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Hazel Dickens (1935–2011)

Hazel Dickens was born on June 1, 1935 in Montcalm, West Virginia, USA as Hazel Jane Dickens. She was married to Joseph S. Cohen. She died on April 22, 2011 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. See full bio »

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 2000 Songcatcher (performer: "Conversation with Death")
 1995 The Journey of August King (performer: "Pretty Bird") / (writer: "Pretty Bird")
 1983 Beats of the Heart: Chase the Devil - Religious Music of the Appalachian Mountains (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Mother Hold Up My Dying Head", "Clay County Miner") / (writer: "Clay County Miner")
 1976 Harlan County U.S.A. (Documentary) (performer: "Black Lung", "Cold Blooded Murder", "They Can Never Keep Us Down") / (writer: "Mannington", "Black Lung", "Cold Blooded Murder", "They Can Never Keep Us Down")
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 2000 Songcatcher
Singer at Barn Dance
 1987 Matewan
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 1976 Harlan County U.S.A. (Documentary)
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Other Works:

She sang songs, "Coal Tattoo," and "They Never Keep Us Down." See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Personal Quote:

On her song, "Don't Put Her Down, You Helped Put Here There:" I can remember the first time I sang 'Don't Put Her Down, You Helped Put Here There.' I was at a party standing in the middle of all these men. It was here in Washington. Bob Siggins was playing banjo, and when I got done, everybody just looked at each other, and Bob said 'That's a nice song, but I won't be able to sing it.' And I said... See more »


Winner of a 2001 NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) National Heritage Fellowship Award. See more »

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Hazel looks familiar. Kin to Lil Jimmy Dickens? mcken101
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