jukeboxYou may not know that Buffy Sainte-Marie released more than a dozen singles during the sixties and early seventies. Dispite the fact that Buffy and other folk singers were black-listed in the United States during the sixties, for their political views, and major radio stations would not give them air play, Buffy, Joan Baez and others released many singles during this turbulent period. These singles did manage to get some air play here and there, from mostly college and small listener-sponsered radio stations.

Meanwhile, all during Buffy’s carrer, other artists scored hits doing covers of her songs. Donovan put “Universal Soldier” on the charts, Bobby Bare had a hit with “Piney Wood Hills.” Elvis made “Until It’s Time For You To Go” a top 40, and many other artists followed him in recording that song, including Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Roberta Flack, Bobby Darin.

By 1971, Buffy had a hit single with “Soldier Blue” in Europe, Canada and Japan — but not in the U.S. Then in 1972, “He’s An Indian Cowboy In the Rodeo” reached #1 in Boise, Idaho, and her her single “Mister Can’t You See” hit #38 on the Billboard Charts.

The Singles

Vanguard Releases

  • VRS 35028 (April, 1965)
    Until It’s Time For You To Go / The Flower And The Apple Tree
    (Orch. conducted by Gershow Kingsley)
  • VRS 35050 (1967?)
    Until It’s Time For You To Go / Jusqu’au Jour Ou Tu Partiras
  • VRS 35053 (July, 1967)
    The Circle Game / Jusqu’au Jour Ou Tu Partiras
  • VRS 35064 (March, 1968)
    Soulful Shade of Blue / Piney Wood Hills
  • VRS 35072 (1968)
    Better To Find Out For Yourself / Sometimes When I Get To Thinkin’
  • VRS 35075 (September, 1968)
    From The Bottom Of My Heart / I’m Gonna Be A Country Girl Again
  • VRS 35091 (1969?)
    Better To Find Out For Yourself / He’s A Keeper Of The Fire
  • VRS 35108 (July, 1971)
    The Circle Game / Better To Find Out For Yourself
  • VRS 35116 (May, 1971)
    Until It’s Time For You To Go / Soldier Blue
  • VRS 35127 (March, 1971)
    She Used To Wanna Be A Ballerina / Moratorium
  • VRS 35135 (May, 1971)
    Helpless / Now You’ve Been Gone For A Long Time
  • VRS 35151 (February, 1972)
    Mister Can’t You See / Moonshot
  • VRS 35156 (June, 1972)
    He’s An Indian Cowboy In The Rodeo / Not The Lovin’ Kind
  • VRS 35172 (May, 1973)
    I Wanna Hold Your Hand Forever / Jeremiah
  • VRS 35180 (1973?)
    Soldier Blue
Information kindly provided by Vanguard Records.

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