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Dorris Henderson, 1935-2005

Ken Hunt, The Guardian, 12 May 2005

THE BRITISH FOLK scene has been characterised as insular, but African-American Dorris Henderson, who has died aged 70, disproved that. When she arrived in London in 1965, her acceptance was testimony to the scene's bohemian leanings. Not only could she sing African-American songs with authority, but she also represented America's beat credentials.

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