Between 1965 and early 1967, Joni Mitchell lived in Detroit in this building on the fifth floor. Joni’s place was filled with thrift-store antiques and she fondly mentioned her home in many songs. At least one song — “I Had a King” — on Mitchell’s 1968 debut references her ex Chuck and this apartment… there were also a few songs on her 1970 Grammy-winning album, Clouds (“The Gallery” and “That Song About the Midway”) that mentioned this apartment.
During this time she lived with her husband Chuck. The couple married quickly after meeting in a Toronto club in ’65. During this period they played as a duo, in many of the local clubs like the Alcove near Wayne State, the Chess Mate on Livernois and the Rathskeller. Buffy Saint-Marie, Gordon Lightfoot and Ton Rush were among her now famous friends who frequented in the apartment.