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December 4, 2008 Legendary folksinger Odetta visited Mountain Stage seven times during her highly influential, 50-year career. Today's Mountain Stage features video of an interview and set she did in 2006 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tenn./Va. Odetta died on Dec. 2, but her powerful voice and graceful character live on through the countless people she inspired, including fellow musicians Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin.
December 4, 2008 Odetta, who died on Dec. 2, left a 50-year legacy of freedom and celebration. In this interview with David Dye, recorded on Martin Luther King Day in 2004, Odetta speaks of her performance at the March on Washington and her music from an influential childhood in segregated America.
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December 3, 2008 Activist and singer Odetta has died. When you talk to some of the most famous singers in America, they'll tell you she inspired the way they sing. One moment she'd grimace like something was hurting. Then suddenly Odetta would smile. And you'd melt.
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December 30, 2005 Folk-music legend Odetta was a force in the 1960s push for social justice. Her passion inspired fellow musicians and activists such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Harry Belafonte. Odetta died Dec. 2, 2008, at the age of 77. Hear a 2005 interview.
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December 28, 2005 Legendary blues and folk singer Odetta is marking her 75th birthday with a live performance CD called Gonna Let It Shine: A Concert for the Holidays. She tells Tony Cox about the collection of spirituals, and recalls her role in the civil rights era.
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February 13, 2000 Liane is joined in the studio by folksinger Odetta. Affectionately known as the "Queen of American folk music," Odetta's repertoire also includes gospel and the blues. She recently released a new album of blues songs from the 1920s and 30s. She is celebrating 50 years in the music business and last year was awarded a National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton. Her new album on MC Records is titled "Blues Everywhere I Go."
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