Stone Sober Blues, Joshua Gone Barbados, To All My Friends in Far-Flung Places, Gazell

  • Dave Van Ronk, Motherless Children Have A Hard Time, Fast Folk Musical Magazine, Vol. 1/No.6--1984


  • Dave Van Ronk, Gaslight Rag, Left Bank Blues, Going Back To Brooklyn, Philo/Gazell

  • Dave Van Ronk, The Outcast, (Tom Russell's) The Man From God Knows Where, Hightone

  • Dave Van Ronk, Another Time And Place, Fast Folk, Smithsonian/Folkways