Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Artist: Odetta
LP: Christmas Spirituals
Song: "Virgin Mary Had One Son"
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Song: "Poor Little Jesus"
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When I traded in three bags of LPs at Everyday Music on Capitol Hill a few weeks ago, this 1960 Odetta Christmas Spirituals record is one of the things I got in trade. Martin Luther King, Jr. called Odetta the queen of American folk music; when Bob Dylan first heard her sing, he immediately traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic one; Rosa Parks was one of Odetta's biggest fans. And I like her too.

[ Odetta: December 31, 1930 — December 2, 2008 ]

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