The Legendary Black Blues Songstress And Human Rights Activist ODETTA Passed Away 11 Years Ago…

2 December 2019

Today 11 years ago American black singer/songwriter and human rights activist ODETTA passed away, she was 78. I didn’t know her until I read an interview with legend Bob Dylan, a couple of years ago, in which he said that he was heavily inspired by Odetta. Also, other contemporary artists such as Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, Janis Joplin and many folk artists were all fans of Odetta.

It made me curious and I started to check out her work. What I discovered was a most expressive voice, an outspoken lyricist and a compelling performer. If you never heard
of her than this live rendition of American traditional ‘Waterboy‘ is a perfect introduction to this special artist…

You can stream a ‘Best Of‘ right here…

ODETTA: Biography

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