Rest in Peace, Odetta

Legendary American folksinger Odetta died Tuesday. She was 77.

“If only one could be sure that every 50 years a voice and a soul like Odetta’s would come along, the centuries would pass so quickly and painlessly we would hardly recognize time.”
– Maya Angelou

Rosa Parks,
the woman who started the boycott of segregated buses in Montgomery,
Ala., was once asked which songs meant the most to her. She replied,
“All of the songs Odetta sings.”

“The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta.”
— Bob Dylan

3 thoughts on “Rest in Peace, Odetta

  1. I was so sad when I heard that on NPR this morning. They included an interview with her a couple of years ago that ended with her doing one verse of Amazing Grace.
    The heavenly chorus just got a whole lot better.
    (Heck, if I were Jesus, I’d have called her home a long time ago out of pure selfishness. Which is why I’m not Jesus.)

  2. She was hoping to sing at Obama’s inauguration. Too bad she didn’t make it but she’d been very ill for a while.
    I saw her live once, years ago, in a great old auditorium with good acoustics. What a voice. Huge, and full of spirit.

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