Niles, John Jacob

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Niles, John Jacob Gender: M
born on 28 April 1892 at 02:20 (= 02:20 AM )
Place Louisville, Kentucky, 38n15, 85w46
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 08°29' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 28°44 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 07°14'


American composer, singer, and collector of traditional ballads. Called the "Dean of American Balladeers", Niles was an important influence on the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, with Joan Baez, Burl Ives, and Peter, Paul and Mary, among others, recording his songs.

In 1936, he married Rena Lipetz. They settled on the Boot Hill farm in Clark County, Kentucky, where they spent the rest of their lives. Niles died in Lexington, Kentucky on March 1, 1980 at age 87.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Baez, Joan (born 9 January 1941). Notes: recorded his song
  • associate relationship with Ives, Burl (born 14 June 1909). Notes: recorded his song
  • parent->child relationship with Niles, Thomas (born 22 September 1939)


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Ron Pen, "I Wonder as I Wander: The Life of John Jacob Niles" (University Press of Kentucky, 2010), p. 18: "Just ten months after her wedding, Lula delivered her first-born son at her parents' home on 121 North Twentieth Street [in Portland, now part of Louisville, Kentucky]. On the morning of April 28, 1892, at 2:20 A.M., John Jacob Niles entered the world, crying out with a voice that would someday be characterized as the 'electrifying C# alto.'"


  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (balladeer)