Personalities | Sarah Vaughan | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, 1924–90)

Sarah Vaughan began her career singing in jazz bands led by Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine, but achieved her greatest fame singing ballads in more commercial settings from the late 1940s onwards. She continued to record in both jazz and popular contexts until 1967, when she took a five-year break. Her striking control and wide vocal range established her as a major international star, and she left an extensive – if sometimes infuriatingly inconsistent – recorded legacy.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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