Elizabeth Eaton “Connie” Converse was a New York-based folk musician who played small, intimate shows in the 1950s and early 1960s. Despite recording several demos and making a nationwide TV appearance in 1954, Converse’s music career never picked up steam. In 1961, she gave up on music entirely and moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to take a secretarial job at her brother’s company.
By the early 1970s, Converse was in poor health, drinking heavily, and deeply depressed. In August of 1974, Connie wrote a series of letters to relatives in which she expressed the desire to start a new life. Shortly after mailing these letters, she packed all of her belongings in her Volkswagon Beetle and left home, never to be seen or heard from again. While rumors swirled that she had committed suicide by driving her car into a body of water, her ultimate fate remains unknown.
In recent years, Converse’s recorded demos have made their way to the internet and there is a newfound interest in her music. A compilation of her songs, How Sad, How Lovely, can be listened to on Spotify HERE.