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John Jacob Niles (Composer)

Born: 28th April 1892, Louisville, Kentucky

Died: 1st March 1980, Lexington, Kentucky

Nationality: American

John Jacob Niles was an American composer, singer and collector of traditional ballads. Called the "Dean of American Balladeers," Niles was an important influence on the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, with Odetta, Joan Baez, Burl Ives, Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan, among others, recording his songs.

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