RUKAN’S ON THE PHONE WITH ODETTA RUKAN’S ON THE PHONE WITH ODETTA RUKAN’S ON THE PHONE WITH ODETTA OH MY GOD OH MY GOD
Odetta, of “Voice of the Civil Rights Movement” fame. Odetta, named “Queen of American Folk Music” by Martin Luther King, Jr. Odetta, who influenced such singers as Janis Joplin, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Friends with Ella Fitzgerald, admired by Maya Angelou, Odetta.She’s doing a benefit in town, and Rukan was asked by one of the organizers to go to her hotel room and give her a massage. Ru had a choice between being in the same room with Odetta, and going on the long-awaited, extremely rare date night with me. I said, “Oh my god, ODETTA! ODETTA, Rukan! You’re kidding about the choice thing, right?” “I’ll only do it if it’s early,” she said.But by the time she called her in her hotel room (“Ms. Odetta? I hear you’re looking for a massage”) Odetta had already found someone else. “Bless you,” she said. So that was Rukan’s brush with fame for the night.
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