CHELSEA MORNING

Latest update on 24/02/2011

Artist: Dave Van Ronk
Author: Joni Mitchell
Label: Verve
Year: 1968

With The Hudson Dusters, along with a second Joni Mitchell song: Clouds.

Covers:

1968:

Fairport Convention [go-betweened by their producer Joe Boyd, who booked Joni's first UK tour late '67; Fairport first cut a version for the BBC]

1968:

Jennifer [young Jennifer Warnes]

1968:

Gloria Loring [also pre Joni]

1969:

Joni Mitchell [author]

1969:

Judy Collins [this version inspired Bill & Hillary Clinton to name their daughter Chelsea]

1971:

Sergio Mendes

1971:

Neil Diamond

1996:

Emiliana Torrini

2005:

Kate McGarry

Part of Joni Mitchell's second album Clouds and also selected for the Hits part of her Hits & Misses compilations, although the song never charted. Unless she counts the amount of covers for hit value. Chelsea Morning matches the standard. It's the New York Chelsea we're talking about, Joni being an ex resident of the Chelsea Hotel. Soho and Chelsea being both well represented in New York and in London, made it easier for a British band as Fairport Convention to go for it, even before the author.

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