Johnny Cash – Odetta – Highlights
Johnny Cash – Odetta. Hailing from Alabama, contralto/ guitarist as well as one of the most influential 20th century American folk singers around. Add to the mix Johnny Cash and you get a unique pairing that takes us to another place. This special is moment is September of 1969.
Furthermore, she also shares the stage with Cash as they do the duet singing Sir Lancelot’s 1940’s song “Shame And Scandal On The Family”. Not exactly sure what she’s singing in the first video – to me it sounds like she’s doing a medley of blues songs. Let’s just say that it’s enchanting!
Odetta – Her Journey
At age thirteen, Odetta starts voice lessons while performing in choirs, theater emsembles and some opera. Starting out her young adult career during during the folk music revival of the mid-1950s and 60s, the first place she heads to is San francisco and starts performing in opera houses and clubs.
As well as performing on the East Coast in New York City and eventually touring worldwide. You could pretty much find her performing all styles of music from spirituals, folk to even jazz standards. Showing that she was well rounded in her musical knowledge.
But that’s not all she’s about because although she’s known as an artist, she was also a big supporter of the civil-rights movement at the 1963 March on Washington and the Selma-to-Montgomery march. Those appearances earned Odetta the titles “Queen of Folk” and “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement.” Furthermore paving the way for the likes of newer generations of artists. Influencing the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and many more! Kudos to Cash as well for promoting all styles of music and artists on his show back in the day.
Later in her career, she receives the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities from President Bill Clinton. As for Johnny cash, he’s the man in black, Country Music icon, who’s also all over the board when it comes to music. As well as an icon in his own right for creating great music during his life that we all can still enjoy to this day!
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