Dave Van Ronk
- Category : Entertain-Music-Instrumentalist
- Type : MEG
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Demands 1
American blues singer with a bawdy and gruff, yet tender singing style who is the owner of considerable blues skills. As one of the most respected members of New York's early '60s folk boom, he never was a big commercial success, but influential in folk circles. In 1958 he formed a jug band and recorded an album. He played in the Newport folk festival in 1964 and recorded sporadically through the '70s, as well as performed and taught guitar.
During the '60s, at his peak, Van Ronk went out of his way to remain friendly with other musicians, offering his home hospitably to new performers such as Bob Dylan when he first arrived in New York.
He was diagnosed with cancer Fall 2001 and died on 2/10/2002 of cardio-pulmonary failure at New York University Med Center.