Connie Converse: The Mystery Of the Original Singer-Songwriter



Connie Converse was arguably the first modern singer-songwriter, writing and playing intimate songs on her acoustic guitar in the mid-1950s. In the summer of 1974, just days after her 50th birthday, Connie sent fond letters to family and close friends, telling them she wanted to make a fresh start. Disillusioned with how her life had turned out, she packed her possessions into her Volkswagen Beetle and left her Michigan home. She has not been seen or heard from since. Today she would be 97. The mystery of what became of her remains unsolved. Her family believes she took her own life, probably by driving into a lake or river. Although she remained virtually unknown, her talent is finally being recognized now.