Jo Mapes (July 20, 1935 - Febuary 2, 2018) was an American folk singer, songwriter, critic and writer. She was prominent in the folk music revival of the 1950s and later became an advertising copywriter and newspaper columnist in Chicago.
She was born Joanne Claire Coombs in Chicago, and moved to Los Angeles with her mother when in her teens. At Thomas Starr King Junior High School she was friendly with Odetta Felious, and developed a love of folk songs. In the early 1950s she began singing and playing guitar in folk clubs, and in 1955 she appeared on the TV talent show Chance of a Lifetime. She moved to San Francisco in 1957, and later to New York, and performed in clubs and concert venues around the country.
Mapes was described by Shel Silverstein as "the best female folk singer and guitar player around, with unique singing style and stage presence. She was featured in the pilot episode of the ABC TV series Hootenanny in 1962, and later appeared in several episodes of the show. She recorded albums for Kapp Records, including The Hootenanny Star (1962), as well as appearing on several Hootenanny compilations. She also wrote songs including "Come On In", recorded by The Association, The Monkees, and others; and "Come and Open Your Eyes", recorded by... Read More|
... Spanky and Our Gang. In 1964 she released And You Were On My Mind on the short-lived FM label set up by Pete Kameron and Monte Kay, but the company went bankrupt before the album could be distributed.
She passed away on Febuary 2, 2018 of natural causes.