1969 Song of the Day is – Both Sides, Now- Joni Mitchell. Both Sides, Now was written by Joni Mitchell in 1966 . She was inspired to write the song after reading a book by Saul Bellow “Henderson The Rain King.” Both Sides, Now was first recorded by Judy Collins and was a hit for her- in 1968 Collins cover went to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Joni Mitchell hated Collins version-even thought it did give a big boost to her own career. In 1969 Joni included the song on her Clouds album. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at #171 in their Top 500 Songs Ever list. The song has been covered by many- including greats like Francis Albert Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Bing Crosby and The Osmond Brothers I am not sure If I want to hear the Osmond Brothers version- there are over 1000 covers of Both Sides, Now- easily the most covered song Joni Mitchell has written. Whose Both Sides, Now do you like best- Collins, Joni’s or Der Bingle’s?