Joni Mitchell Fast Facts

Posted at 7:00 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 21:00:17-04

Here is a look at the life of singer, songwriter and painter Joni Mitchell.

Birth date: November 7, 1943

Birth place: Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada

Birth name: Roberta Joan Anderson

Father: William “Bill” Anderson, Air Force officer and grocer

Mother: Myrtle (McKee) Anderson, teacher

Marriages: Larry Klein, (1982-1994, divorced); Chuck Mitchell (1965-1967, divorced)

Children: with Brad MacMath: Kelly Dale Anderson (renamed Kilauren Gibb), 1965

Education: Attended Alberta College of Art in Calgary, 1963-1964

Other Facts:
Taught herself to play guitar, ukulele and dulcimer.

She is known for her difficult musical compositions, alternative guitar tunings and uncommon chord changes.

Has won eight Grammy Awards (seven competitive and one honorary) and has been nominated for 16.

Although one of her more popular songs is called “Woodstock,” she was not present at the famous 1969 music festival.

Her own paintings and drawings have been featured on some of her own album covers, as well as those of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Contracted polio at age 9.

March 1968 – Her first album, “Song for a Seagull,” is released. The album is also known as “Joni Mitchell.”

March 11, 1970 – Wins a Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance or Recording for “Clouds.”

March 1, 1975 – Wins a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for “Down to You.”

1977 – Begins a collaboration with jazz musician Charlie Mingus on an interpretation of T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets.” Mingus dies of Lou Gehrig’s disease before the completion of the project, but Mitchell finishes the album. “Mingus” is released in 1979.

February 28, 1996 – Wins a Grammy Award for Best Pop Album, as well as the Grammy for Best Recording Package with “Turbulent Indigo.”

March 1997 – Mitchell and the daughter she gave up for adoption, now known as Kilauren Gibb, are reunited after 32 years apart.

May 1997 – Is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

February 21, 2001- Wins a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Both Sides Now.”

2002 – Receives the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

2007 – Composes the music for “The Fiddle and the Drum” with the Alberta Ballet.

September 25, 2007 – Releases her last studio album, “Shine.”

February 10, 2008 – Wins a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “One Week Last Summer” and receives another Grammy for her contribution to Herbie Hancock’s Album of the Year winner, “River: The Joni Letters.”

April 22, 2010 – In a Los Angeles Times article, Mitchell describes suffering from a “weird, incurable disease” called Morgellons. She describes the symptoms as “fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral.”

2010 – Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now,” is featured in the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

March 31, 2015 – Mitchell is hospitalized after being found unconscious in her Los Angeles home.

June 2015 – A conservator for Mitchell issues a statement that the musician has suffered a brain aneurysm, but is expected to make a full recovery.

February 15, 2016 – Wins the Grammy for Best Album Notes, for “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced.”

August 20, 2016 – Attends a Chick Corea concert in Los Angeles; it’s the first time she has been spotted in public since her brain aneurysm.

October 10, 2017 – David Yaffe’s biography “Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell,” is released in Canada, and in the United States, one week later. The book draws on in-person interviews with Mitchell, as well as friends from her childhood and famous peers that inspired many of her most famous songs.