Artists cel­e­brate Joni Mitchell’s 75th birth­day

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JoniMitchell didn’t speak or sing a word at an all-star con­cert in honor of her 75th birth­day. She didn’t have to. Show­ing up was enough.

The Cana­dian folki­eturned-Cal­i­for­nia singer­song­writer ended a 3 1/2year ab­sence from pub­lic life that be­gan when she had an aneurysm in 2015.

When she slowly walked into the Dorothy Chan­dler Pavil­ion in Los An­ge­les on Wed­nes­day and took her seat, she got a stand­ing ova­tion and spon­ta­neous au­di­ence cho­rus of “Happy Birth­day.”

Artists in­clud­ing James Tay­lor, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristof­fer­son and Em­my­lou Har­ris ser­e­naded Mitchell with her own songs at the con­cert.

The only song not writ­ten by Mitchell was writ­ten for her. Gra­ham Nash sang “Our House,” his 1970 song about life with­Mitchell when the two were dat­ing in their 20s.

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