A civil rights icon from the 50’s and 60’s, simply known as Odetta, died Tuesday from heart disease. Folk music aficionados have followed Odetta for 60 years. She sung a mixture of blues, jazz, and folk music. She has left a legacy of music. No soundtrack of the American Civil Rights movement would be complete without her music.

She influenced musicians like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, and Janis Joplin. She performed for JFK, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, and was awarded National Endowment for the Arts Medal of the Arts and Humanities by President Bill Clinton in 1999. The next year she won a grammy.

Odetta had hoped to sing at Obama’s inauguration

For more about Odetta follow the link. Check out the interview with her (it won’t imbed).


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3 Thoughts to “Odetta Dead at 77”

  1. IVAN

    I saw her and Pete Seeger perform at the Shady Grove Music Fair in Gaithersburg, Md. in the mid-60’s. She had the kind of voice that would send chills up and down your spine. A small piece of my past has passed on.
    she will be missed.

  2. Moon-howler

    Oh wow! Now that’s the experience of a lifetime. Thanks for sharing Ivan. Pete Seeger AND Odetta. Amazing.

  3. IVAN

    To this day, that concert ranks in the top 5 of musical events I’ve seen in my life.

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