On Saturday, December 19 WSLR+Fogartyville and the Sarasota Folk Club will pay tribute to protest singer Phil Ochs with a free virtual event. Local musicians Ishmael Katz, Mindy Simmons, James Hawkins, Carmela Pedicini, Mindy Simmons, and Jim Glover will share memories and music with attendees. December 19, 2020 would have been Ochs’
Phil Ochs was an American protest singer and songwriter known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice. Ochs was born on December 19, 1940. After years of prolific writing in the 1960s, Ochs’s mental stability declined in the 1970s and he committed suicide in 1976 at the age of 35.