Singer, songwriter, guitarist, author, playwright, and 3-time Academy Award nominee Dory Previn died on Valentine’s Day at the age of 86. She battled mental illness, and that of her father, for much of her life. During the 1960’s, Previn’s songs were recorded by Doris Day, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, and Dionne Warwick. In the 70’s, she focused on her own recordings and developed a songwriting style that dealt with internality of mental illness through sharp-witted lyrics. She was a crooner the equal of Scott Walker, a story-teller to rival Randy Newman, and like Warren Zevon, she always transcended whatever west-coast soft-rock culture that surrounded her. Her music lives on in the devastatingly hilarious compositions of Carolyn Mark, David Berman, and others. “We’re children of coincidence and Harpo Marx,” Previn wrote in an album title. Fuck yeah.


Dory Previn – Did Jesus Have A Baby sister
Dory Previn – How’m I Gonna Keep Myself Together?

Author: Mike Ostrov

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