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Dave Van Ronk - 100% match to Odetta

Genres: Blues Dance Folk
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Van Ronk, 30 June 1936, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 10 February 2002, New York, USA. Van Ronk was a leading light of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 60s, acting as a mentor to the young Bob Dylan. After a spell in the merchant marines Van Ronk became a professional performer in the mid-50s. Highly proficient on the guitar and banjo, his first lov Read more

Ramblin' Jack Elliott - 95% match to Odetta

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Folk Folk Pop / Rock
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Elizabeth Cotten - 92% match to Odetta

Genres: Blues Folk World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 January 1893, Carrboro, North Caolina, USA, d. 29 June 1987, Syracuse, New York, USA. Raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Cotten had wanted a guitar from a very early age. As a result, she saved enough to buy a $3.75 Stella Demonstrator guitar. Without recourse to formal lessons, she taught herself to play in an eccentric style using just two fingers. To complicate matt Read more

Pete Seeger - 87% match to Odetta

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Folk Folk Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 May 1919, New York City, New York, USA. Educated at Harvard University, he is the brother of Peggy Seeger and half-brother of Mike Seeger. Pete Seeger’s mother was a violin teacher, and his father a renowned musicologist. While still young, Pete Seeger learned to play banjo and ukulele, and shortly afterwards he developed his interest in American folk music. Seeger t Read more

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - 87% match to Odetta

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Rosetta Nubin, 20 March 1915, Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA, d. 9 October 1973, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After first singing in a church choir, Tharpe quickly became a solo singer. In addition to her deeply held religious views, she was influenced by blues singers and musicians and took up the guitar to help broaden her repertoire. By the late 30s she was a popular per Read more

Joan Baez - 76% match to Odetta

Genres: Blues Blues Country & Bluegrass Folk Folk Holiday & Seasonal Latin Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joan Chandos Baez, 9 January 1941, Staten Island, New York, USA. The often-used cliché - the queen of folk to Bob Dylan’s king - her sweeping soprano is one of the most distinctive voices in popular music. An impressive appearance at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival followed the singer’s early performances throughout the Boston/New England club scene and estab Read more

Big Mama Thornton - 72% match to Odetta

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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11 December 1926, Montgomery, Alabama, USA, d. 25 July 1984, Los Angeles, California, USA. Willie Mae Thornton was the daughter of a minister and learned drums and harmonica as a child. By the early 40s she was singing and dancing in Sammy Green’s Hot Harlem Revue throughout the southern states. Basing herself in Texas, she made her first records as Big Mama Thornton fo Read more

Fred Neil - 70% match to Odetta

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 March 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 7 July 2001, Summerland Key, Florida, USA. An important figure in America’s folk renaissance, Neil’s talent first emerged in 1956 when he co-wrote an early Buddy Holly single, ‘Modern Don Juan’. He released a few solo singles during the late 50s, often using the name Freddie Neil. By the following decade he was a fi Read more

Woody Guthrie - 69% match to Odetta

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, 14 July 1912, Okemah, Oklahoma, USA, d. 3 October 1967, New York City, New York, USA. A major figure of America’s folk heritage, Guthrie was raised in a musical environment and achieved proficiency on harmonica as a child. Though his family was relatively prosperous during his early years (his father Charley was a land speculator), by the age of Read more

Buffy Sainte-Marie - 68% match to Odetta

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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20 February 1941, Piapot Reserve, Saskatchewan, Canada. Adopted and raised in Maine and Massachusetts, Sainte-Marie received a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Massachusetts, but eschewed a teaching career in favour of folk singing. She was signed to Vanguard Records in 1964, following her successful performances at Gerde’s Folk City. Her debut It’s My Way! i Read more

Nina Simone - 67% match to Odetta

Genres: Blues Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eunice Kathleen Waymon, 21 February 1933, Tryon, North Carolina, USA, d. 21 April 2003, Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. An accomplished pianist as a child, Eunice Waymon made her public debut at the age of 10 in her native North Carolina. She later moved to Philadelphia and studied at New York’s Juilliard School Of Music but left in 1954 after struggling Read more

Big Maybelle - 66% match to Odetta

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mabel Louise Smith, 1 May 1924, Jackson, Tennessee, USA, d. 23 January 1972, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Maybelle was discovered singing in church by Memphis band leader Dave Clark in 1935. When Clark disbanded his orchestra to concentrate on record promotion, Smith moved to Christine Chatman’s orchestra with whom she first recorded for Decca Records in 1944. Three years late Read more

Memphis Minnie - 65% match to Odetta

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lizzie Douglas, 3 June 1897, Algiers, Louisiana, USA, d. 6 August 1973, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Raised in Walls, Mississippi, Memphis Minnie learned banjo and guitar as a child, and ran away from home at the age of 13 to play music in Memphis; she worked for a time with Ringling Brothers Circus. When in Mississippi, she played guitar with Willie Brown, and in the 20s made a Read more

Lead Belly - 63% match to Odetta

Genres: Blues Folk Music Theme Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bessie Smith - 61% match to Odetta

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 April 1894, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, d. 26 September 1937, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. In her childhood, Smith sang on street corners before joining a touring black minstrel show as a dancer. Also in the show was Ma Rainey, and before long the young newcomer was also singing the blues. The older woman encouraged Smith, despite the fact that even at this early stage Read more


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