Phil Ochs (1940-1976) was an American singer/songwriter.
"Phil Ochs was born in El Paso, Texas on 19 December 1940. He grew up in a non-political middle class family. While in college at Ohio State University, he met Jim Glover who became his roommate and whose father was Phil's political teacher. It was during this time, while he was majoring in journalism, that Phil formed his political beliefs and started putting them to music. After three years of college, Phil dropped out and went to New York City. This was during the early '60's when things were booming in Greenwich Village. Phil started out singing at open mikes and passing the hat.... Most of Phil's songs were very political, some humorous and some very serious. He wrote about the topics of the day—civil rights, Viet Nam, hungry miners, and personalities such as Billy Sol Estes, William Worthy and Lou Marsh."