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Judy Collins comes to Largo

Published Aug. 27, 2005

Fans of sweet-voiced Judy Collins know that Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, the Crosby, Stills and Nash gem, is a tribute to the 1960s singer with the azure eyes. Collins, above, began singing folk music, uniquely interpreting tunes written by the talented folks she knew. Most famously, Collins scored a huge hit with a beautiful reading of Both Sides Now, and to this day, many don't know that Joni Mitchell wrote the song.

Collins moved on to theater music _ or haven't you heard her version of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway ballad Send in the Clowns? Collins later settled into her own music, and compositions such as My Father and Born to the Breed showed she had the knack for songwriting. However, 1993's Judy Sings Dylan: Just Like a Woman proved that Collins still loves to tackle the art of interpretation and that she hasn't lost her touch.

Judy Collins performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. $39. (727) 587-6793.

_ GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic