A Look Into Joan Baez's Success And Relationships
American female folk singer Joan Baez is living her dream life. She celebrated her birthday in the style she best knows, where she made a compelling tour all the way, singing throughout the US in her mission to spread positive political change through her music.
It may be a surprise to know the female artist is still single after all these years of her life. The reason may be her busy schedule for her singularity.
Is Joan Baez Married?
In the mid-1960s, when Bob Dylan was still an unknown name for the world, he met Baez. Joan helped Bob launch his career after their first meeting in 1961 by inviting him to share her stage and tour with her at every opportunity.
Their romantic relationship ended on tour in 1965, and they didn't perform together on stage after the incident. After their split, there was hardly any mention of Joan by Bob even in his autobiography. It only included a cryptic comment towards Joan.
However, later Bob apologized for dumping her while he was on his infamous 1965 British road trip. He reasoned that he took the step to keep Joan getting "swept up in the madness my career had become."
The apology never came in 44 years since their split, but Bob finally publicly apologized to Joan at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square for the way he treated her and broke off their 60s love affair.
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan posing for a picture (Photo: awestruckwanderer.wordpress.com)
Life presented Joan with love, and later in 1968, when she got married to David Harris, one of the protesters against Vietnam War Drift. They have a son named Gabriel Harris, who was born in December 1969. Like his mother, Joan, Gabriel is also a musician and occasionally tours alongside his mother.
David and Joan weren't fortunate to stay together for a long time as David got jailed. The couple got separated in 1972, a few months after David's release. According to her biography, Baez gave mentioned the reason behind her split as:
"I am made to live alone."
After David, Joan was linked with different personalities such as Mickey Hart, Kris Kristofferson, and Steve Jobs. During an interview, Baez talked about her love life and stated-
“I was terrified of any intimacy. That’s why 5,000 people suited me just fine...But one-on-one, it was either completely transient—after the concert and be gone next day, and then my participation would make me sick—or it was something that I thought was real but just turned out to be heartbreaking.”
Joan Baez's Journey Until Retirement
Joan Chandos Baez was born in State Island, New York City, US, on January 9, 1941, to Albert Vinicio Baez and Joan Bridge. She is of mixed ethnicity as her father is Mexican and her mother is English.
Joan first made her first appearance in public as a folk singer at Newport Folk Festival in 1959. Then the next year, she released her debut album on Vanguard Records, which included songs promoting social justice, civil rights, and pacifism. The album spread her fame wider, and she got an activist personality attached to her resume.
Further, the songs that added to the successful career of the singer include "Diamonds & Rust," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "There but for Fortune," "Love is Just a Four-Letter Word," "Three Horses" and so on.
She visited different places, demonstrating her singing skills to bring changes in the past.
She believes in traveling for change and keeps making tours to different places. Her final performance was at Madrid's Teatro Real, and on April 07, 2017, the legendary musician was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In May 2021, Joan was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor.