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"If you really think about it, everything in this world tries to be music." -- Eugene Hutz

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Water Boy - Odetta

Back in October, I posted "House of the Rising Sun" by Odetta. I encourage you to revisit that one. Simply amazing. She had such a powerful voice, filled with lifetimes of emotion.

I learned last night that she died Tuesday in Manhattan, New York of heart disease at the age of 77.

New York Times obituary for Odetta

Originally a prison work song, The Water Boy was given a jazz arrangement by Avery Robinson in the 1920's. That version was recorded and popularized by Roland Hays in 1922. Beginning in the late 1940s, it was re-embraced by the folk and blues artists, including Odetta, Fats Waller, John Lee Hooker, Harry Belafonte and The Kingston Trio.

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