Dave Van Ronk, 1968 Philadelphia Folk Festival Dave Van Ronk was born 87 years ago today. Van Ronk was a folk singer, born in Brooklyn, who settled in Greenwich Village. He was eventually nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street." An important figure in the acoustic folk revival of the 1960s, Van Ronk’s work ranged from old English ballads to Bertolt Brecht, blues, gospel, rock, New Orleans jazz and swing. He was also known for performing instrumental ragtime guitar music, especially his transcription of St. Louis Tickle and Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag.