Phil Ochs

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Legal name: Philip David Ochs

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Philip David Ochs (/ˈks/; December 19, 1940 – April 9, 1976) was an American protest singer (or, as he preferred, a topical singer) and songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice. He wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and 1970s and released eight albums.

Ochs performed at many political events during the 1960s counterculture era, including anti-Vietnam War and civil rights rallies, student events, and organized labor events over the course of his career, in addition to many concert appearances at such venues as New York City's Town Hall and Carnegie Hall. Politically, Ochs described himself as a "left social democrat" who became an "early revolutionary" after the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago led to a police riot, which had a profound effect on his state of mind.

After years of prolific writing in the 1960s, Ochs's mental stability declined in the 1970s. He eventually succumbed to a number of problems including bipolar disorder and alcoholism, and took his own life in 1976.

Some of Ochs's major musical influences were Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Bob Gibson, Faron Young, and Merle Haggard. His best-known songs include "I Ain't Marching Anymore", "Changes", "Crucifixion", "Draft Dodger Rag", "Love Me, I'm a Liberal", "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends", "Power and the Glory", "There but for Fortune", and "The War Is Over".

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 All the News That's Fit to Sing Phil Ochs 3
1965 I Ain't Marching Anymore Phil Ochs 3
1967 Pleasures of the Harbor Phil Ochs 3
1968 Tape from California Phil Ochs 1
1969 Rehearsals For Retirement Phil Ochs 1
1970 Greatest Hits Phil Ochs 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Chords of Fame Phil Ochs 1
1986 A Toast to Those Who Are Gone Phil Ochs 2
1988 The War Is Over: The Best of Phil Ochs Phil Ochs 1
1989 The Broadside Tapes 1 Phil Ochs 1
1989 There but for Fortune Phil Ochs 1
1997 American Troubadour Phil Ochs 1
1997 Farewells & Fantasies Phil Ochs 1
2000 The Early Years Phil Ochs 1
2001 All the News That's Fit to Sing / I Ain't Marching Anymore Phil Ochs 1
2002 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Phil Ochs Phil Ochs 1
2003 Cross My Heart - An Introduction to Phil Ochs Phil Ochs 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 In Concert Phil Ochs 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Gunfight at Carnegie Hall Phil Ochs 2
1990 There and Now: Live in Vancouver, 1968 Phil Ochs 1
1996 Live at Newport Phil Ochs 1
2009 Amchitka: The 1970 Concert That Launched Greenpeace Joni Mitchell, James Taylor & Phil Ochs 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 I Ain’t Marching Anymore / That Was the President Phil Ochs 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Last Stand at Gerde's (Live July 1975) Phil Ochs 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964-06-03, Gaslight Cafe, New York NY, unk Phil Ochs 1
1965-xx-xx, WBAI Broadcast, New York NY, unk Phil Ochs 1
1966-10-22, unknown venue, Montreal Canada, unk Phil Ochs 1
1968-06-12_17, Burg Waldeck Festival, Dorweiler Germany, SBD Phil Ochs 1
1970-02-01, Troubadour Nightclub, West Hollywood CA, unk Phil Ochs 1
1970-03-27, Carnegie Hall, New York NY, SBD Phil Ochs 1
1973-05-26, The Stable, East Lansing MI, unk Phil Ochs 1
1974-03-10, Quiet Knight, Chicago IL, FM Phil Ochs 1

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