December 31, 1930 ~ Blues and folk singer Odetta is born Odetta Holmes in Birmingham, Alabama. Named the “Queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King Jr., Odetta sings “O Freedom” at the 1963 March on Washington.
Laura Nyro releases her fourth on November 25, 1970. It’s the last of her trilogy of albums that includes “Eli and The Thirteenth Confession” and “New York Tendaberry.” The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section accompanies with David Hood doing the bass work on the entire album and Duane Allman is featured on “Beads of Sweat.” If you’re a folkie, this album is for you.
I’m not alone and I know that. Millions have been moved by her music. Millions have used her music as a way to cope — as a way to grow. Few can turn a phase, write a lyric or paint a picture like Joni Mitchell. She’s a north star for a generation.