Hedy West

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Hedy West (April 6, 1938 – July 3, 2005) was an American folksinger and songwriter.

West belonged to the same generation of folk revivalists as Joan Baez and Judy Collins. Her most famous song "500 Miles" is one of America's most popular folk songs. She was described by the English folk musician A. L. Lloyd as "far and away the best of American girl singers in the [folk] revival."

Hedy West played the guitar and the banjo. She played both clawhammer style and a unique type of three finger picking that exhibited influences outside of bluegrass and old-time, such as blues and jazz.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1964 Hedy West, Volume 2 1
1967 Old Times and Hard Times 2
1975 Love, Hell and Biscuits 1
Hedy West 1

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