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BIRTHDAY - April 30
Peter La Farge

Peter La Farge

Today is the birth anniversary of Peter La Farge, an often neglected folk singer-songwriter of the 1950s and 1960s. The son of a Pulitzer Prize winner, La Farge grew up partly on the former Kane Ranch in Fountain, Colorado. A friend of Bob Dylan and Buffy Sainte-Marie, he was spurred by his zeal for social justice. His most famous song, “The Ballad of Ira Hayes,” was covered by Johnny Cash in 1964 and reached #2 on the country music chart. La Farge died in October 1965 at age 34; he is buried on a hill in Fountain.