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Birth Name: Odetta Holmes
Birth Place: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Years Active: 1944-2008
Genres: Folk, Blues, Spirituals, Country Blues, Jazz Blues

Odetta Holmes, (December 31, 1930 - December 2, 2008) known as Odetta, was an American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she was influential musically and ideologically to many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin.

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