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|To Ella |
a.k.a. Odetta (Silverwolf album)
& American Folk Music Pioneer
|Live album by|
|Released||October 6, 1998 |
April 8, 2003
June 3, 2003
|Recorded||Kerrville Folk Festival, late 1990s|
|Label||Silverwolf 1012 (To Ella) |
Silverwolf 1038 (Odetta)
|Alternative album covers|
To Ella is an album by American folk singer Odetta, released 1998 on Silverwolf Records. Recorded live at the Kerrville Folk Festival, it features traditional songs including "Amazing Grace" and a 27-minute "Ancestors Suite" containing several songs.
The album is dedicated to the memory of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, who died in 1996 (although it does not contain any Ella Fitzgerald songs).
The album was re-released twice in 2003, and, confusingly, the CDs had two different names: Odetta (also on Silverwolf Records) and American Folk Pioneer (American Legends).
All songs Traditional unless otherwise noted.
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Odetta at Carnegie Hall is a live album by American folk singer Odetta, recorded on April 8, 1960 and released later that year. It is now out of print.
Odetta at Town Hall is a live album by American folk singer Odetta, recorded at Town Hall, New York, NY, on April 5, 1963 and first released later that year.
Movin' It On is a live album by American folk singer Odetta, released in 1987. It is a recording of a concert at The Wisconsin Union Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin and was her first release in 12 years. It is out of print.
The Essential Odetta is a live album by American folk singer Odetta, originally released on LP in 1973.
The Best of the Vanguard Years is a compilation album by American folk singer Odetta, originally released in 1999.
Livin' with the Blues is a compilation album by American folk singer Odetta, originally released in 2000.
Absolutely the Best is a compilation album by American folk singer Odetta, originally released in 2000.
Best of the M.C. Records Years 1999–2005 is a compilation album by American folk singer Odetta, released in 2006. It contains songs she recorded on the M.C. Records label.
One Grain of Sand is an album by American folk singer Odetta, first released in 1963. It was re-released on CD in 1997.
Vanguard Visionaries is a compilation album by American folk singer Odetta, released in 2007.
The Tradition Masters is an album by American folk singer Odetta, released in 2002.