In Memoriam: Judy Henske (1936 – 2022)

Judith Anne Henske (December 20, 1936 – April 27, 2022) was an American singer and songwriter, once dubbed “the Queen of the Beatniks” by producer Jack Nitzsche. Initially performing in folk clubs in the early 1960s, her performances and recordings embraced blues, jazz, show tunes, and humorous material. Her 1963 recording of “High Flying Bird” was influential on folk-rock, and her 1969 album Farewell Aldebaran, with then-husband Jerry Yester, was an eclectic “fusion of folk music, psychedelia, and arty pop”. She died on April 27, 2022, at the age of 85, after a long illness.