Singer Joni Mitchell Has Been Hospitalized

Courtesy of NY Mag
Courtesy of NY Mag

Joni Mitchell was hospitalized yesterday, after she was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home. The 71-year old was transported to the hospital by paramedics, but she gained consciousness by the time she arrived at the hospital. The Joni Mitchell website has been releasing updates pertaining to the singer-songwriter’s condition. “Joni is currently in intensive care in an LA area hospital but is awake and in good spirits,” the website reported. 

Once the news of Mitchell’s hospitalization hit mainstream media, a lot of celebrities went on social media to wish the legend well. “Sorry to hear todays news about Joni Mitchell. I sang on her Dancing Clown single many moons ago, all the best 4 her recovery,” Billy Joel wrote on Twitter. Boy George, Matthew Koma, St. Vincent, Daphne Zuniga, and more have all wished Mitchell a speedy recovery. 

Joni Mitchell has released nineteen studio albums during her legendary music career. Some of her projects include Songs to a Seagull, Clouds, Ladies of the Canyon, For the Roses, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, and Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm. Some of music’s biggest stars have listed Mitchell as an influence on their career. Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Counting Crows, Haim, Kanye West, Courtney Love, Annie Lennox, and countless others have been influenced by the singer-songwriter. Janet Jackson sampled the chorus of Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” on her “Got ‘Til It’s Gone” record. Rapper Q-Tip was also featured on “Got ‘Til It’s Gone,” for which he famously stated the line, “Joni Mitchell never lies.” 

Besides using Mitchell’s voice for sampling songs, the singer’s music has been covered by a lot of musicians as well. Mitchell’s “Ladies of the Canyon” was covered by Annie Lennox, her “Help Me” record was covered by Mandy Moore, and “Edith and the Kingpin” was remade by George Michael. Perhaps her most covered song is Mitchell’s “River,” which has been recreated by James Taylor, Sarah McLachlan, Allison Crowe, and more. 

In 2007, an album entitled A Tribute to Joni Mitchell was released in order to honor the singer’s music. The project featured guest appearances by Bjork, Prince, Sarah McLachlan, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, Annie Lennox, and others. The album reached a respectable Number 103 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Some of the songs featured on the 12-track Joni Mitchell tribute album included “River” (James Taylor), “Blue” (Sarah McLachlan), “A Case of You” (Prince), and “The Boho Dance” (Bjork).

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