The Musical Voice of the Civil Rights Movement Folksinger Odetta Dies

odettasingsfolksongsOne of the great folksingers of the 1950’s and 1960’s died Tuesday in New York City. Odetta was a force in the Civil Rights Movement singing ” O Freedom” at the 1963 March on Washington Rally.

A contempary of Pete Seeger and Tom Winslow, she was a major influence on such artists was Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and Bruce Springsteen. According to the New York TImes Obituary Bob Dylan said in 1978 “The first thing to turn me on to folk singing was Odetta.” Below is the link to the NYT obit.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/arts/music/03odetta.html?ref=obituaries

One comment on “The Musical Voice of the Civil Rights Movement Folksinger Odetta Dies

  1. judyge says:

    I hadn’t heard about Odetta’s death and am saddened to hear this – thank you too for posting the link to the New York Times obituary. Reading this, I’m realising that as a fan of both Dylan and Baez I’ve never really listened to enough of Odetta’s music. Will have to put that right.

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