With the release of her debut album, “It’s My Way!,” in 1964, Buffy Sainte-Marie was named Billboard Magazine’s best new artist. It was the same year the United States was “invaded” by the Beatles and was in the midst of the Vietnam War.
Soon after, with political songs like “Universal Soldier,” “Now That the Buffalo’s Gone” and “My Country ’Tis of Thy People You’re Dying,” Sainte-Marie was blacklisted by the Johnson and Nixon administrations in a campaign to suppress the work of certain musicians. It didn’t faze her one bit. In fact, she didn’t even notice.