Odetta: 1930-2008

I don’t often post here when celebrities die, but I was sad to hear about the recent death of Odetta due to heart disease. When I attended the legendary singer’s performance at Mountain Stage several years ago, I didn’t know much about her. Since then I’ve learned that Odetta was best known for her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and that she counted among her fans Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and JFK. History aside, Odetta gave one of the most powerful and captivating live sets I’ve ever witnessed and I’m sorry that I won’t have the opportunity to see her again.