Odetta

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Odetta Holmes (December 31, 1930 – December 2, 2008), known as Odetta, was an American singer, actress, guitarist, lyricist, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement".wikipedia
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An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she influenced many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin.
From February 1961, Dylan played at clubs around Greenwich Village, befriending and picking up material from folk singers there, including Dave Van Ronk, Fred Neil, Odetta, the New Lost City Ramblers and Irish musicians the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.

American folk music revival

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An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she influenced many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin.
Two singers of the 1950s who sang folk material but crossed over into the mainstream were Odetta and Harry Belafonte, both of whom sang Lead Belly and Josh White material.

The Tin Angel

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At the Tin Angel in 1954, also in San Francisco, Odetta recorded Odetta and Larry with Larry Mohr for Fantasy Records.
The Tin Angel is Odetta & Larry's only album, and the first recording by Odetta, originally released in 1954.

Joan Baez

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An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she influenced many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin.
Baez later met Bob Gibson and Odetta, who were at the time two of the most prominent vocalists singing folk and gospel music.

At the Gate of Horn

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A solo career followed, with Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues (1956) and At the Gate of Horn (1957).
At the Gate of Horn is the second solo album by American folk singer Odetta, first released in October 1957.

Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues

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A solo career followed, with Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues (1956) and At the Gate of Horn (1957).
Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues is the debut solo album by American folk singer Odetta, first released in April 1957.

Odetta and the Blues

She released music of a more "jazz" style on albums like Odetta and the Blues (1962) and Odetta (1967).
Odetta and the Blues is an album by folk singer Odetta, released in 1962.

Odetta (1967 album)

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She released music of a more "jazz" style on albums like Odetta and the Blues (1962) and Odetta (1967).
Odetta is the 1967 album by Odetta.

Odetta Sings Folk Songs

Odetta Sings Folk Songs was one of the best-selling folk albums of 1963.
Odetta Sings Folk Songs is an album by American folk singer Odetta.

To Ella

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The new CD To Ella (recorded live and dedicated to her friend Ella Fitzgerald upon hearing of her death before walking on stage), was released in 1998 on Silverwolf Records, followed by three releases on M.C. Records in partnership with pianist/arranger/producer Seth Farber and record producer Mark Carpentieri.
To Ella is an album by American folk singer Odetta, released 1998 on Silverwolf Records.

Christmas Spirituals

Odetta released two albums in the 20-year period from 1977 to 1997: Movin' It On, in 1987 and a new version of Christmas Spirituals, produced by Rachel Faro, in 1988.
Christmas Spirituals is the name of two albums recorded by the American folk singer Odetta.

Blues Everywhere I Go

These included Blues Everywhere I Go, a 2000 Grammy-nominated blues/jazz band tribute album to the great lady blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s; Looking for a Home, a 2002 W.C. Handy Award-nominated band tribute to Lead Belly; and the 2007 Grammy-nominated Gonna Let It Shine, a live album of gospel and spiritual songs supported by Seth Farber and The Holmes Brothers.
Blues Everywhere I Go is an album by American folk singer Odetta, released in 1999.

There's a Hole in My Bucket

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She sang "Water Boy" and a duet with Belafonte, "There's a Hole in My Bucket".
Harry Belafonte recorded it with Odetta in 1960.

Movin' It On

Odetta released two albums in the 20-year period from 1977 to 1997: Movin' It On, in 1987 and a new version of Christmas Spirituals, produced by Rachel Faro, in 1988.
Movin' It On is a live album by American folk singer Odetta, released in 1987.

Belmont High School (Los Angeles)

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She grew up in Los Angeles, where she attended Belmont High School.

Gonna Let It Shine

These included Blues Everywhere I Go, a 2000 Grammy-nominated blues/jazz band tribute album to the great lady blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s; Looking for a Home, a 2002 W.C. Handy Award-nominated band tribute to Lead Belly; and the 2007 Grammy-nominated Gonna Let It Shine, a live album of gospel and spiritual songs supported by Seth Farber and The Holmes Brothers.
Gonna Let It Shine: A Concert for the Holidays (or simply Gonna Let It Shine), is a live album by American folk singer Odetta, released in 2005.

Looking for a Home (album)

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These included Blues Everywhere I Go, a 2000 Grammy-nominated blues/jazz band tribute album to the great lady blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s; Looking for a Home, a 2002 W.C. Handy Award-nominated band tribute to Lead Belly; and the 2007 Grammy-nominated Gonna Let It Shine, a live album of gospel and spiritual songs supported by Seth Farber and The Holmes Brothers.
Looking for a Home is an album by American folk singer Odetta, released in 2001.

Take This Hammer

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Time magazine included her recording of "Take This Hammer" on its list of the 100 Greatest Popular Songs, stating that "Rosa Parks was her No. 1 fan, and Martin Luther King Jr. called her the queen of American folk music."

John La Montaine

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In 1976, Odetta performed in the U.S. Bicentennial opera Be Glad Then, America by John La Montaine, as the Muse for America; with Donald Gramm, Richard Lewis and the Penn State University Choir and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
The folk singer Odetta appeared as the Muse for America.

American folk music

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Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals.

World Folk Music Association

On March 24, 2007, a tribute concert to Odetta was presented at the Rachel Schlesinger Theatre by the World Folk Music Association with live performance and video tributes by Pete Seeger, Madeleine Peyroux, Harry Belafonte, Janis Ian, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Josh White Jr., Peter, Paul and Mary, Oscar Brand, Tom Rush, Jesse Winchester, Eric Andersen, Wavy Gravy, David Amram, Roger McGuinn, Robert Sims, Carolyn Hester, Donal Leace, Marie Knight, Side by Side, and Laura McGhee.
The first recipient of the WFMA Lifetime Achievement Award was Odetta in 1994.

Mule Skinner Blues

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The film contains an archive clip of Odetta performing "Waterboy" on TV in 1959, as well as her "Mule Skinner Blues" and "No More Auction Block for Me".

Sanctuary (Faulkner novel)

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Odetta acted in several films during this period, including Cinerama Holiday (1955); a cinematic production of William Faulkner's Sanctuary (1961); and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974).

Janis Ian

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On March 24, 2007, a tribute concert to Odetta was presented at the Rachel Schlesinger Theatre by the World Folk Music Association with live performance and video tributes by Pete Seeger, Madeleine Peyroux, Harry Belafonte, Janis Ian, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Josh White Jr., Peter, Paul and Mary, Oscar Brand, Tom Rush, Jesse Winchester, Eric Andersen, Wavy Gravy, David Amram, Roger McGuinn, Robert Sims, Carolyn Hester, Donal Leace, Marie Knight, Side by Side, and Laura McGhee.
As a child, Ian admired the work of folk pioneers such as Joan Baez and Odetta.

Janis Joplin

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An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she influenced many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin.
In it, Joplin puts on a concert for the audience, while telling stories of her past inspirations including Odetta, Aretha Franklin, and others.