Odetta dies - Dec. 2, 2008

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Odetta dies - Dec. 2, 2008

Postby Patti » Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:42 am

Below is (part) of an article I was reading this morning. It said she had hoped to be well enough to sing at the inauguration in January.

Odetta, the singer whose deep voice wove together the strongest songs
of American folk music and the civil rights movement, died on Tuesday
at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. She was 77.

The cause was heart disease, said her manager, Doug Yeager. He added
that she had been hoping to sing at Barack Obama's inauguration.

Odetta sang at coffeehouses and at Carnegie Hall, made highly
influential recordings of blues and ballads, and became one of the
most widely known folk-music artists of the 1950s and '60s. She was a
formative influence on dozens of artists, including Bob Dylan, Joan
Baez and Janis Joplin.
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Re: ODETTA

Postby KarenZ » Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:58 am

Thanks, Patti. I hadn't heard the news.

Here's another newspaper article about Odetta's passing.

Civil rights beacon Odetta dead at 77

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