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Focus On: Odetta

When Odetta passed away on December 2 at 77 years old, the world lost a beautiful, strong, and gracious pioneer of folk and blues. She influenced and inspired many of the 60’s folk revival and beyond including Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan - who has been quoted as saying, "the first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta."

The word legend is often over-used, but not in the case. We have lost a true legend. Rest in Peace, Odetta.

Folk Alley and WKSU 89.7 FM were proud to present Odetta at the 40th Kent State Folk Festival in 2006 as part of our “Legends Night,” and we’re pleased to be able to share that memorable evening with you here.

(The concert was recorded and mixed by Cousin Jimmie Wilson.)

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Full Set (part one)

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Full Set (part two)

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Something Inside So Strong

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Weeping Willow

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Goodnight Irene (with Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainright III)

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I saw her at the McCabes' 75 anniversary concert at Royce Hall, UCLA last year. She was so powerful and her voice bold and strong. I remember listening to her as a little girl with my father who loved folk music and turned me on to it. It was an honor seeing her in concert and feeling her passion as she sang House of the Rising Sun. thanks Odetta , rest in peace.

Posted by Pam Leitner on April 28, 2009.
I love this!

Posted by Phil Sander on December 27, 2008.

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