Song:Until It's Time For You To Go
Album:The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie has been a regular on the folk festival circuit since the 60s and has a loyal following based on her 60s recordings. But she has had most of her success as a songwriter. Until It's Time for You To Go is one of her best known songs. She was born Feb. 20, 1941 on the Piapot Cree First Nations Reserve in Qu'Appelle Valley, SK. She was adopted by relatives of her parents and grew up in Wakefield, MA. By the early 60s, Buffy was spending a lot of time in the Yorkville coffee house circuit in Toronto with Joni Mitchell and Neil Young among others. She signed with Vanguard Records and built her fanbase on the folk festival circuit. Buffy wrote and recorded Until It's Time for You To Go on her 1965 album Many A Mile. It's been covered by many artists. Elvis Presley scored a top 40 hit with the song in 1972. Her protest song Universal Soldier which she wrote after a 1963 trip to Vietnam was a hit for Donovan. Buffy continued to record and even tried her hand at country music in the late 60s. Her biggest hit single came in 1972 when Vanguard pushed radio stations to play Mister Can't You See and it reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Mickey Newbury and Townes Van Zandt and first recorded by Newbury. This was at a time when Buffy was recording with Nashville session musicians and veteran country music producer Norbert Putnam. That song is not on this comp which was first released as a 2LP set in 1970. Buffy left Vanguard for MCA in 1974. After three albums, she retired from recording and became a regular on Sesame Street. Probably Buffy's biggest songwriting success was co-writing the 1981 hit Up Where We Belong with then husband Jack Nitzsche and Will Jennings for the film An Officer and a Gentleman. Buffy returned to recording with EMI Records in 1992. Her most recent CD Running For The Drum was released in 2008. Buffy Sainte-Marie lives in Hawaii and tours regularly. So you can still see this folk music legend perform. Here's Buffy Sainte-Marie performing Until It's Time For You To Go on the BBC 1971.