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Tom Rush was part of both the U.S. folk revival of the early '60s and the rise of the singer/songwriter scene in the late '60s. Born on February 8, 1941 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he became a folk singer while still a student at Harvard University. Soon after, he became a regular on the East Coast folk club scene. He released his first album, the live Tom Rush at the Unicorn, in 1962. At this point in Rush's career, his repertoire was mostly traditional folk and blues songs. Over the next few years he released four studio albums filled with similar material. But Rush's 1968 Elektra album The Circle Game was the record that really made his career and became a folk milestone. In addition to its innovative folk-rock production, it put a spotlight on material by newcomers Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne, as well as containing Rush's most enduring self-penned song, "No Regrets." Rush continued in that vein for his next few albums, and then released the country-oriented Ladies Love Outlaws in 1974, tapping into the burgeoning outlaw country scene by recording tunes by the likes of Guy Clark and Lee Clayton. This proved to be his final major-label release, and Rush wouldn't release another studio album...

Tom Rush was part of both the U.S. folk revival of the early '60s and the rise of the singer/songwriter scene in the late '60s. Born on February 8, 1941 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he became a folk singer while still a student at Harvard University. Soon after, he became a regular on the East Coast folk club scene. He released his first album, the live Tom Rush at the Unicorn, in 1962. At this point in Rush's career, his repertoire was mostly traditional folk and blues songs. Over the next few years he released four studio albums filled with similar material. But Rush's 1968 Elektra album The Circle Game was the record that really made his career and became a folk milestone. In addition to its innovative folk-rock production, it put a spotlight on material by newcomers Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne, as well as containing Rush's most enduring self-penned song, "No Regrets." Rush continued in that vein for his next few albums, and then released the country-oriented Ladies Love Outlaws in 1974, tapping into the burgeoning outlaw country scene by recording tunes by the likes of Guy Clark and Lee Clayton. This proved to be his final major-label release, and Rush wouldn't release another studio album until 1984's Late Night Radio, which featured guest appearances from the likes of Steve Goodman and Mimi Farina. Rush took an even longer break between this and his next album, waiting a couple of decades to release the live recording Trolling For Owls. In 2009, Rush put out his first batch of new studio cuts in 25 years, What I Know. The album included guest turns from Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Bramlett, and Nanci Griffith.

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Known for such albums as "The Circle Game" and "Tom Rush"
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Popular songs include "No Regrets" and "The Circle Game".
1962:
Self-released his first album, <i>Tom Rush at the Unicorn</i>.
1968:
Released his landmark album <i>The Circle Game</i>.
2009:
Made his first studio album in decades, <i>What I Know</i>.
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