“May Odetta’s luminous spirit and volcanic voice from the heavens live on for the ages,” Yeager said in a statement. “Her her voice will never die.” She died aged 77 in December 2008.
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Odetta Holmes, born in Birmingham, Alabama, on Dec. 31, 1930, told the Times in a 2007 interview the music of the Great Depression, particularly the prison songs and work songs from the fields of the deep South, helped shape her musical life.
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