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Odetta Holmes (December 31, 1930 – December 2, 2008), known as Odetta, was an American singer, actress, guitarist, lyricist, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she influenced many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Odetta has received more than 529,175 page views. Her biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Odetta is the 844th most popular singer (up from 924th in 2019), the 4,750th most popular biography from United States (up from 4,863rd in 2019) and the 244th most popular American Singer.

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Among singers, Odetta ranks 844 out of 3,541Before her are Halid Bešlić, Elisabeth Schumann, Minnie Riperton, Kate Ryan, Carlos do Carmo, and Katja Ebstein. After her are Valentina Tolkunova, Paula Abdul, Kumar Sanu, Polad Bülbüloğlu, Eric Johnson, and Liane Augustin.

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Among people born in 1930, Odetta ranks 281Before her are Robert Evans, Donn F. Eisele, John Alcott, Bradford Dillman, William R. Pogue, and Hank Mobley. After her are Henri Coppens, Tsutomu Seki, Egon Bondy, Kjell Eugenio Laugerud García, Theodore Edgar McCarrick, and Giuliano Montaldo. Among people deceased in 2008, Odetta ranks 170Before her are Germaine Tillion, Fujio Akatsuka, Dith Pran, David Foster Wallace, Edwin Ernest Salpeter, and Van Johnson. After her are Leonard Rosenman, Edna Parker, Ahmed al-Mirghani, Patrick Hillery, Nikola Kljusev, and Paavo Haavikko.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Odetta ranks 4,750 out of 15,968Before her are Adrienne Barbeau (1945), Charles Kittel (1916), Drew Gilpin Faust (1947), Luke Wilson (1971), Richard M. Karp (1935), and Richard Belzer (1944). After her are Brian Thompson (1959), Genie (1957), Chief Joseph (1840), Vincent J. McMahon (1914), Martin Kove (1946), and Alexander H. Stephens (1812).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Odetta ranks 244Before her are Dennis Frederiksen (1951), Lightnin' Hopkins (1912), Bill Medley (1940), Adam Lambert (1982), Rita Coolidge (1945), and Minnie Riperton (1947). After her are Paula Abdul (1962), Eric Johnson (1954), Dusty Hill (1949), Merle Haggard (1937), Demi Lovato (1992), and Patti LaBelle (1944).