Odetta played a key role in resurrecting the history and vitality of folk music during the 1950s and 60s. Described as the queen of American folk music by Martin Luther King, jr., her career highlights include performances at the Newport Folk Festival, and the civil rights March on Washington. This LP, released by RCA Victor in 1963, was one of the year’s best selling folk albums. To get a taste of Odetta in action, check out the following clips.


2 Responses to “Odetta”

  1. I love her stuff. I just put on One Grain of Sand – it’s brilliant.
    Thanks for bringing Odetta back to my attention.

  2. I’ve been totally obsessed with her lately. Thanks to you I just listened to the title song from that album, for the first time. What a sublime voice!

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