Fantastic interview with singer Dorris Henderson from a 1968 issue of the British magazine Zigzag.
Henderson grew up in Los Angeles and decided to pursue a folk singing career after seeing Odetta perform at the Ash Grove. Armed with an autoharp and a copy of Alan Lomax’s The Folk Songs of North America, she began performing wherever she could. At a health food restaurant in Topanga Canyon she caught the attention of Lord Buckley, and she became part of his act in Hollywood. A move East to New York City threw her into the same Greenwich Village melting pot as Fred Neil, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon, (whose “Leaves That Are Green” she covers on her first single). You can even catch a glimpse of her in Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back. Visiting her brother in England (he was stationed there in the Air Force), Henderson met up with John Renbourn at the Roundhouse pub in Soho. The pair hit it off and went on to record the albums There You Go (1965) and Watch the Stars (1967). When Renbourn formed the Pentangle with Bert Jansch and Jacqui McShea, Henderson became a free agent and was quickly snatched up by Trevor Lucas’s group Eclection, to replace the Australian singer Kerrilee Male who’d had enough of show biz.