Odetta

Folk singer Odetta, whose voice and songs were common themes through the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, died today at 77.

The New York Times reported that she had been hoping to sing at Barack Obama’s inauguration.

She sang “O Freedom” at the 1963 March on Washington, and influenced other folk artists of the era including Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.

Here’s a clip of a 2005 concert in which she sings “House of the Rising Sun.”

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