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Judee Sill

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The Pearl Judee Sill 01:48
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Judee Sill was born on October 7, 1944, in Studio City, Los Angeles, into a unique family background with her father, Milford "Bun" Sill, being an importer of exotic animals and owner of a bar in Oakland. After her father died in 1952, Judee and her family moved to Los Angeles, where her life took a tumultuous turn following her mother's remarriage. Facing an unhappy home life, Sill dabbled in crime and, after a stint in reform school, pursued an education in art while nurturing her musical talents. The loss of her mother in 1964 pushed her towards substance abuse and further instability, including a brief and troubled marriage to pianist Robert Harris in 1966, which led both into heroin addiction.

Turning her life towards music, Sill broke into the Los Angeles music scene, associating with notable figures like Graham Nash and David Crosby, and securing a contract with Asylum Records through David Geffen. Despite critical acclaim for her albums "Judee Sill" (1971) and "Heart Food" (1973), commercial success eluded her. Her career waned amidst personal struggles and deteriorating relationships, notably with Geffen. Sill's personal life was marked by her openness about her bisexuality, several tumultuous relationships, and a continuous battle with drug addiction.

After fading from the music scene and struggling with health issues, Sill passed away on November 23, 1979, from what was ruled a suicide by drug overdose. Despite her obscure end, Sill left behind a legacy of intricate, spiritual music that has posthumously garnered recognition and influence among artists across genres. Documentaries and reissues of her work, including the notable "Dreams Come True" compilation, have helped to cement her status as a cult figure in music history.