The folk/blues/civil rights singer died yesterday of heart disease. The title of this post says in memory, but I must confess, today is the first day that I have heard of Odetta.
She was of huge influence to Bob Dylan. She sang at the march on Washington, along side of Martin Luther King, Jr. as he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
So now this beautiful woman can become part of my memory as she is indelibly fixed in the memory our a nation and its struggle with racism.
Do yourself a favor and learn of Odetta (if you have not yet already).
New York Times: Watch a 20min interview/documentary of Odetta.
NPR: Included with this article is the audio memorial as well as an interview done in 2005.
In the meanwhile enjoy this clip of Odetta singing Water Boy: