Van Ronk, Dave

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Dave Van Ronk
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Van Ronk, Dave Gender: M
born on 30 June 1936 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Brooklyn (Kings County), New York, 40n38, 73w56
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Blackwell
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American blues singer with a bawdy and gruff, yet tender singing style who is the owner of considerable blues skills. As one of the most respected members of New York's early '60s folk boom, he never was a big commercial success, but influential in folk circles. In 1958 he formed a jug band and recorded an album. He played in the Newport folk festival in 1964 and recorded sporadically through the '70s, as well as performed and taught guitar.

During the '60s, at his peak, Van Ronk went out of his way to remain friendly with other musicians, offering his home hospitably to new performers such as Bob Dylan when he first arrived in New York.

He was diagnosed with cancer Fall 2001 and died on 2/10/2002 of cardio-pulmonary failure at New York University Med Center.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Baez, Joan (born 9 January 1941)


  • Work : Begin Major Project 1958 (Formed jug band)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1964 (Played Newport folk festival)
  • Death by Disease 10 February 2002 in Manhattan (Cancer, age 65)
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Source Notes

Arthur Blackwell quotes him


  • Traits : Personality : Gracious/ sociable (Friendly, hospitable)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Folk Music (Blues)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Jug band)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Guitar)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher (Guitar)