Joni Mitchell Celebrates 75th With Superstars Chaka Khan, James Taylor and More




Joni Mitchell 75th - Courtesy photo
Joni Mitchell 75th - Courtesy photo

By JOHN DALY

Musicians ranging from Chaka Khan to James Taylor gathered to celebrate the 75th Birthday of Joni Mitchell in Los Angeles.

“I just want you to know … You don’t know how many times you’ve saved my life,” Khan said Wednesday night in paying tribute to Mitchell. “And I want you to know if you need me, I’m here.”

Watch Chaka Khan sing “Help Me” at Joni Mitchell 75th Birthday (video by Kathy Kielar):

Chaka Khan, James Taylor and Brandi Carlile

Khan sang a soulful rendition of “Help Me” at the event, held at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and attended by fellow musicians including Seal, Brandi Carlile, Graham Nash, Norah Jones and Kris Kristofferson.

Mitchell attended, and even blew out the candles on a birthday cake presented to her on the second night of a two-night celebration of the 1960s folk songbird.

Joni Mitchell at 75 - Courtesy Photo
Joni Mitchell at 75 – Courtesy photo

Taylor performed “River,” a song he said he first heard at Mitchell’s home back in 1970 right after she wrote it. He said the song has become synonymous with Christmas, but it’s not an upbeat holiday song.

James Taylor sings “River” at Joni Michell 75th Birthday (video by Kathy Kielar): 

 

Brandi Carlile sings ‘Down to You’ at Joni Mitchell 75th Birthday (video by Kathy Kielar):

 

Watch Joni Mitchell join for encore of ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ at her 75th Birthday (video by Websheldon):