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Odetta (I) (1930–2008)

Odetta was born on December 31, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Odetta Holmes. She was married to Louisiana Red, Don Gordon and Gary Shead. She died on December 2, 2008 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Selma Soundtrack
Everything Must Go
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 2015 Born to Be Blue (performer: "Go Down Sunshine")
 2014 Selma (performer: "Masters of War")
  Parenthood (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 2014) (writer - 2 episodes, 2014)
- A Potpourri of Freaks (2014) ... (performer: "It's A Mighty World" - uncredited) / (writer: "It's A Mighty World" - uncredited)
- The Offer (2014) ... (performer: "Hit or Miss " - uncredited) / (writer: "Hit or Miss " - uncredited)
 2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles (performer: "Easy Rider")
 2013 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #21.143 (2013) ... (writer: "Hit or Miss" - uncredited)
 2011 Pan Am (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2011) ... (performer: "Go Down Sunshine" - uncredited)
 2011 Little Birds (performer: "Another Man Don' Gone (Traditional PD)")
 2011 Sing Your Song (Documentary) (performer: "Spiritual Trilogy Medley", "There's a Hole in the Bucket") / (writer: "There's a Hole in the Bucket")
 2010 Everything Must Go (performer: "Baby I'm in The Mood for You")
 2010 Welcome to the Rileys (performer: "Go Down, Sunshine")
 2009 The Temptation of St. Tony (performer: "Sometimes I feel like a motherless child")
 2006 Rain Dogs (performer: "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (arranger - 1 episode, 2006) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power (2006) ... (arranger: "O Freedom") / (performer: "O Freedom") / (writer: "O Freedom" - as Odetta Felious Gordon)
  American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) ... (performer: "Muleskinner Blues", "No More Auction Block For Me") / (performer: "The Waterboy" - as Odetta Felious Gordon) / (writer: "The Waterboy" - as Odetta Felious Gordon)
 2003 P.O.V. (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003) ... (performer: "I'm On My Way", "Oh Freedom")
 1969 The Monitors (performer: "Voice of the Flower")
 1969 The Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.12 (1969) ... (performer: "Shame and Scandal on the Family")
 1960 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Odetta (1960) ... (performer: "Another Man Gone", "Muleskinner Blues", "Pastures of Plenty", "Nine Pound Hammer", "The Great Historical Bum", "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" - uncredited)
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CD: "Best of Odetta" (ZZB)

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Her many solo albums inspired such artists as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, Harry Belafonte and Mavis Staples. See more »


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