Rosalie Sorrels has died. She was one of the great singers coming out of the folk music revival. She was also a close friend of Lena Spencer’s (Caffe Lena). Ms. Sorrels spent extensive periods of time here in our city. I know that the common take on Saratoga Springs during the 70’s was that it was a dying backwater of closed stores. In fact Lena helped nurture a lively subculture of artists of which Ms. Sorrels was a prominent member. This city was a wonderful home for a variety of artists and musicians…it as affordable.
This is a link to a very good obituary. You have to read quite a bit to get to the section on Lena and Saratoga Springs but it is well worth it.
The New York Times dedicated half a page to this wonderful tribute to her: