Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Folk Singer Odetta passes at age 77


If you ever had a chance to hear Odetta sing and perform live, you would know that we have just lost a Legend of Music.
I had the pleasure of seeing her perform in the Summer of 2006 at Prospect Park's Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. She was filling in for Bobby "Blue" Bland who was sick and unable to perform.
As frail as she seemed the power within her gave everyone in the audience the hope to keep striving for the meet their goals as she did that night.
There wasn't a dry eye in the air that night.
Truly an amazing performance and what a story teller.
Odetta, the singer whose deep voice wove together the strongest songs of American folk music and the civil rights movement, died on Tuesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. She was 77. The cause was heart disease, said her manager, Doug Yeager. He added that she had been hoping to sing at Barack Obama's Inauguration.Click on this link to read the full story.
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Rest In Peace Odetta, you will be missed.
Peace and One Love,
Tom Paul

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