Thursday, December 18, 2008

Odetta ( 1931 - 2008 )

Folk legend Odetta has expired. Perhaps more than any other singer Odetta was the face of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Odetta took an interest in music at a young age. When she moved with her sister and mother from Birmingham, Alabama to Los Angeles, California her mother recognized her talent and made great sacrifices to provide her at the time young teenager with costly music lessons. Odetta's career took off when she caught the eyes and ears of two performing legends...Harry Belafonte and Pete Seeger. Odetta was one of the first female performers to wear the "Afro" hairstyle. During the 60s she sold the bulk of her albums which included everything from interpretations of Leadbelly songs to my favorite Odetta classic "The Battle Hymn of The Republic.