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 Phil Ochs

Phil Ochs

Birth
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Death 9 Apr 1976 (aged 35)
Far Rockaway, Queens County, New York, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered in Scotland
Memorial ID 3477 · View Source
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Folk singer. Philip David Ochs was born in El Paso, TX on December 19, 1940. He left his journalism studies at Ohio State University to pursue a career as a professional musician, and soon gained a wide following in New York City. He released his first album, "All The News That’s Fit To Sing," in 1964. Several years later, his fame skyrocketed, and Ochs packed Carnegie Hall for a sold-out solo show. Many of his songs, including "The Power And The Glory," "Love Me, I'm A Liberal" and "I Ain't Marching Anymore" have become folk standards. Ochs was famous for his impressive catalogue of original songs, as well as his musical interpretation of classic poems, such as Edgar Allen Poe's "The Bells." He traveled the globe performing his unique mix of inspired guitar work and cutting-edge lyrics. While on tour in Africa, he was mugged; during this attack, his throat was injured, resulting in the loss of part of his vocal range. This blow to Ochs' career added to his deepening depression. At the age of 35, haunted by a combination of his waning career, alcoholism and chronic depression, Phil Ochs committed suicide on April 9, 1976.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 20 Aug 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3477
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Phil Ochs (19 Dec 1940–9 Apr 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3477, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered in Scotland.