"Janis Ian" (born on April 7, 1951) is a Grammy-winning American songwriter, singer and multi-instrumental musician.
Born "Janis Eddy Fink" in a Bronx hospital (she was raised in New Jersey), she changed her name while still a child. She had a successful singing career in the 1960s and 1970s, recording into the 21st century.
At the age of 15, Ian legally emancipated herself from her parents and also wrote and sang her first hit single, the song "Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)", which told the story of an interracial romance forbidden by the narrator's mother and frowned upon by her peers and teachers. Produced by melodrama specialist George "Shadow" Morton and released three times between 1965 and 1967, "Society's Child" finally became a national hit the third time it was released, after Leonard Bernstein featured it in a TV special titled ''Inside the Rock Revolution''. The song's lyrical content was too taboo for some radio stations, and they withdrew or banned it from their playlists accordingly. Allegedly at least one radio station that played it was burned to the ground in protest. But that didn't stop "Society's Child" from becoming a hit. In the su...