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'The Soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement'

Odetta, 77, known for her singing during the 1950s and 1960s -- and for her role in the civil rights movement -- died yesterday in New York. The Post has an obituary online that details her life and times.

Video of her performing some of her better-known songs is available on YouTube. Here's Odetta singing "Waterboy."

And here's "House of the Rising Sun," from 2005.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 3, 2008; 5:00 PM ET
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It's funny. We outside the US get knocked over the head constantly with American pop culture, yet we never even hear of talented, principled artists like this. I wonder why.

Posted by: Blurgle | December 3, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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