Wednesday, December 03, 2008

another light goes out

Odetta Holmes dies at 77

December 3, 2008

Odetta, the classically trained folk, blues and gospel singer who used her powerfully rich and dusky voice to champion African American music and civil rights issues for more than half a century starting in the folk revival of the 1950s, has died. She was 77.,8599,1863667,00.html


fromdebgallagher said...

Thanks, Darlene, for posting this. Odetta was a home-grown, cultural hero, with a unique talent. And we lost Miriam Makeba this year too. Another strong woman who inspired our visions. Thanks too for an energetic, informed chatabout on Lesbian Radi today. Pax, Deb G

Anonymous said...

God DAMN! She didn't lose a thing in 50-some odd years, did she? She's the first singer I ever discovered for myself, and I never ever cease to be affected to the very bone by her passion.