See copyright notice at

Chandler, Len

Date: Fri, 19 May 1995 16:57:38 -0400
From: Len Scher (tower@INFORAMP.NET)
Subject: Who is Len Chandler-a Dylan influence?

A few books cite Len Chandler as an important influence on early Bob Dylan. Can anyone fill in the blanks and tell us a bit about Chandler? Are his recordings available anywhere? Is he still performing? Wouldn't mind checking out the music for myself.


From: (Rudi Schmid)
Subject: Re: Who is Len Chandler-a Dylan influence?
Date: 26 May 1995 17:27:47 GMT

Len Hunt Chandler, Jr., born 27 May 1935 in Akron, Ohio, is a guitar player and folk singer-songwriter who was active in the early 1960s folk scene, where he interacted with Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and others in the folk scence, especially _Broadside_ magazine circle. He has a number of albums (LPs; I don't know about CDs). I've heard him on several folk compilations, as _Broadside singers_ (1964) where he does his song "Father's grave" and _Broadside reunion_ (1972) where he does his "I'm goin' to get my baby out of jail". I don't have any info on his influence on Dylan.

By the way, an excellent book by Kristin Baggelaar & Donald Milton, _Folk music more than a song_ (1976, Thomas Y. Crowell, NY), has 3 pages on Chandler (7 on Dylan, including 3 pages of photos). Though the book is obviously dated (1976), it is one of my main sources for info on the folk scene.

Who's Who