Country Joe McDonald Overview

Country Joe McDonald (born Joseph Allen McDonald; January 1, 1942) was the lead singer of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Country Joe & the Fish.

McDonald was born in Washington, D.C. He started his career busking on Berkeley, California's famous Telegraph Avenue in the early 1960s. His father, Worden McDonald, was of Scottish Scotland Presbyterian heritage, and his mother, the late Florence Plotnick (McDonald), was the daughter of Russian Russians Jewish immigrants, and served for many years on the Berkeley city council. Both of his parents were active in progressive politics. As of 2009, Country Joe still lives in Berkeley, California. McDonald's daughter, Seven, is a columnist for the LA Weekly. He has four other children, Devin, Tara, Ryan, and Emily.Country Joe has recorded 33 albums and has written hundreds of songs over a career spanning 40 years. He and Barry Melton co-founded Country Joe & the Fish which became a pioneer psychedelic rock band with their eclectic performances at The Avalon Ballroom, The Fillmore, Monterey Pop Festival and both the original and the reunion Woodstock Festivals.

Their best-know is his "The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag," a black comedy novelty song about the Vietnam War, whose familiar chorus ("One, two, three, what are we fighting for?") is well known to the Woodstock generation and Vietnam Veterans of the 1960s and 1970s. He is also known for "The *** Cheer" which was a cheerleader-style call-and-response with the audience where Joe spelled out "***" ("Give me an F!").

The cheer was on the original recording of the I-Feel-Like-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die, being played right before the song on the LP LP album of the same name. The cheer became po***r and the crowd would spell out F-I-S-H when the band performed live. During the summer of 1968 the band played on the Schaefer Music Festival tour. Gary "Chicken" Hirsh suggested before one of the shows to spell the word “***” instead of “fish.” Although the crowd loved it, the management of the Schaefer Beer Festival did not and kicked the band off the tour for life. The Ed Sullivan Show then canceled a previously scheduled appearance by Country Joe and the Fish and told the band to keep the money they had already been paid in exchange for never playing on the show. to Cuban President Fidel Castro, remarking on McDonald's involvement in Cindy Sheehan's Cindy Sheehan protests against the Iraq War 2003 invasion of Iraq .*Tonight I'm Singing Just for You (1969)
*Thinking of Woody Guthrie (1969)
*War War War (1971)
*Hold On It's Coming (1971)
*Paris Sessions (1972)
*Incredible! Live (Live Album) (1972)
* Country Joe Country Joe (album) (1975)
*Love Is a Fire (1976)
*Paradise With an Ocean View (1977)
*Goodbye Blues (1977)
*Rock N Roll from Planet Earth (1978)
*Leisure Suite(1979)
*On My Own (1980)
*Into The Fray (1982)
*Child's Play (1983)
*Best of Country Joe--on Vanguard(1986)
*Classics Best Of (1989)
*Peace On Earth (1989)
*Superstitious Blues (1991)
*Vietnam Experience (1995)
*Carry On (1996)
*Eat Flowers And Kiss Babies--Country Joe and Bevis Frond at the QEH-Live (1998)
*Something Borrowed, Something New (The Best Of) (1998)
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*A Reflection On Changing Times The Best Of (box) (2003)
*Natural Imperfections-- Joe McDonald and Bernie Krause (2005)
**Vanguard Visionaries (2007)
*Country Joe Live At The Borderline(2007)
*Tribute To Woody Guthrie (2007)
*War, War, War (Live) (2007)


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