Odetta

Blues, Musical Artist

1930 – 2008

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Who was Odetta?

Odetta Holmes, known as Odetta, was an American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she was influential to many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin. Time included her song "Take This Hammer" on its list of the All-Time 100 Songs, stating that "Rosa Parks was her No. 1 fan, and Martin Luther King Jr. called her the queen of American folk music."

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Born
Dec 31, 1930
Birmingham
Also known as
  • Odetta Holmes
  • Odetta Gordon
  • Odetta Felious
  • The First Lady of the Folk Song
Spouses
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Los Angeles City College
Lived in
  • Birmingham
Died
Dec 2, 2008
New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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