Tuesday 16 July 2013

John Jacob Niles, 1892-1980 (American balladeer)

* John Jacob Niles - called the "Dean of American Balladeers" - often accompanied himself on an Appalachian dulcimer, lute, or other plucked stringed instrument. He had both luminaries in vocalist Taurus in the airy 3rd House, ruled by plucky Venus in Gemini. "I Wonder As I Wander" is the title of one of his signature songs and of his biography. In his chart, Jupiter-the-wanderer (ruler of his Sagittarius MC) was unaspected except for a sextile to Neptune-the-wonderer which rules his Pisces Ascendant.


John Jacob Niles (April 28, 1892 — March 1, 1980) was an American composer, singer, and collector of traditional ballads. Niles was an important influence on the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, with Joan Baez, Burl Ives, and Peter, Paul and Mary, among others, recording his songs.

Read more from his Wikipedia biography.


BIRTH DATA: John Jacob Niles, 28 April 1892, 02:20 (2:20 a.m.) CST (+6), Louisville, Kentucky, USA (38n15, 85w45). ASC: 7 Pisces. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (©) quotes Ron Pen, I Wonder as I Wander: The Life of John Jacob Niles (University Press of Kentucky, 2010), p. 18: "Just ten months after her wedding, Lula delivered her first-born son at her parents' home on 121 North Twentieth Street [in Portland, now part of Louisville, Kentucky]. On the morning of April 28, 1892, at 2:20 A.M., John Jacob Niles entered the world, crying out with a voice that would someday be characterized as the 'electrifying C# alto.'"

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