There really was a Sweet (Suite) Judy Blue Eyes and she’s got plenty of her own stories to tell. Judy Collins emerged from the early 60’s folk scene and with the release of her 1967 album Wildflowers soon became one of the most prominent artists of the era. In addition to writing her own memorable songs her distinctive interpretations of Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell’s compositions greatly helped in introducing their music to a wider audience. She continues to tour and record and will be celebrating her career in an upcoming PBS special. Her recent autobiography is actually called Sweet Judy Blue Eyes – My Life in Music and so I took the opportunity to find out just why Stephen Stills wrote that song for her.
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