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1. Blues – Blues is a genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The genre developed in African musical traditions, African-American work songs and European-American folk music. Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, rhymed simple narrative ballads. Usually thirds or fifths flattened in pitch, are also an essential part of the sound. Walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove. Blues as a genre is also characterized by its lyrics, instrumentation. Early traditional blues verses consisted of a single line repeated four times. Early blues frequently took the form of a loose narrative, often relating the troubles experienced in African-American society. Many elements, such as the use of blue notes, can be traced back to the music of Africa. The origins of the blues are also closely related to the religious music of the spirituals. The first appearance of the blues is often dated to after the ending of slavery and, later, the development of juke joints. It is associated with the newly acquired freedom of the former slaves. Chroniclers began to report at the dawn of the 20th century. The first publication of blues music was in 1908. Blues has since evolved into a wide variety of styles and subgenres.Blues – John Lomax (left) shaking hands with musician "Uncle" Rich Brown in Sumterville, Alabama
2. Jazz – Jazz is a music genre that originated from African American communities of New Orleans in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since the 1920s during the age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression following George Gershwin and other notable composers. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, improvisation. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms". As spread around the world, it drew on different national, regional, local musical cultures, which gave rise to many distinctive styles. New Orleans jazz began in the early 1910s, combining earlier brass-band marches, French quadrilles, biguine, blues with collective polyphonic improvisation. In the 1930s, heavily arranged dance-oriented swing Kansas City jazz, a hard-swinging, bluesy, improvisational style and Gypsy jazz were the prominent styles. Cool jazz developed in the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, long, linear melodic lines. Modal jazz developed in the late 1950s, using musical scale, as the basis of musical structure and improvisation. Jazz-rock fusion appeared in early 1970s, combining jazz improvisation with rock music's rhythms, electric instruments and highly amplified stage sound. In the early 1980s, a commercial form of fusion called smooth jazz became successful, garnering significant radio airplay. Other genres abound in the 2000s, such as Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz. Its history is well documented. It is believed to be related to a slang term dating back to 1860 meaning "pep, energy." The use of the word in a musical context was documented early as 1915 in the Chicago Daily Tribune.Jazz – Louis Armstrong (1901–1971) is considered one of the pivotal musicians in jazz for his contributions as a trumpet player, composer and singer.
3. Marc Almond – Peter Mark Sinclair "Marc" Almond is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He first began recording in the synthpop/new wave duo Soft Cell. Almond has also had a diverse career as a artist. His collaborations include a duet with Gene Pitney on the 1989 UK number one single "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart". He has sold over million records worldwide. He was born in Southport, Lancashire, a Second Lieutenant in the King's Liverpool Regiment. Almond was brought up with his younger sister, Julia, as a child suffered from bronchitis and asthma. When he was four, they moved to Starbeck, North Yorkshire. Two years later they then moved to Horsforth, West Yorkshire. At the age of 11, he attended Aireborough Grammar School near Leeds, West Yorkshire. Almond found solace in music, listening to British pioneer John Peel. The first album he purchased was the soundtrack of the first single "Green Manalishi" by Fleetwood Mac. Almond later got a part-time job as a stable boy to fund his musical tastes. After his parents' divorce in 1972, Almond moved with his mother back to Southport. Almond was accepted onto a General Art and Design course at Southport College, specialising in Performance Art.Marc Almond – Almond performing at the old Cadet Corps Riding Hall in St. Petersburg, October 2008.
4. Alessandra Amoroso – Alessandra Amoroso is an Italian pop/soul singer. She was the winner of the 2009 edition of the Italian show Amici di Maria De Filippi. In 2014 she became the first Italian artist to win the MTV Europe Music Award for Best European Act. Since her youth, Amoroso participated in local competitions, obtaining good results. She failed. The chairman of Sony Music Italy, assigned three unpublished singles to Amoroso. She participated in the recording of the disc of the programme, Scialla. "Find a Way" reached the fourth place in the charts, while "Immobile" reached the top position. During the program, the singer distinguished herself thanks to her voice: all the teachers, especially Luca Jurman, recognized a sandblasted timbre. On 25 Amoroso was proclaimed winner of Amici di Maria De Filippi, winning the first prize of 200,000 euros. On the same evening, she also received a scholarship worth 50,000 euros. With this money, Amoroso says she will continue to study with teacher Luca Jurman. After presenting the song during the final of Amici di Maria De Filippi, Alessandra released her single Stupida on March 27, 2009. The song reached the top position in the ranking of the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. On April 2009 Sony Music Italy produced her first EP, Stupida.Alessandra Amoroso – Alessandra Amoroso
5. Antony and the Johnsons – Antony and the Johnsons is a music group presenting the work of Anohni and her collaborators. Experimental musician David Tibet of Current 93 offered to release Anohni's music through his Durtro label. Anohni started the band, its name inspired by the transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnson. The Johnsons, was released in 1998. Producer Hal Willner heard the EP and played it to Lou Reed, who immediately recruited Hegarty for his project The Raven. Secretly Canadian also re-released Hegarty's album to wider distribution in 2004. A Bird Now, was greeted with positive reviews and significantly more mainstream attention. The album circled themes of transformation. I Am a Bird Now featured arrangements by Maxim Moston and Julia Kent and was mixed by Doug Henderson. In September 2005 Antony and the Johnsons were awarded the Mercury Prize for the best UK album of 2005. The Johnsons presented TURNING in November 2006 in Rome, London, Paris, Madrid, Braga. Thirteen women from New York City were presented in intimate live video portraits during the course of the concert. The Guardian called the piece "fragile, life affirming, truly wonderful". Le Monde in Paris hailed TURNING as "Concert-manifeste transsexuel". Another World EP was released on 7 October 2008.Antony and the Johnsons – Antony Hegarty performing in 2008
6. Romina Arena – Romina Arena is an Italian-American popera, operatic pop, pop classical crossover, rock opera and new-age singer-songwriter. Romina Arena raised in Sicily, of a Sicilian mother Rita and a Roman father Renato. By the age of four, Arena became a Mouseketeer for the Italian version of Disney's Mickey Mouse Club. She also performed at the age of seven. Performing from different parts of Europe. Arena developed a knowledge of 10 languages, including Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Greek, Bulgarian and Hebrew. Her physicians told her she would never sing again. However, she completely recovered over a three-year period. After Arena's father Renato died, she left Italy with her mother. There she came under his wife Katherin Pacino, the father and stepmother of the actor Al Pacino. She resides in Los Angeles, Arena signed a production deal with music producer Bob Johnston to produce a full 12 song studio album. The album was never released. In 2001, Arena covered the classic song, "Subaru", originally written and recorded by Shinji Tanimura. In 2003, Microsoft used her Rock Opera single "Satellite" as the theme song for the video game Project Gotham Racing 2. Arena developed a style, a blend of operatic pop, classical crossover.Romina Arena – Romina Arena
7. Tina Arena – Filippina Lydia "Tina" Arena AM is an Australian singer-songwriter, musical theatre actress, record producer. She is one of Australia's highest female artists who, as of July 2014, has sold over 10 million records worldwide. In October 2013, Arena released her English album of original material in eleven years, titled Reset. In the same month, Arena published her first autobiography, titled Now I Can Dance, now in its fourth reprint. Also in 2013, Arena participated with the Stars reaching third place behind Cosentino and Rhiannon Fish, respectively. In November 2015, Arena was inducted at the 2015 ARIA Awards ceremony. Arena was born on 1 November 1967. Giuseppe was a rural worker in Italy, then a cutter in Cairns in 1955. By the following year he later worked for Victorian Railways. Arena grew up with two sisters, Nancy and Silvana; her family calls her Pina which provided her stage name, Tina. For secondary schooling she completed Year 12 in 1985. She later recalled her upbringing "It was a very Italian household, it was a very traditional household. There was a lot of discipline. And there was no room for pretentiousness. Really, there just wasn't."Tina Arena – Arena in 2013
8. Mildred Bailey – Bailey was born Mildred Rinker in Tekoa, Washington. Josephine, was an enrolled member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and a devout Roman Catholic. Charles, played fiddle and called square dances. Her mother taught Mildred to play and sing. Her brothers were the lyricist Charles Rinker. At seventeen, Bailey worked as a sheet music demonstrator at Woolworth's. She divorced Ted Bailey, keeping his last name because she thought it sounded more American than Rinker. With the help of Benny Stafford, she became an established blues and jazz singer on the West Coast. Giddins further states that Crosby other Chicago black jazz records from Bailey's collection. Crosby helped Bailey in turn by introducing her to Paul Whiteman. She sang from 1929 to 1933. She was Whiteman's female vocalist through 1932, when she left the band over salary disagreements. She then recorded a series of records for an all-star session with Benny Goodman's studio band in 1934, featuring Coleman Hawkins. In the mid-1930s, she recorded with Red Norvo. They earned the nicknames "Mr. and Mrs. Swing".Mildred Bailey – Portrait of Mildred Bailey, New York, 1947
9. Tony Bennett – Anthony Dominick Benedetto, known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York. Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American family, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he had his first number-one popular song with "Because of You" in 1951. Several top hits such as "Rags to Riches" followed in the early 1950s. He then refined his approach to encompass jazz singing. He reached an artistic peak with albums such as The Beat of Bennett Sings. In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco". His personal life experienced an extended downturn during the height of the rock era. He was named a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born in Astoria, Queens, New York, to grocer seamstress Anna Suraci. In 1906, John had emigrated from a eastern district of the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria.Tony Bennett – Tony Bennett performing in 2003
10. Polly Bergen – Polly Bergen was an American actress, singer, television host, writer, entrepreneur. Bergen won an Emmy Award as Helen Morgan in The Helen Morgan Story. Bergen hosted as an author wrote three books on beauty, fashion, charm. She was born in William Hugh Burgin, a construction engineer. She appeared in many film roles, most notably in the Cape Fear opposite Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. Bergen was featured in a number of westerns including Warpath, Arena and Escape from Fort Bravo. Bergen's later roles included Mrs. Vernon-Williams in a John Waters film. She received an Emmy award in the episode The Helen Morgan Story of the 1950s television series Playhouse 90. Signed to Columbia Records, Bergen enjoyed a successful career during this era, as well. In the 1950s Bergen also was known as "The Pepsi Cola Girl", having done a series of commercials for that product. Bergen was a regular panelist during its original run. Bergen also appeared on the NBC interview Here's Hollywood. She played Fran Felstein on HBO's The Sopranos, former mistress of John F. Kennedy. From 2007 to 2011 she had a guest role in Desperate Housewives as Stella Wingfield, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination. Bergen was a semi-regular member of Commander-in-Chief as the mother of Mackenzie Allen, the President of the United States, played by Geena Davis.Polly Bergen – Polly Bergen in 1953
11. Ann Blyth – Ann Marie Blyth is an American actress and singer, often cast in Hollywood musicals, but also successful in dramatic roles. Her performance as Veda Pierce in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Blyth was born August 16, 1928 to Harry and Nan Lynch Blyth. Blyth attended St. Patrick's School in Manhattan. Blyth performed in New York for six years. Her acting role was on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine. She played the part of Babette. The play won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. After the New York run, while in Los Angeles, Blyth was offered a contract with Universal Studios. She made her film debut in 1944, teamed with Donald O'Connor in the teen-age musical Chip Off the Old Block. In musical films such as Bowery to Broadway, she played the part of the sweet and demure teenager. On loan to Warner Brothers Blyth was cast "against type" as the scheming, ungrateful daughter of Joan Crawford in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce. She received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Blyth was only 16 when she made the Michael Curtiz film. She achieved success playing a mermaid in Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid.Ann Blyth – Blyth in 1952.
12. Andrea Bocelli – Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian classical crossover tenor, recording artist, singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became permanently blind at the age of 12 following a football accident. He has had success as a crossover performer bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts. In 1998, he was named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People. In 1999, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. The single went on to sell over million copies worldwide, making one of the best-selling singles of all time. Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli, even though they were advised to abort him. Younger brother Alberto still live in the home. Bocelli's father died in 2000. As a young boy, Bocelli showed a great passion for music. His mother has said that music was the only thing that would comfort him. At the age of six, also learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar and drums. Then, when Oriana, gave him the first record of Franco Corelli, Bocelli began to show interest in pursuing the career of a tenor. By seven, he was able to recognize the famous voices of the time and tried to emulate the great interpreters. Bocelli also spent time singing during his childhood.Andrea Bocelli – Bocelli rehearsing for his Under the Desert Sky concert in Lake Las Vegas, 2006
13. Susan Boyle – Her first album was debuted as the best-selling album on charts around the globe. Before she had finished the song's opening phrase, a standing ovation for Boyle had erupted. Boyle received an international response. Boyle eventually finished on the show behind troupe Diversity. Boyle's album, I Dreamed a Dream, became the UK's best-selling album of all time, beating the previous record held by Spirit by Leona Lewis. I Dreamed a Dream set a record according to the Official Chart Company in the United Kingdom. Topping the Billboard 200 for six weeks, it was the best-selling album in the US. On 12 she returned to Britain's Got Talent to perform as a guest in the final, singing "You'll See". Boyle performed at Windsor Castle for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant singing "Mull of Kintyre". Boyle played her first Susan Boyle in Concert solo tour in July 2013 with 7 concert dates in Scotland. Boyle's net worth was estimated at £22 million in April 2012. She is known for supporting various charitable causes, has appeared on the UK charity telethons BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief. As of 2013, Boyle received two Grammy nominations. On 21 she carried the Queen's Baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games which would be held in Glasgow. She picked up the baton at Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children and then took it to show to children in one of the wards.Susan Boyle – Susan Boyle in July 2013
14. Grace Bradley – Grace Bradley was an American film actress, active in Hollywood during the 1930s. Bradley was an only child. By the age of six she gave her first recital. She attended the Eastman School of Music near Rochester, New York after winning a scholarship. Originally she had wanted to become a professional pianist. While in school she took played piano. She "played the piano, danced, on stage and in nightclubs, from an early age to help support her widowed mother." On December 1930, she made her Broadway debut at New York's Hammerstein Theatre in Ballyhoo of 1930. Her next appearance came one year later at The Music Box Theatre in The Third Little Show. Soon Bradley found herself working in various New York theatres. In MarchAdd 1933, she appeared at the Majestic Theatre. She left the show after deciding to give a try. She reportedly took home $150 per week. In the 1930s, she became one of the period's most popular musical stars. Her other screen credits include parts in: In May 1937, Bradley met Hopalong Cassidy star William Boyd.Grace Bradley – Grace Bradley
15. Joyce Bryant – Joyce Bryant is an African-American singer and actress who achieved fame in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a theater and nightclub performer. She left the industry at the height of her popularity to devote herself to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A decade later, Bryant later became a vocal coach. The oldest of eight children, was born in Oakland, California, raised in San Francisco. Her father worked as a chef for her mother was a devout Seventh-day Adventist. A quiet child raised in a strict home, had ambitions of becoming a sociology teacher. The marriage ended that same evening. In 1946, while visiting cousins in Los Angeles, Bryant agreed on a dare to participate in an impromptu singalong at a local club. "After a while," Bryant recounted in a 1955 Jet interview, "I found I was the only one singing. I took it because I to get home." Her profile eventually grew to the level that one night, Bryant appeared on the same bill as Josephine Baker. Not wanting to be upstaged, Bryant colored her silver using radiator paint, performed wearing a tight silver dress and silver floor-length mink. She recalled when she arrived onstage, "I stopped everything!" Etta James noted in Rage to Survive: The Etta James Story: "I didn't want to look innocent. I wanted to look like Joyce Bryant.Joyce Bryant – Carl Van Vechten photo portrait of Joyce Bryant, May 28, 1953
16. Vikki Carr – Vikki Carr is an American vocalist and humanitarian who has had a singing career for over four decades. She established the Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation in 1971. Cardona was born in Texas. After taking the stage name'Vikki Carr', she signed in 1962. Her first single to achieve success was "He's a Rebel", which in 1962 reached # 115 in the United States. In 1966, Carr toured South Vietnam with actor/comedian Danny Kaye to entertain American troops there. Her album It Must Be Him was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards. The track reached # 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in 1967, sold over 1 million copies, received a gold disc. She had two other songs make the US Top 40: 1969's "With Pen in Hand". Around this time, Dean Martin called her "the best singer in the business". Carr had 10 singles that made the US pop 13 albums that made the US pop-album charts. In 1968 she taped six specials for London Weekend TV. She appeared on various television programs, such as ABC's The Bing Crosby Show in the 1964–1965 season. In 1970, she was named "Woman of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times. She guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1973.Vikki Carr – Vikki Carr in 1974.
17. Neko Case – Case, born in Alexandria, Virginia, is the daughter of James Bamford Case. Case's paternal surname was originally Shevchenko. A Vietnam vet serving in the United States Air Force was based in Virginia. Teenagers when they had her, were of Ukrainian ancestry. Her parents divorced when Case began school. Case's family traveled around while she was young. Her stepfather is an archaeologist. Case has lived in Western Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon and Washington. Case considers Tacoma, Washington to be her hometown. Case now lives in Vermont. She left home at 15. At 18 years of age, Case worked for the Del Logs and the Propanes. Venues included a club called the Community World Theater. Case attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, graduating with a BFA in 1998. In 1994, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to attend the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.Neko Case – Case performs at the 2012 Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky.
18. Jennifer Charles – Jennifer Charles is an American singer, musician, composer, poet. Along with Oren Bloedow, she co-founded the New York band Elysian Fields. Jennifer Charles was born in Washington, D.C. Her father had a radio show that played jazz. She has also curated at John Zorn's The Stone. Elysian Fields have released five full-length records. They have also contributed including the first song on John Zorn's Serge Gainsbourg tribute album. Their rendition of "Les Amours Perdues", also appeared in Lea Pool's film Emporte Moi. Besides Elysian Fields, Charles has other projects. She and Bloedow recorded La Mar Enfortuna for Zorn's Tzadik label, featuring renditions of Sephardic and Ladino songs. She has studied Indian singing with teacher Gulamji. In late 2007, she and Bloedow put out a second Tzadik full-length, under the name La Mar Enfortuna, called "Conviviencia". Charles sings in five languages including Ladino, Spanish, Aramaic, Arabic, Greek. Charles also makes up a quarter of the band Lovage, along with Dan the Automator, Kid Koala. The band recorded its album titled Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By in 2001.Jennifer Charles – Jennifer Charles
19. June Christy – June Christy was an American singer, known for her work in the cool jazz genre and for her silky smooth vocals. Her success as a singer began with The Stan Kenton Orchestra. Christy is best known for her debut album Something Cool. After her death, Christy was hailed as "one of the most neglected singers of her time." Shirley Luster was born in Springfield, Illinois. Christy moved with her parents Steve & Marie Luster to Decatur, Illinois, when she was three years old. Christy began to sing at thirteen. While attending Decatur High School Christy appeared with Oetzel and his society band, Bill Madden's Band. After high school Christy moved to Chicago, sang with a group led by Boyd Raeburn. Later Christy joined Benny Strong's band. In 1944, Strong's band moved to New York City at the same time Christy was quarantined with scarlet fever. After hearing that Anita O'Day had left Stan Kenton's Orchestra, Christy auditioned and was chosen for the role as a vocalist. During this time, Christy changed her name again, becoming June Christy. Her voice produced successful hits such as "Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy," the million-selling "Tampico" in 1945, "How the Moon". "Tampico" was Kenton's biggest-selling record.June Christy – June Christy at the Club Troubador, New York, ca. 1947
20. Patsy Cline – Patsy Cline was an American country music singer. She died in a multiple-fatality crash of the private plane of her manager, Randy Hughes. Cline was best known for emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice and her role as a country music industry pioneer. Along with Kitty Wells, she helped pave the way for women as headline performers in the genre. Cline was cited by singers in several styles. Books, movies, documentaries, stage plays document her life and career. Millions of her records have sold since her death. She won accolades, causing many to view her as an icon at the level of Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. In 1973, she became the first female solo artist inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1999, she was voted number 11 on The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll, by members and artists of the rock industry. According to her 1973 Country Music Hall of Fame plaque, "Her heritage of timeless recordings is testimony to her artistic capacity". She was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in the city's Memorial Hospital. She was the eldest child of blacksmith Samuel Lawrence Hensley. She soon had sister, Samuel Jr. and Sylvia. They were known in the family as Ginny, John, Sis.Patsy Cline – Patsy Cline at 4 Star Records in March 1957
21. Rosemary Clooney – Rosemary Clooney was an American popular music singer. Clooney also had success as a vocalist. Clooney continued recording in 2002. Rosemary Clooney was born in the daughter of Marie Frances and Andrew Joseph Clooney. Clooney was one of five children. Her mother was of Irish and English ancestry. Clooney was raised Catholic. When Clooney was 15, her brother Nick moved to California. Her sister Betty remained with their father. The family resided in the late 1940s. Rosemary and Betty became entertainers, whereas Nick became a newsman and broadcaster. In 1945, the Clooney sisters won a spot as singers. Her sister Betty sang for much of the latter's early career. Clooney's first recordings, in May 1946, were for Columbia Records. Clooney sang with Tony Pastor's big band.Rosemary Clooney – Clooney in 1954
22. Joyce Cobb – Joyce Cobb is an American singer specializing in jazz and R&B. Joyce Cobb first sang in her grandmother's church. Her parents owned a large collection of music, influential on her at a young age. She sang during that time also; Cobb had 14 years of private piano training. From 1963 to 1967 she acquired an undergraduate degree in Social Welfare. Her professional career started in Dayton, Ohio singing with different blues and jazz bands. While pursuing a master's degree at Wright State University in social work by day, she was singing in clubs at night. She was voted "Best Performer" in 1974. She also was a regular guest on Teddy Bart's The Noon Show, also on WSM-TV. This first music single was to launch her career, it was the last time she would record in that genre. In 1976 she was signed with Stax Records and put under contract. Unfortunately the label went out of business shortly after she moved to Memphis. I said, ` Oh, I want to stay here." Shortly after her move to Memphis Al Bennett acquired Hi Records in 1977; Cobb then become an artist for Bennett's Cream Records. Cream produced a different set of artists than Cobb started with in Nashville, they had a solid reputation making soul, disco recordings.Joyce Cobb – Joyce Cobb, 2007
23. Holly Cole – Cole was born in Nova Scotia. Leon Cole, was a noted radio broadcaster for the CBC Stereo network. In 1983, Cole travelled to Toronto to seek a musical career. In 1986, she founded a trio with pianist Aaron Davis. This was followed in 1990. A succession of releases followed through the early 1990s. Also recorded in this period was a reinterpretation of Elvis Costello's "Alison." According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, "The video for the song earned a Juno Award nomination for Best Video. In this era, she also had an acting role in The Fairy Who Didn't Want to Be a Fairy Anymore. Following Don't Smoke In Bed, the trio released a CD entirely of songs by Tom Waits, called Temptation. This 1995 release also dropped the "Trio" from the label. Cole followed with Dark Dear Heart and Romantically Helpless, which veered further from jazz by introducing pop elements to Cole's sound. Swapping cold for hot, she moved in 2003's Shade, this time reinterpreting Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Cole's album, Holly Cole was released in March 2007. It was followed by a US tour.Holly Cole – Holly Cole
24. Chris Connor – Chris Connor was an American jazz singer. She was born to Clyde Loutsenhizer and Mabel E. Shirley. She became proficient on the clarinet, having studied for eight years throughout junior high school. Following the death of her Mabel in 1941, her father, at the age of 59, was unable to properly care for her. She moved with her married older sister, who took over the responsibility of raising her. She first sang publicly at the Jefferson City Junior College's graduation. It was well received. After the positive response she received from the audience, she decided to pursue a career full-time. Initially, she stayed within the parameters of the Kansas City area, singing on weekends. Her professional job was with the University of Missouri college band playing various functions in the Columbia area. She moved from 1946 -- 47; and, in 1948, she moved to New York City with the intention of having a glamorous career. Unable to find a job, she became an office stenographer. She spent the next seven weeks trying to secure any kind of job. She met a man acquainted with Joe Green. Thornhill was seeking a new singer to round out the Snowflakes.Chris Connor – Connor in 1957.
25. Bing Crosby – Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, from 1931 to 1954 Crosby was a leader in record sales, motion picture grosses. His early career coincided with technical recording innovations such as the microphone. Also in 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded music. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of the 22 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Crosby influenced the development of the postwar industry. He became the first performer to master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington, in a house his father built at 1112 North J Street. In 1906, Crosby's family moved to Spokane, in 1913, Crosby's father built a house at 508 E. Sharp Ave. The house now sits on the campus of Crosby's alma mater Gonzaga University and formerly housed the Alumni Association. He was the fourth of seven children: brothers Larry, Everett, Bob; and two sisters, Catherine and Mary Rose. His parents were Harry Lowe Crosby, Catherine Helen "Kate". Crosby's mother was a second Irish-American. In 1910, seven-year-old Harry Crosby Jr. was forever renamed.Bing Crosby – Bing Crosby, c. 1930s
26. Denise Darcel – Denise Darcel was a French actress who also made films in Hollywood. Denise became an American citizen in 1952. In 1952, she is named "Miss Welder of 1952" by the National Eutectic Welders' Club on February of that year. Presenting her with a scroll as "the girl we would like most to weld with" was R. D. Wasserman, President of the Eutectic Welding Institute. Darcel's debut on the legitimate stage came in 1950, when she appeared in Pardon Our French, premiering October at the Broadway Theatre. In 1950, Darcel had a Vaudeville act, panned by at least one reviewer. ... her singing is inadequate, she shows herself completely at a loss in handling hecklers." Her first appearance of note was in Battleground. In 1953, she was seen in the swimming musical Dangerous When Wet, which starred Esther Williams. Her most important film was Vera Cruz where she played the female lead opposite Burt Lancaster. Her last film was Seven Women from Hell. Darcel appeared in the 1950s. In 1954, she was hostess/MC of Gamble on Love, a program on the DuMont Television Network. Darcel asked questions of married couples who sought to win the grand prize of a coat. A review in Billboard described her to the point of unintelligibility."Denise Darcel – Denise Darcel
27. Doris Day – Doris Day is a retired American actress and singer, continuing animal welfare activist. She began her career in 1939. Her popularity began to rise in 1945. Day received a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. In 2011, Day released My Heart, which debuted at No. 9 on the UK Top 40 charts. As of January 2014, she is the oldest artist to score a UK Top 10 with an album featuring new material. Day is currently ranked sixth among the top 10 box office performers, as of 2012. In 1989, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. Day made her last film in 1968. Her strong commitment to welfare began in 1971, when she co-founded Actors and Others for Animals. Day started her non-profit organization in the 1970s, the Doris Day Animal Foundation and, later, the Doris Day Animal League. In 2004, Day received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush to the country. She has continued her work in animal rights and welfare causes. All of her grandparents were German immigrants.Doris Day – Publicity photo, 1957
28. Lana Del Rey – Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, better known by the stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer, songwriter, model. Three of the EP's tracks were featured in her short film Tropico, which premiered in December 2013. Following a North American tour with Courtney Love and Grimes, she released Honeymoon. It also received positive critical and commercial response; the album had the fourth highest first week sales by a female artist in 2015. Del Rey has one brother, Charlie. Sr. was a Kidder, Peabody & Co. investment banker, a vice president for Plough, Inc and Textron, venture capitalist. She is of Scottish descent. She began singing in her church choir when she was a child, where she was the cantor. Before becoming a singer, Del Rey wanted to be a poet. During this time, Del Rey's uncle taught her how to play guitar, she "realized could probably write a million songs with those six chords". "I was always singing, but didn't plan on pursuing it seriously", Del Rey said. Del Rey enrolled at Fordham University where she majored in philosophy. Del Rey said she chose to study the subject because it "bridged the gap between God and science... I was interested in God and how technology could bring us closer to finding out where we came from and why". According to Del Rey, she had trouble making friends in boarding school and college, said, ", when my musical experience began.Lana Del Rey – Del Rey performing during the Planeta Terra Music Festival in Brazil, 2013
29. Vaughn De Leath – Although very popular in the 1920s, De Leath is obscure in modern times. De Leath was an early exponent of a style of vocalizing known as crooning. One of her hit songs, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?," recorded in 1927, achieved fame when it became a hit for Elvis Presley in 1960. Born Leonore Vonderlieth in the town of Illinois in 1894, her parents were Catherine Vonderlieth. At age 12, Leonore relocated with her sister where she finished high school and studied music. While at Mills College, she dropped out to pursue a career. She then adopted the stage name "Vaughn De Leath." Her vocals ranged from soprano to deep contralto. De Leath adapted to the emerging, less restrictive vocal style of the late early 1920s. Her unassuming microphone presence were ideally suited to the novel task. Without instruction she seemed to sense exactly what was necessary in song and patter to successfully put herself across". In the formative years of commercial radio, De Leath began singing in Newark, New Jersey. Her recording career began in 1921. Over the next decade she recorded including Brunswick. She occasionally recorded for major label subsidiaries under various pseudonyms.Vaughn De Leath – Vaughn De Leath in the 1920s
30. Marlene Dietrich – Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich was a German actress and singer who held both German and American citizenship. Throughout her unusually long career, which spanned to the 1980s, Dietrich maintained popularity by continually reinventing herself. In the 1920s in Berlin, she acted in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel resulted in a contract with Paramount Pictures. She starred in Hollywood films such as Morocco, Desire. Dietrich successfully became one of the highest-paid actresses of the era. Throughout World War II, Dietrich was a high-profile entertainer in the United States. Although she still made occasional films after the war, she spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a marquee performer. She was noted during the war, housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and even advocating their US citizenship. For her work on improving morale during the war, Dietrich received several honors from the United States, France, Belgium, Israel. In 1999, the American Film Institute named the ninth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema. She was born on 27 December 1901 on Leberstraße 65 in the neighborhood of Rote Insel in Schöneberg, now a district of Berlin. Dietrich was the younger of two daughters of Wilhelmina Elisabeth Josephine and Louis Erich Otto Dietrich, who married in December 1898. Dietrich's mother was from an affluent Berlin family who owned a clock making firm. Her father was a lieutenant who died in 1907.Marlene Dietrich – Dietrich in her breakthrough role, Lola-Lola in Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)
31. Ruth Etting – Known as "America's sweetheart of song", her signature tunes were "Harvest Moon", "Ten Cents a Dance" and "Love Me or Leave Me". Her popular recordings included "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Mean to Me", "Exactly Like You" and "Shaking the Blues Away". As a young girl in Nebraska, Etting had wanted to be an artist; she sketched everywhere she was able. At sixteen, her grandparents decided to send her to school in Chicago. Etting, who enjoyed singing in church, never took voice lessons. Etting quickly became a featured vocalist at the club. She was then managed by Moe Snyder, whom she married in 1922. Snyder made arrangements for Etting's film contracts as well as her personal and radio appearances. Etting became nationally known when she appeared in Flo Ziegfeld's "Follies of 1927". This did not happen until after her divorce from Snyder in 1937. Etting's pianist, was separated from his wife when he and Etting began a relationship. Snyder began making telephone threats to Etting in January 1938. Saying he intended to kill Etting, his own daughter, Edith, who worked for Etting, Snyder shot Alderman. Three days after Alderman was shot, his wife filed suit for alienation of affections. While Alderman and Etting claimed to have been married in July 1938, Alderman's divorce would not be final until December of that year.Ruth Etting – Etting in 1937
32. Giusy Ferreri – Giusy Ferreri is an Italian singer-songwriter. In 2008, Ferreri took part at the Italian edition of the talent show X Factor, in which she came second. Worldwide she has sold to date. The album stayed there for eleven consecutive weeks. It went on to be certified 4x denoting over 314,000 copies shipped. She is considered to be the Italian version of Linda Perry. In October 2008, the first single from Ferreri's official debut album Gaetana, was released. The tune held the top for eight weeks so far. The album was released on 14 November 2008. The album sold far over 706,000 copies in Italy and Greece. The single from the album, "Stai fermo lì", was announced on 8 January 2009 and was released in Italy on 16 January 2009. The single off the album was "La Scala", originally written by Linda Perry and translated in Italian by singer Tiziano Ferro. The song peaking at #27 on the FIMI singles chart and at #49 on the Greece Singles Chart. On November 2009 her second studio album was released across Europe, debuting at # 10 on the Italian FIMI albums chart. The single is a cover of "Ma il cielo è sempre più blu" by Rino Gaetano.Giusy Ferreri – Giusy Ferreri
33. Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. She was noted in her scat singing. Fitzgerald's rendition of the rhyme "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" helped boost both her and Webb to national fame. With Verve she recorded some of her more widely noted works, particularly her interpretation of the Great American Songbook. In 1993, Fitzgerald capped off her sixty-year career with her public performance. Three years later, she died following years of decline in her health. Fitzgerald was born on April 1917, in Newport News, Virginia, the daughter of William Fitzgerald and Temperance "Tempie" Fitzgerald. Her parents lived together for at least two and a half years after she was born. Initially living in a single room, Da Silva soon found jobs. Frances Da Silva, was born in 1923. By 1925, her family had moved to nearby School Street, then a predominantly poor Italian area. During this period Fitzgerald listened by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, The Boswell Sisters. In 1932, her mother died from serious injuries she received in a accident when Fitzgerald was 15 years of age. Regardless, following these traumas, Fitzgerald began letting her grades suffer. During this period she worked at a bordello and with a Mafia-affiliated numbers runner.Ella Fitzgerald – Fitzgerald in November 1946
34. Judy Garland – Judy Garland was an American singer, actress, vaudevillian. She was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. Garland made more than two dozen films including nine with Mickey Rooney. Garland's most famous role was as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Notable roles at MGM included Meet Me in St. Louis, The Harvey Girls and Easter Parade. After 15 years, Garland was made record-breaking concert appearances, a successful recording career, her own Emmy nominated television series. Film appearances included two Academy Award nominated performances in A Star Is Born and Judgment at Nuremberg. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the film industry. Garland was the first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year for her live recording of Judy at Carnegie Hall. In 1997, she was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Several of her recordings have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1999, the American Film Institute placed her among the 10 greatest female stars of American cinema. From a young age, she struggled in her personal life. The pressures of adolescent stardom sent her at age eighteen. Her self-image was manipulated her on-screen physical appearance.Judy Garland – Garland's birthplace in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, now a museum
35. Dora Gerson – Dora Gerson was a Jewish German cabaret singer and motion picture actress of the silent film era who died with her family at Auschwitz concentration camp. The couple divorced in 1924. Harlan would later direct the anti-Semitic Nazi film Jud Süß at the insistence of Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Both films included Hungarian actor Béla Lugosi in the cast. Both films are now lost films. Gerson continued to perform throughout the 1920s as well as acting in films. By 1933 Gerson's career slowed dramatically. Blacklisted from performing in "Aryan" films, Gerson began recording music for a Jewish record company. She had married a second time to Max Sluizer. On 10 May 1940, the Jews there were subject to the same anti-Semitic laws and restrictions as in Germany. After several years of living under Nazi occupation, the Gerson family began to plan to escape. In 1942, her family were seized trying to flee to Switzerland, a neutral nation in World War II Europe. The family were sent to transit camp Westerbork bound for the Nazi camp of Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland. Dora, along with their two children, Miriam Sluizer and Abel Juda Sluizer, died at Auschwitz on 14 February 1943. Dora Gerson at the Internet Movie DatabaseDora Gerson – Dora Gerson in circa 1922 publicity photograph
36. Beth Gibbons – Beth Gibbons is an English singer and songwriter. She is the lyricist for the English band Portishead. Gibbons was raised on a farm with two other sisters. Her parents divorced when she was young. At 22, she moved to Bath, then Bristol to pursue her singing career, where she met Geoff Barrow, her future collaborator in Portishead. She sings in the range. She has also collaborated with former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb. In October 2002, they released under the name Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man. The album peaked in the UK Albums Chart. It was released in a year later. She has cited Edith Piaf, Sugarcubes, Pixies and Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins as musical influences. Gibbons was also a judge for the annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. In June 2013, Gibbons announced plans with Domino Records. She contributed vocals by the British metal band Gonga, entitled "Black Sabbeth", released 24 April 2014.Beth Gibbons – Gibbons at Roskilde Festival 2011.
37. Christina Goh – Christina Goh is a French singer, songwriter and poet. A mother from Martinique, Christina Goh was born in 1977 in Paris, France. She finally chose a musical career at the age of 23. In 2008, she created the Christina Goh Concept, an atypical Trio: djembe, guitar, voice or piano, voice. The djembe is always the rhythmic point of the presentation. Its fusion with the electric guitar, whose blues accents translate the poetic characteristic of the concept, is atypical. In 2010, the musical album Christina Goh Concept was sold by the label ICE Consulting in Martinique. The ten-titled album on Plaza Mayor Company Ltd label made the world discover the concept on the web. Christina Goh wrote two collections of poems. In 2010, she was in Avignon Festival Off, named "the greatest theater of the world" in France, invited by the Laurette Theater.Christina Goh – Christina Goh @ Gros-Morne podium Martinique
38. Adelaide Hall – Adelaide Louise Hall was an American-born UK-based jazz singer and entertainer. She was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Hall entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2003 as the world's most enduring artist having released material over eight consecutive decades. Adelaide Hall was born to Elizabeth and Arthur William Hall. In 1925, Hall toured Europe with the Chocolate Kiddies revue that included songs written by Duke Ellington. In 1926, Hall appeared in the short-lived Broadway musical My Magnolia that had a score written by Luckey Roberts and Alex C. Rogers, after which she appeared in Tan Town Topics with songs written by Fats Waller. Hall then starred in Desires of 1927, which toured America through to September 1927. In 1924, Hall married Bertram Errol Hicks, born in Trinidad and Tobago. Soon after their marriage he opened a short-lived club in New York, called ` The Big Apple' and became her official business manager. Hall was hired to join the cast of the Chocolate Kiddies revue in New York, where they rehearsed before setting sail for Europe. The initial tour ended in Paris, France in December 1925 visiting many major cities in-between. The revue was designed to give a sampling of black entertainment from New York. After the initial tour disbanded, his Orchestra continued touring the Chocolate Kiddies revue for several years later. During July 1926, Hall appeared in residency at Small's Paradise, New York.Adelaide Hall – Adelaide Hall
39. Beth Hart – Beth Hart is an American singer, songwriter and musician from Los Angeles, California, United States. She rose to fame from her second album Screamin' for My Supper. Subsequent albums namely Seesaw and Live In Amsterdam by Joe Bonamassa, achieved number 1 status on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. The Seesaw rose to number 8 on the Billboard Top Independent Album Chart. Hart's first album with Bonamassa, Don't Explain, went gold in the Netherlands. While playing the Los Angeles clubs, she enlisted guitarist Jimmy Khoury. In 1993, it appeared on Ed McMahon's Star Search several times, ultimately winning the Female Vocalist competition for that season. The Ocean of Souls was recorded in 1993. Hart includes "Am the One" and a pop-rock cover of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". The released album with the Beth Hart Band was called Immortal and featured the single "God Bless You". Screamin' for My Supper, featured "LA Song", a # 1 hit in New Zealand and a top 5 Adult Contemporary chart hit. At the same time, it was singing the lead role in an off-Broadway musical based on Joplin's letters home to her mother. The song also aired of the 10th and final season of Beverly Hills, 90210. Hart's Leave the Light On was released in 2003. The single "Learning To Live" was a number 1 hit in Denmark, well a platinum selling album.Beth Hart – Hart performing at San Diego Indie Music Fest, March 20, 2008
40. Kelly Hogan – Kelly Hogan is an American singer-songwriter, often known for her work as a member of Neko Case's backing band, as well as for her solo work. She was born in the daughter of a Vietnam War Army veteran helicopter pilot who went on to become a policeman. Hogan's parents divorced, with her mother later relocating to Rutledge, Georgia while her dad still lives in Douglasville, Georgia. She is the oldest sister in her family. Hogan has younger brothers. None of Hogan's family are musicians. Music was constantly playing in her own home well. Hogan went in Douglasville, Georgia. Although painfully shy, she eventually auditioned for chorus, going to All State Chorus every year. In addition to being active in drama, she said she started singing in bars when she was in high school. She often goes by the moniker "Hogan." Hogan used to tend bar and tour accompanied by her late dog Augie. She has a Jim Stacy lower-back tattoo that says "singers get all the pussy." Hogan lives in Evansville, Wisconsin. The Jody Grind toured with singer Robyn Hitchcock.Kelly Hogan – Kelly Hogan
41. Billie Holiday – Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for improvisational skills, which made up for her limited lack of formal music education. There were other jazz singers with equal talent, but Holiday had a voice that captured the attention of her audience. After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs in Harlem, where she was heard by the producer John Hammond, who commended her voice. She signed a contract in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy Wilson yielded the hit "What a Little Moonlight Can Do", which became a jazz standard. Throughout the 1940s, Holiday had success on labels such as Columbia Records and Decca Records. By the late 1940s, however, she was beset with legal abuse. Her reputation deteriorated because of her alcohol problems. Her final recordings were commercial successes. Her final album, Lady in Satin, was released in 1958. Holiday died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1959. A posthumous album, Last Recording, was released following her death.Billie Holiday – At the Downbeat club, in New York. c. February 1947
42. Judy Holliday – Judy Holliday was an American actress, comedian, singer. She began her career before working in Broadway musicals. She appeared regularly in films during the 1950s. In 1952, Holliday was called to testify before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee to answer claims she was associated with communism. Her father was the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Jewish National Fund of America. She grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York and graduated from Julia Richman High School. Her mother was previously divorced. Holliday's first job was at the Mercury Theatre run by John Houseman. Holliday began her show career as part of a night-club act called "The Revuers." The other four members of the group were Betty Comden, John Frank. The Revuers played engagements including the Village Vanguard, Spivy's Roof, Blue Angel, Trocadero in Hollywood, California. The group disbanded in early 1944. She did not appear in the version, which toured the U.S. of the film. In 1946, she returned in Born Yesterday. Author Garson Kanin wrote the play for Jean Arthur, who played the role of Billie out-of-town but left the role for personal reasons.Judy Holliday – Judy Holliday in 1950.
43. Libby Holman – Elizabeth Lloyd Holzman was born May 23, 1904, to a Jewish lawyer and stockbroker, Alfred Holzman and his wife, Rachel Florence Workum Holzman. Their other children were son Alfred Paul Holzman. In 1904, the wealthy family grew destitute after Holman's uncle Ross Holzman embezzled nearly $ million of their stock brokerage business. At some point, Alfred changed the family name to Holman. Holman graduated at the age of 16. Holman graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In the summer of 1924, she left for New York City, where she first lived at the Studio Club. Her first job in New York was in the road company of The Fool. The writer of The Fool, recognized Holman's talents immediately and advised her to pursue a theatrical career. Holman soon became a star. An early colleague who became a longtime close friend was future film star Clifton Webb, then a dancer. He gave the nickname, "The Statue of Libby." Her Broadway debut was in the play The Sapphire Ring in 1925 at the Selwyn Theatre, which closed after thirteen performances. Holman was billed as Elizabeth Holman. Also in that show, Holman sang the Kay Swift and Paul James song, "Can't We Be Friends?"Libby Holman – Libby Holman
44. Lena Horne – Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an African American jazz and pop music singer, dancer, actress, civil rights activist. Horne's career spanned over 70 years appearing in theater. Because of her political activism, she found herself unable to get work in Hollywood. She then toured the country in the show, earning numerous awards and accolades. She continued disappearing from the public eye in 2000. Horne died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 2010 at the age of 92. Lena Horne was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Edna Louise Scottron, was a granddaughter of inventor Samuel R. Scottron; she traveled extensively. Edna's maternal grandmother, Amelie Louise Ashton, was a Senegalese slave. She was mainly raised by Edwin Horne. When Horne was five, she was sent to live in Georgia. For several years, she traveled with her mother. From Fort Valley, southwest of Macon, Horne briefly moved to Atlanta with her mother; they returned to New York when Horne was 12 years old. In the fall of 1933, Horne joined the chorus line of the Cotton Club in New York City. In the spring of 1934, she had a featured role in the Cotton Club Parade starring Adelaide Hall, who took Lena under her wing.Lena Horne – Publicity photo of Horne from her own stage show Nine O'Clock Revue, 1961.
45. Phyllis Hyman – Phyllis Linda Hyman was an American singer-songwriter and actress. Hyman also performed on Broadway based on the music of Duke Ellington, Sophisticated Ladies, which ran from 1981 to 1983. The musical earned a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. Hyman was the eldest of seven children. Through her paternal great-grandparents Ishmael and Cassandra Hyman, she was also the first cousin once removed of actor Earle Hyman. After leaving Pittsburgh, her training started at a music school. On graduation, she performed with the group New Direction in 1971. After the group disbanded, she worked with another local group, The Hondo Beat. At this time, she appeared in the Lenny. She also did a two-year stint leading a band called "the P/H Factor". She was signed to their Roadshow Records/Desert Moon imprint. Hyman moved to New York City to work on her career. She worked in clubs. Connors and Hyman scored on the R&B charts with a remake of The Stylistics' "Betcha by Golly Wow!". Hyman sang with the Fatback Band while working on her first solo album, Phyllis Hyman, released in 1977 on the Buddah Records label.Phyllis Hyman – Phyllis Hyman
46. Etta James – Etta James was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. James's powerful, earthy voice bridged the gap between rock and roll. James won 17 Blues Music Awards. Hawkins was born on January 25, 1938, to Dorothy Hawkins, 14 at the time. Her father has never been identified. She speculated that he was Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone, whom she met briefly in 1987. She referred as "the Mystery Lady". As a consequence, James developed an unusually strong voice for her age. Sarge tried unsuccessfully to pressure the church into compensating their family for her singing. Sarge, like the musical director for the choir, was also abusive. During drunken poker games at home, he would force her with beatings to sing for his friends. Often soaked with urine on these occasions. The trauma of her foster father forcing her to sing under these humiliating circumstances led to difficulties for her to sing throughout her career. In 1950, Jamesetta's biological mother took her to the Fillmore district of San Francisco. Within a couple of years, James was inspired to form a girl group, the Creolettes.Etta James – James in 2006
47. Eilen Jewell – Eilen Jewell is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. She has released seven albums of music. Jewell attended college in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2015 she returned after having lived in the Boston area for several years. Sundown Over Ghost Town, was largely inspired by her return to Boise. Jewell began her musical career when she began busking while attending college. She then performed on the streets of Venice Beach. Jewell began performing at local music clubs. Her album Letters From Sinners & Strangers, was recorded at the Signature Sounds studio in Pomfret, Connecticut. In early 2009 Jewell released the album "Sea of Tears", called a "startling departure" by a Sydney Morning Herald critic. Her band toured the U.S. Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia beginning in 2005 including performances at South by Southwest and NPR's World Cafe.Eilen Jewell – Eilen Jewell - 2013
48. Norah Jones – Norah Jones is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Throughout her career, Jones has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Billboard named the top jazz artist of the 2000 -- 2009 decade. She was 60th on Billboard magazine's artists of the 2000 -- 2009 decade chart. It was certified diamond, selling over million copies. The record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, Best New Artist. They were also well received by critics. Jones is half-sister of fellow musician Anoushka Shankar. After her parents separated in 1986, Shankar lived with her mother, growing up in Grapevine, Texas. She attended Grapevine High School before transferring to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. While in high school, she sang in the school choir, played the alto saxophone. With both parents' consent, she officially changed her name to Norah Jones. Jones always had an affinity for the music of Billie Holiday, among other "oldies". She once said, "My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set; I picked out one disc that I played that over and over again." As a child, Jones also took piano and voice lessons.Norah Jones – Jones performs at Farm Aid, October 2, 2010
49. Patricia Kaas – Patricia Kaas is a French singer and actress with an International following. Stylistically her music is closer to a mixture of pop music, cabaret, jazz and chanson. Since the appearance of her 1988 album, Mademoiselle chante... Kaas has sold over 17 million records worldwide. She had Korea with her third album Je te dis vous. Kaas is almost constantly on tour internationally. In 2002, Kaas had her film debut in And now... Ladies and Gentlemen, opposite Jeremy Irons. Kaas is currently on "Kabaret" tour since the end of 2008. She finished in 8th place. Patricia Kaas was born as the youngest of her family on 5 December 1966 in Forbach, Lorraine, France, near the German border. Her mother, Irmgard, was a German citizen from Saar. Kaas grew up in Stiring-Wendel, on the French side of the border. Until the age of six she spoke only Lorraine Franconian. Her mother encouraged Kaas to become a singer at a very young age. Her great success came when she received first place at a pop song contest.Patricia Kaas – Patricia Kaas at Cannes festival
50. Lainie Kazan – Lainie Kazan is an American actress and singer. Kazan had previously received a Golden Globe nomination for the film version of My Favorite Year. Her other film appearances include The Delta Force, Harry and the Hendersons, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. She was born Lanie Levine in the daughter of Carole and Ben Levine. Her father, of Russian Ashkenazi Jewish descent, worked as a bookie. She has described her mother as "neurotic, artistic." Kazan graduated in Hempstead, New York. Kazan was married to Peter Daniels in 1971. In a segment of Celebrity Ghost Stories Kazan revealed that she was widowed in 1989 when he died of cancer. She is a grandmother. Kazan serves on the boards of the Young Musicians' Foundation, B'nai Brith. She has dedicated time to educating the public about the condition. On April 2016, she was injured in a head-on collision in Los Angeles. She made her Broadway debut in 1961 followed by Bravo Giovanni. Both had attended the same high school, New York.Lainie Kazan – Kazan at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard afterparty in February 2007
51. Morgana King – Morgana King is an American jazz singer and actress. Her best-known role was that of Carmela Corleone in The Godfather Part II. She was born Maria Grazia Morgana Messina in Pleasantville, New York. Her parents were from Province of Catania, Sicily. King grew up in New York City with five siblings. Her father, who owned a coal and business, played the piano and guitar by ear. Her family experienced a financial period after her father died. At age 16 King developed a love for big bands. A scholarship to the Metropolitan School of Music soon followed. Her professional career began at age sixteen as Morgana King. When she sang in 1953, a record label executive took interest after being impressed with the unique phrasing and multi-octave range. Three years later in 1956, her first album, For You, For Evermore, was released. In the first appearance of Leonard G. Feather's Encyclopedia of Jazz, Morgana King stated that her ambition was "… to become a dramatic actress." She began her acting career in The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, as Carmela Corleone, wife of Don Vito Corleone. In the film, King sang the song "Luna mare".Morgana King – King with Dean Martin, 1968.
52. Kathy Kosins – Kathy Ann Kosins is an American singer specializing in jazz and R&B; she is also an ASCAP award winning songwriter and modern abstractionist painter. In more recent years, Kosins has become an internationally known singer; as a multi-media artist she also incorporates her painting into those live presentations. Kathy Kosins was born to Marilyn and Harry Kosins. Her father was a well-known clothing owner who dressed many of the Motown acts and music personalities. She notes the wide range of music she was exposed to on; she was most influenced by Janis Joplin as a singer growing up. She attended Southfield High School and then Oakland Community College where she completed an Associates degree. She on was working with rock bands in the late 1970s and had worked with Michael Henderson. She was 24 when she met Don Fagenson. Kosins met Don Was in the studio when Jack Tann were putting together the first record for the band Was. The two men had a hit single before the first 1981 Was. Kosins was eventually hired as a backup singer and the contractor for other background singers for Was. Kosins recorded with the band Was and with Michael Henderson as a background vocalist during this time through the late 1980s. Don Was produced her 1982 single You Shook Me All Night Long, a re-make of the AC/DC tune. She went on to do several other albums through the 1980s; she also recorded with the British band Floy Joy. She had another dance single in 1985, distributed by Carrere/Sony of France.Kathy Kosins – Kathy Kosins
53. Diana Krall – Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. Krall has sold more than million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide. She is the only singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. To date, Krall has won five Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards. Krall has also earned nine gold, seven multi-platinum albums. Her mother sang in a community choir. Krall was playing playing jazz in a local restaurant at 15. Krall went to the Berklee College of Music before going to Los Angeles to play jazz. Krall returned to Canada to release her first album in 1993. Krall's mother died of multiple myeloma within months of the pianist's mentors Ray Brown and Rosemary Clooney. Michelle, is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Krall and British musician Elvis Costello were married at Elton John's estate outside London. Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, were born December 6, 2006, in New York City. In 1993, she released her first album, Stepping Out, which she recorded with Jeff Hamilton. It caught the attention of producer Tommy LiPuma, who produced her second album, Only Trust Your Heart.Diana Krall – Krall at a CD signing in Toronto in September 2007
54. Frankie Laine – Often billed as "America's Number One Stylist", his other nicknames include "Mr. Rhythm", "Old Leather Lungs", "Mr. Steel Tonsils". Laine sang an eclectic variety of song genres, stretching from big band crooning to pop, western-themed songs, gospel, rock, folk, jazz, blues. Laine's enduring popularity was illustrated in June 2011, when a TV-advertised compilation called Hits reached No. 16 on the British chart. He was also known as Mr. Rhythm for his driving jazzy style. Laine was the biggest of a new breed of singers who rose to prominence in the post -- World War II era. In the words of Jazz critic Richard Grudens: Frank's style was very innovative, why he had such difficulty with early acceptance. I think that Frank probably was one of the forerunner of... blues, of... roll. A lot of singers who sing with a passionate demeanor—Frank was and is definitely that. I always used to love to mimic him with'That's…my…desire.' Frank had already done them. You can't categorize him. He's one of those singers that's not in one track. And still I think that his records had more excitement and life into it. And I think, his big point, that he was so full of energy. You know when you hear his records it was dynamite energy.Frankie Laine – Jimmy Crawford (left) and Frankie Laine, ca. 1947. Photography by William P. Gottlieb.
55. Dorothy Lamour – Dorothy Lamour was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for appearing to... movies, a series of successful comedies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. She began her career as a big band singer. In 1936, Lamour moved to Hollywood where she signed with Paramount Pictures. Her appearance as "Ulah" in The Jungle Princess marked the beginning of her image as the "Sarong Queen." In 1940, she made her first Road to... Road to Singapore. The Road to... films were popular during the 1940s. Road to Bali, was released in 1952. By that time, she focused on stage and television work. Actress Joan Collins was cast as the female lead. She sang a song near the end of that film. In the 1970s, she revived her act and, in 1980, released her autobiography My Side of the Road. Lamour made her final appearance in 1987. She married William Ross Howard III, in 1943. They remained married until Howard's death in 1978.Dorothy Lamour – circa 1940
56. K.d. lang – Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC, known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Lang has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musical performances; hits include "Constant Craving" and "Miss Chatelaine". She is also known for being Tibetan human rights activist. She is a tantric practitioner of the old school of Tibetan Buddhism. She performed Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" live at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Previously, she had performed at the closing ceremony of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Lang possesses the vocal range of a mezzo-soprano. She was born in Adam Frederick Lang. She is of English, Irish, Scottish, German, Russian Jewish, Icelandic, Sioux ancestry. When Lang was nine months old, her family moved to Consort, Alberta, where she grew up with two sisters and one brother on the Canadian prairie. A owner, left the family when she was twelve. They recorded Friday Dance Promenade, at Sundown Recorders. Label owner Larry Wanagas became her personal manager. The first band featured Stu Macdougal on drums, bassist Farley Scott. The Reclines regularly played the legendary Sidetrack Cafe, a local venue that featured live bands six nights a week.K.d. lang – k.d. lang in 2006
57. Frances Langford – Julia Frances Langford was an American singer and entertainer, popular during the Golden Age of Radio and also made film appearances over two decades. The Langford family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Frances grew up. She studied music at Florida Southern College, also in Lakeland. Frances grew up in a tiny community near Lakeland. She attended Lakeland High School. Langford originally trained as an singer. While a young girl she required a tonsillectomy that changed her range to a contralto. As a result, she was forced to change her vocal style to popular music style. At age 17, she was singing for local dances. Cigar manufacturer Eli Witt heard her hired her to sing on his local radio show. While singing during the early 1930s, she was heard by Rudy Vallee, who invited her to become a regular on his radio show. Until 1938 she was a regular performer on Dick Powell's radio show. From 1946 to 1951, she performed on The Bickersons. With her debut in Every Night at Eight the diminutive five-foot-one-inch star introduced what became her signature song: "I'm in the Mood for Love". In the Western "Deputy Marshal", she co-starred with matinee idol Jon Hall.Frances Langford – promo photo 1946
58. Peggy Lee – Peggy Lee was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, actress, in a career spanning six decades. During her career, Lee wrote music for films, recorded conceptual record albums that combined poetry and music. Her family were Lutherans. Her mother was Norwegian-American. After he mother died when Lee was four, her father married Min Schaumber. She first sang professionally in Valley City, North Dakota. Lee later had her own series on a show sponsored by a local restaurant that paid her a salary in food. Both after her high school years, she sang for small sums on local radio stations. Radio personality Ken Kennedy, of WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota, changed her name to Peggy Lee. She traveled to Los Angeles at the age of 17. Lee was noticed by hotel owner Frank Bering while working at the Doll House in Palm Springs, California. It was here that she developed her trademark purr -- having decided to compete with the noisy crowd with subtlety rather than volume. Beringin offered her at The Buttery Room a nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel East in Chicago. There, Lee was noticed by bandleader Benny Goodman. According to Lee, she was very impressed.Peggy Lee – Photographed in 1950
59. Ute Lemper – Ute Lemper is a German singer and actress renowned for her interpretation of the work of Kurt Weill. Born in Münster, Germany, Ute Gertrude Lemper was raised in a Roman Catholic family. She joined the jazz-rock group known as the Panama Drive Band at the age of 16. Later, she graduated in Vienna. She also dubbed the singing voices of Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame for German-speaking audiences. In 1991 Ute Lemper participated with song The Photograph, written by Italian songwriter Enzo Jannacci. A painter in Lemper's paintings have been showcased in numerous galleries. A mother of four, resides on the Upper West Side section of Manhattan in New York City. She performs recently in the Middle East. Her autobiography was published in 1995. She has also authored several journal articles. Prospero's Books, Appetite and Prêt-à-Porter. She has contributed to the soundtracks including The Voyager, Kissing Jessica Stein and Appetite. In 2007, Lemper was a juror in the German version of Dancing with the Stars. She recorded Illusions in 1992, devoted to the songs of Édith Piaf.Ute Lemper – Ute Lemper
60. Annie Lennox – Ann "Annie" Lennox, OBE is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. Including Best British Female Artist six times, Lennox has won more than any other female artist. She has also been named the "Brits Champion of Champions". Lennox embarked with her debut album, Diva, which produced several hit singles including "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass". To date, she has released a compilation album, The Annie Lennox Collection. Aside from her eight Brit Awards, she has also collected an MTV Video Music Award. In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award; the highest accolade from Billboard Magazine. On June 2012 she performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace. Lennox performed the song "Little Bird" during the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony on 12 August 2012. Lennox has been named "The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive" of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. In 2012, she was rated No. 22 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music. She has earned the distinction of "most successful British artist in UK music history" due to her commercial success since the early 1980s. Including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox had sold over 80 million records worldwide. Annie Lennox was born on Christmas Day 1954 in Summerfield Maternity hospital, Aberdeen, Thomas Allison Lennox. In the 1970s, Lennox won a place in London where she studied the flute, piano and harpsichord for three years.Annie Lennox – Annie Lennox performing at the Rally for Human Rights during the International AIDS Conference 2010 in Vienna as part of her SING Campaign.
61. Julie London – Julie London was an American nightclub, jazz and pop singer, film and television actress and a former pinup model, whose career spanned five decades of television. London was noted for her sensual husky voice and languid demeanor. London had also appeared as a panelist on numerous game shows. In 1941, when she was 14, the family moved to Hollywood, California. Shortly after that, London began appearing in films. London graduated in 1945. She began singing before appearing in film. London was discovered by agent Sue Carol, while working as an elevator operator. Her early career did not include any singing roles. She recorded 32 albums in a career that began with a live performance at the 881 Club in Los Angeles. Billboard named the most popular female vocalist for 1955, 1956, 1957. It automatically sounds intimate." London's début recordings were for the Bethlehem Records label. While shopping for a record deal, London recorded four tracks that would later be included in 1955. Bobby Troup backed London on the album.Julie London – London in 1958
62. Patti LuPone – Patti Ann LuPone is an American actress and singer, best known for her work in stage musicals. She is a two-time Tony Award winner. She is also a 2006 American Theater Hall of Fame inductee. LuPone made her Broadway debut in Three Sisters in 1973. She received the first of six Tony Award nominations for The Robber Bridegroom. She won the Tony Award in a Musical for her role as Eva Perón in the 1979 original Broadway production of Evita. She won a second Tony Award as Mama Rose in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy. She also had a role in the third season of the FX series American Horror Story: Coven. Her film appearances include Witness, Driving Miss Daisy, Main and Parker. Her great-grand-aunt was Adelina Patti. Her older brother Robert LuPone is an actor, director who originated the role of Zach the director in A Chorus Line. LuPone was part of the first graduating class of Juilliard's Drama Division, which also included Kevin Kline and David Ogden Stiers. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1972, LuPone became one of the original members of The Company, formed by John Houseman. The Acting Company is a nationally touring repertory company.Patti LuPone – Lupone at 2010 Drama League
63. Shirley Manson – Shirley Ann Manson is a Scottish singer, songwriter, musician and actress. She is the lead singer of the alternative rock Garbage. Manson gained attention for her forthright style, rebellious attitude, distinctive voice. Manson's musical career began in her teens when she was approached to perform backing keyboards for Scottish band Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. Quickly she developed a formidable stage presence. Garbage sold 12 million records over ten years. Shirley Ann Manson was born in Edinburgh. Shirley was named after an aunt, herself named after Charlotte Brontë's Shirley. She attended Edinburgh. Manson's education was informed by the Church of Scotland, until the age of 12, when she rebelled against organized religion. Manson's public performance was in 1970, at age four, with her older sister, in an amateur show held at the local Church Hill Theatre. Enrolled at Flora Stevenson Primary School, Manson learned ballet and piano from extramural classes at age seven. Manson was eventually moved toward customers. Manson became making use of free samples from Miss Selfridge, styled hair for a number of local bands. Manson also briefly modeled clothing for Jackie magazine.Shirley Manson – Manson performing as part of Garbage, 2012.
64. Nellie McKay – Her music has showcased different genres, from jazz to disco to funk. McKay was born to an English father, writer-director Malcolm McKay, an American mother, actress Robin Pappas. She holds dual citizenship. While growing up, she lived in Olympia, Washington and in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania. She did not graduate. Her performances including the Sidewalk Cafe and Joe's Pub, drew attention from record labels. She signed with Columbia Records. The recording sessions for McKay's album Get Away from Me took place in August 2003 with Geoff Emerick as producer. Emerick was known for working as Revolver and Abbey Road. The title is a play on Norah Jones' Come Away with Me. McKay is said to be the first woman to release a double album as her first release. . Get Away from Me was released in February 2004. Jon Pareles of The New York Times called the album "a tour de force from a articulate musician who sounds comfortable in any era". The album was included on several "Best of 2004" lists.Nellie McKay – McKay at the Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City on May 14, 2011
65. Claudia McNeil – She later appeared in a 1981 production of the musical version of the play, Raisin presented by Equity Library Theater. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award in the Sun in 1961. McNeil was born to Marvin Spencer McNeil, an African-American, Annie Mae Anderson McNeil, an Apache Indian. The family moved soon after her birth. She was raised by her mother after her father left the family. At the age of 12, McNeil began working for The Heckscher Foundation for Children. McNeil became fluent in Yiddish. She soon began singing in vaudeville theaters, performing in nightclubs in Harlem, Greenwich Village and on 52nd Street. McNeil also sang on its South American tour. Four years later, Langston Hughes chose her to sing in his musical play Simply Heavenly. She won critical acclaim for this role. New York Times journalist Eric Pace summarized McNeil's performance explaining that she had a "commanding presence." She acted including The Last Angry Man, There Was a Crooked Man... and Black Girl. She also starred in the plays Tiger Tiger Burning Bright, James Baldwin's The Amen Corner, Something Different, Her First Roman, Contributions. By the time she appeared in the 1959 film The Last Angry Man, she weighed nearly 300 pounds.Claudia McNeil – publicity photo, 1960
66. Carmen McRae – Carmen Mercedes McRae was an American jazz singer, composer, pianist, actress. McRae established her own distinctive voice. She went on enjoying a rich musical career, performing and recording in the United States, Europe, Japan. McRae was born in Harlem. Osmond, was originally from Costa Rica, her mother, Evadne McRae, an immigrant from Jamaica. The music of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington filled her home. When she was just 17 years old she met singer Billie Holiday. As a McRae came to the attention of Teddy Wilson and his wife, the composer Irene Kitchings Wilson. "Dream of Life", was, through their influence, recorded in 1939 by Wilson's long-time collaborator Billie Holiday. McRae considered Holiday to be her primary influence. But it was while working in Brooklyn that she came to the attention of Decca’s Milt Gabler. Her five-year association with Decca yielded 12 LPs. In 1948 she moved to Chicago with whom she had fallen in love. At the end of the relationship, she worked at the Archway Lounge. She played piano steadily for almost four years before returning to New York in 1952.Carmen McRae – Portrait by Zita Cypress, circa 1949
67. Katie Melua – Ketevan "Katie" Melua is a Georgian-British singer, songwriter and musician. She moved at fourteen. Melua made her musical debut in 2003. In 2006, she was the United Kingdom's best-selling female artist and European female artist. Piece by Piece, was released in September 2005 and to date has gone platinum four times. Melua released her third album Pictures in October 2007. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2008, Melua had a fortune of # million, making her the seventh richest British musician under thirty. It was reported in 2009 that she may have lost millions as a result of the economic downturn. As of May 2011, she came second in the under 30 rich list. Ketevan Melua, known to her family, was born to Amiran and Tamara Melua in Kutaisi, Georgia, then part of the Soviet Union. The family remained in Belfast, living close to Falls Road, until Melua was thirteen. During her time in Northern Ireland, Melua later moved to Dominican College, Fortwilliam. Some time later moved again to Redhill, Surrey. Melua is fluent in English and Russian; despite still speaking Georgian fluently she has admitted that she cannot write songs in the language. Melua is partly of Canadian and Russian ancestry.Katie Melua – Katie Melua in Germany, 2013
68. Kate Michaels – Kate Michaels is an American singer and actor specializing in big band/swing and musical theater. Kate Michaels is from one of the northernmost towns in the California Central Valley. Edward Proper Hall, was a dentist and died from cancer before the age of 30. Edward was the great-grandson of Edward Proper, known for having developed a strain of wheat which carries his name, Proper wheat. Michaels grew up in a musical family. All of the family sang and played different instruments. Hedley Hall, was a colorful vaudeville player and local radio personality. Her primary influences have been folk, musical theater, jazz. Michaels, raised in California, has lived in Singapore, Austria and Germany; she currently lives in Basel, Switzerland. In 1998, Michaels sang for the UK tour of the Australian-American poetic piece, Walking the Dog, produced by Walking the Dog Theater Company, New York. Soon after her first album, Just Marilyn, was produced. The Best Things in Life, a jazz recording with German jazz trio The Red Thread was released in 2007. She has also been published in various newsletters. Michaels has been been widely praised for her vocal talent and her emotional and witty interpretations. Focusing from the Great American Songbook, Just Marilyn reaches into the big band era and builds on the glamor of Marilyn Monroe.Kate Michaels – Kate Michaels
69. Bette Midler – Bette Midler is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, film producer. Since 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist. She made her motion debut with The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. She starred in For the Boys and Gypsy, won two additional Golden Globe awards for these films. In a career spanning almost half a century, she has won 3 Grammy Awards, a special Tony Award. Midler has received 4 Gold, 3 Multiplatinum albums by RIAA. Midler was born in Honolulu, where hers was one of the few Jewish families in a mostly Asian neighborhood. Midler was named after actress Bette Davis, though Davis pronounced her first name in one, / ˈbɛt /. She was raised in Aiea and attended Radford High School, in Honolulu. She was voted "Most Talkative" in the 1961 school Hoss Election, "Most Dramatic" in her senior year. Midler majored in drama at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, but left after three semesters. Midler earned money as an extra playing an uncredited passenger named Miss David Buff. She married artist Martin von Haselberg on December 1984, after their first meeting. Sophie von Haselberg, also an actress, was born on November 1986. Midler relocated to New York City in the summer of 1965, using money from her work in the film Hawaii.Bette Midler – Midler backstage at the Grammy Awards, February 1990
70. Mietta – Daniela Miglietta is an Italian singer. She has released 10 albums in total. In 1988 she took part in the New comers category with Sogno. It didn't happen, however it was noticed by the melodic songwriter Amedeo Minghi, who wrote the song Canzoni in the following year. Mietta won the critics award Mia Martini. The song also became an evergreen, winning ten gold records. Her album, also entitled "Canzoni", went five times platinum and is published throughout Europe. In 1990 she again won two Telegattos: One for the song of the other award for best female artist of the year. Her second album "Volano pagine", which contains a cover version of Lover Man, won two platinum record awards. Oggi Dani è più felice won the MTV award in England as best foreign video transmitted for the year. She soon appeared in Zucchero's video "Menta e rosmarino" and later debuts as an actress in "La Piovra", a Italian series. In the less successful sequel, she was replaced by Franca D'Amato. In 1998 she was back to music with "La anima", album with cover songs of popular black music. In 2002 she got a new role in the TV film Donne di mafia. Arabesque sounds for the 2003 album Per esempio... per amore, produced and written by Mango.Mietta – Mietta
71. Milva – Maria Ilva Biolcati, known as Milva, is an Italian singer, stage and film actress, television personality. Milva has also released numerous albums in France, Japan, Korea, Greece, Spain and South America. Her stage productions of Luciano Berio's operas have toured the world's theatres. Her artistic stature has been officially recognised by the Italian, French republics, each of which have bestowed her with the highest honours. Maria Ilva Biolcati was born on 17 July 1939. In 1960 she recorded her first 7" single with Cetra Records: Édith Piaf's song "Milord". Her real debut was in 1961 where she took third place. In 1962 she was the first singer to sing Édith Piaf's repertoire at the prestigious Olympia theatre in Paris. Music critics named her singer of the year. The film was entered into the 12th Berlin International Film Festival. In the same year, Milva also appeared in the film an Italian film directed by Stefano Canzio. In February, she participated in the Sanremo Musical Festival of 1962, competing with a jazz-infused song written by Bruno Pallesi and Walter Malgoni. Her performance earned her second place in the single that followed reached number one on the Italian charts. From 30 April to 4 May 1963, she was a presenter on the Italian variety show Il Cantatutto. In the album, Milva performed Quattro Vestiti, composed by a song which would be released on an EP by the same name.Milva – Milva at a theatre presentation of La variante di Lüneburg (2009)
72. Marilyn Monroe – Marilyn Monroe was an American actress and model. Famous for playing comic "dumb blonde" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $ million in 1962. Monroe continues to be considered a popular icon. Raised in Los Angeles, she married at the age of sixteen. The work led with Columbia Pictures. After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in 1951. When the studio was still reluctant to change her contract, she founded a company in late 1954, Marilyn Monroe Productions. She dedicated 1955 to building her company and began studying method acting at the Actors Studio. In late 1955, Fox awarded a new contract, which gave a larger salary. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits. Monroe's troubled private life received much attention. Monroe struggled with anxiety. She had two highly publicized marriages, to retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, both of which ended in divorce. Monroe died from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles.Marilyn Monroe – Studio publicity photograph
73. Helen Morgan – Helen Morgan was an American singer and actress who worked in films and on the stage. She made a big splash in the Chicago club scene in the 1920s. Helen Morgan died at the age of 41. She was born Helen Riggin in 1900 in Danville, Illinois. Frank Riggin, was a farmer in Davis Township, Fountain County, Indiana. After Lulu Lang Riggin, divorced and remarried, she changed the last name to "Morgan". She moved to Chicago with her daughter. Helen never worked a variety of jobs just to get by. She worked in films. By the age of twenty, Morgan had started singing in speakeasies in Chicago. Nevertheless she became a wildly popular torch singer. A draped-over-the-piano look became her signature while performing at Billy Rose's Backstage Club in 1925. During this period, she studied music in her free time. During the run of Show Boat, however, Morgan's stardom led to difficulties. Her prominence in the world of New York nightclubs led to her fronting a club called Chez Morgan, at which she entertained.Helen Morgan – Helen Morgan, 1935
74. Morrissey – Steven Patrick Morrissey, professionally known as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter and author. Morrissey rose as the lead singer of the indie rock band The Smiths, active from 1982 to 1987. Since then, he has had a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. Born to a working-class Irish migrant family, he grew up in Manchester. As a child Morrissey developed a love of literature, popular music. Involved in Manchester's punk scene during the late 1970s, Morrissey fronted The Nosebleeds, with little success. Beginning a career in journalism, Morrissey authored a number of books on music and film in the early 1980s. With Johnny Marr Morrissey established The Smiths in 1982, soon attracting national recognition for their self-titled album. Personal differences between Morrissey and Marr resulted in 1987. In 1988, he launched his career with the album Viva Hate. In the mid-to-late 1990s, Southpaw Grammar and Maladjusted, also charted but were less well received. After a hiatus between 2003, he released a successful comeback album, You Are the Quarry, in 2004. Relocating to Italy, ensuing years saw the release of albums Ringleader of the Tormentors, World Peace Is None of Your Business. In 2013 he released his autobiography, followed by his first novel in 2015. Highly influential, he is widely credited as being a seminal figure in the emergence of Britpop.Morrissey – Morrissey, 2005
75. Lee Morse – Lena Corinne "Lee" Morse was an American jazz and blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress. She was known for her strong, deep singing vocal range, which often belied her petite frame. One of her trademarks was her unique style of yodeling. Recording over 200 songs over her career, she was one of the most female singers of the 1920s. Morse was also moderately successful as an actress on the Broadway stage. Her career, however, were marred by alcoholism. In 2014, Morse's rendition of "If You Want the Rainbow" was used in an episode of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. She was born Lena Corinne Taylor in a small town in the Grande Ronde Valley. Some sources list Morse's birthplace as Portland, Oregon, though this is disputed by her certificate, which lists her birthplace as Union County, Oregon. Morse was the ninth of twelve children of Pleasant John Taylor, his wife Olive Higgins Fleming. Morse's other siblings included six other brothers: Paul; two half-sisters, Elinor and Carrie; and two half-brothers, Lemuel and Pleasant. After their ranch was foreclosed on, the family relocated to the small town of Kooskia, Idaho, where Lena spent her early years. In 1908 the Taylors moved to Clearwater Valley, three miles east of Kooskia. Father John Taylor spent time as a traveling preacher in Colorado and across Oregon. Lena Taylor would often be heard singing to school.Lee Morse – Morse circa 1930
76. Frank Ocean – Christopher Francis "Frank" Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper. Ocean released his breakout mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, in 2011. It generated his first charting single "Novacane". In 2012, he finished in BBC's Sound of 2012 poll. Channel Orange, was released in July 2012 to critical acclaim and reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. It was promoted with three singles: You", "Pyramids" and "Sweet Life". In 2016, he released the visual album Endless following several years of delays. Blonde was debuted at number one in the United States and the United Kingdom. He was born Christopher Edwin Breaux on October 28, 1987, to parents Calvin Edward Cooksey and Katonya Breaux. When he was around five years old, his family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. As a teenager, Ocean saved up money to rent studio time. As he recalled, "Oh man I had numerous hustles... Washing cars was one of them, mowing lawns and walking dogs." Ocean moved into its dormitory in 2005. He transferred to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.Frank Ocean – Ocean in December 2011
77. Anita O'Day – She changed her surname to O'Day, pig Latin for "dough," slang for money. Along with Mel Tormé, is often grouped with the West Coast cool school of jazz. Like Tormé, O'Day had some training in jazz drums; her longest musical collaboration was with drummer John Poole. While maintaining a central core of hard swing, O'Day's skills in improvisation of melody put her squarely among the pioneers of bebop. She cited Martha Raye as the primary influence on her vocal style, also expressing admiration for Mildred Bailey, Billie Holiday. She always maintained that the accidental excision of her uvula during a childhood unable to maintain long phrases. That botched operation, she claimed, forced her to develop a more percussive style based on rhythmic drive. Anita Belle Colton was raised in Chicago, Illinois, during the Great Depression. Colton took the first chance to leave her unhappy home when, at age 14, she became a contestant as a dancer. She toured for two years occasionally being called upon to sing. In 1934, she began singing "The Lady in Red" for tips. In 1936, she left the endurance contests, determined to become a professional singer. At the Vialago, O'Day met Don Carter, who introduced her to music theory; they wed in 1937. Also performing at the Off-Beat was the Max Miller Quartet, which backed O'Day for the first ten days of her stay there. The call from Krupa came in early 1941.Anita O'Day – Anita O'Day in 2005
78. Roy Orbison – Roy Kelton Orbison, nicknamed the Big O, was an American singer-songwriter and musician, known for his distinctive, impassioned voice, complex compositions and dark emotional ballads. The combination led many critics to describe his music as operatic, giving the sobriquet "the Caruso of Rock". Between 1964, 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "Oh, Pretty Woman". He began singing in a rockabilly and country and western band in high school. His greatest success came with Monument Records in the early 1960s. In 1988, Orbison was a member of the Traveling Wilburys supergroup, along with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne. Orbison died of a heart attack shortly thereafter. Music scholars have suggested that he had a three - or four-octave range. In 2002, Billboard magazine listed Orbison in the Top 600 recording artists. Both of his parents were unemployed during the Great Depression and, searching for work, moved the family to Texas, when Roy was a child. Orbison attended Denver Avenue Elementary School until a polio scare prompted the family to return to Vernon. Later, they moved to Wink, Texas. He later expressed relief that he was able to leave the desolate town. All the Orbison children were afflicted with poor eyesight; Roy used corrective lenses from an early age. Orbison began dyeing his nearly-white hair black when he was still young.Roy Orbison – Roy Orbison in 1965
79. Madeleine Peyroux – Madeleine Peyroux is a French-American jazz and blues singer-songwriter. When Peyroux was six years old her family moved to later southern California. She moved with her mother to Paris. In interviews, Peyroux describes her parents as "eccentric educators" who helped her pursue a career in music. As a child her father listened to old records Peyroux learned to play her mother's ukelele. Peyroux performed with street musicians in the Latin Quarter in Paris. She joined a group called the Riverboat Shufflers. At sixteen she joined The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band and toured Europe with them. On her debut album, she was accompanied by Cyrus Chestnut, Vernon Reid, Marc Ribot, James Carter, Leon Parker. The album contained original songs from the 1920s and 1930s. In 1997, she covered the song "Life is Fine" as a Rainer Ptácek tribute. In 2004 she released Got You with William Galison. She released her second solo album, Careless Love, which sold over a million copies worldwide. Half the Perfect World, was released a few days later. The record was with Jesse Harris, Walter Becker, k.d. lang.Madeleine Peyroux – Madeleine Peyroux in 2005
80. Anne Pigalle – Anne Pigalle is a French chanteuse and multimedia artist. Anne Pigalle grew up in Paris. She was brought up in an artistic home. Before she was ten years old, she was selected by the choir who said she had ` the golden voice of an angel'. As a teenager, she played guitar in an all-girl band, hanging out in Paris and London. She appeared in cult magazines such as ID Magazine No. 2, Grabuge and Facade'. The poster for the single He! Anne Pigalle then appeared including covers such as ID Magazine. In 1986, Miss Pigalle revamped the Café de Paris in Piccadilly, London, with a new concept ` Les Nuits Du Mercredi'. It attracted thousands, including Andy Warhol. She also played before an audience including Joni Mitchell. Around that time she toured Japan and Europe. In 1989, she performed for the anniversary of the French Revolution. Other TV appearances included The Tube, Japan and Mexico, etc..Anne Pigalle – Anne Pigalle
81. Martha Raye – Martha Raye was an American comic actress and singer who performed in movies, later on television. She also acted including Broadway. She was honored in 1969 with an Academy Award as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient to the troops. Raye's life as comedic performer began in very early childhood. She was born as Margy Reed, some sources give her real name as Maggie O'Reed. Peter F. Reed Jr. was an Irish immigrant, while her mother, Maybelle Hazel Reed, was raised in Milwaukee and Montana. Her parents were performing in a local theatre as "Reed and Hooper" when their daughter was born. Her mother was performing again. Martha first appeared in their act when she was three years old. The children became so popular that their parents' act was renamed "Margie and Bud." In the early 1930s, Raye was a vocalist with the Paul Ash and Boris Morros orchestras. She made her first film appearance in a band short titled A Nite in the Nite Club. In 1936, she made her first picture for Paramount. Her first film was Rhythm on the Range with crooner Bing Crosby. From 1936-39, she was a featured member in 39 episodes of Al Jolson's weekly CBS radio show, The Lifebuoy Program, also called Cafe Trocadero.Martha Raye – Raye c. 1940s
82. Blaire Reinhard – Blaire Reinhard is a singer, pianist, songwriter from Morristown, New Jersey. She is the granddaughter of trumpet player and Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen. On September 7, 2012, her single "No Nothing" with Curtis & Reinhard reached #92 on the iTunes US Pop Music Chart. Blaire also regularly performs around New York City. They have been joined onstage by harmonica virtuoso John Popper of Blues Traveler and have jammed with guitar-tapping legend Stanley Jordan. Blaire's voice have appeared in television shows, feature films, other media.Blaire Reinhard – Blaire Reinhard performing in Highland Park, NJ. Photo by Larry Pickover, 2007.
83. Jimmy Roselli – Roselli was born in Hoboken, Phillip Roselli, a boxer. He grew up five doors down from Frank Sinatra, his senior. In 1944, Roselli joined the United States Army, serving in the 66th Infantry Division. During the war he served in northern France and Vienna. After the war, he returned to Hoboken where he had a daughter. During this time he worked as a pianist. He received his first break in 1954 when Michael "Trigger Mike" Coppola arranged for him to appear with Jimmy Durante at the Boston Latin Quarter. He had success with the song "Mala Femmena" on his first album Showcase: Jimmy Roselli. It sold in 1963. It is considered his signature song. His only hit was a remake of "There Must Be A Way", a song previously recorded by Joni James. It reached number 93 pop. "There Must Be A Way" was an easy-listening hit, reaching #13 in Billboard and #2 in Record World. The song was recorded in 1967. He also had that same year.Jimmy Roselli – Jimmy Roselli in 1965
84. Sade (singer) – Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is a Nigerian-born English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, record producer. With Stuart Matthewman, she gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the English band Sade. Following a brief stint as a designer of men's clothing and part-time model, Adu began backup singing for the band Pride. Growing attention from record labels led her, along with fellow band members, to separate from Pride and form the band Sade. Following a record deal with Epic Records the band released Diamond Life. Following the release of the band's album they went on to release a string of multi-platinum selling albums. After the release of Lovers Rock, the band embarked on a ten-year hiatus in which Sade raised her daughter. Following the hiatus the band returned with their sixth album Soldier of Love which won a Grammy award. The band were ranked on VH1's list of the "100 greatest artists of all time". In 2010, The Sunday Times named her the most successful solo British artist in history. In 2012, Sade was listed at number 30 on VH1's "100 Greatest Women In Music". Helen Folasade Adu was born on 16 January 1959 in Oyo State, Nigeria. Folasade, means "honour confers a crown". When Sade was 11 years old, she moved to Holland-on-Sea, Essex, to live with her mother. After completing her education at Clacton County High School at age 18 she studied fashion design at Saint Martin's School of Art.Sade (singer) – Sade performing at the SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany, in 2011
85. Kathy Sanborn – Kathy Sanborn is an award-winning American jazz vocalist and composer based in California. Sanborn's notable recordings include the albums Lights of Laniakea, Fantasía, Sultry Night, Six Degrees of Cool, Peaceful Sounds. Sanborn won a 2015 American Songwriting Award for "Fantasy," included on her 2015 release, Lights of Laniakea. Stylistically, Sanborn has been compared to 1950s cool jazz singers Anita O'Day, Chris Connor, June Christy, due to her smooth, clear diction. Her vocal tone has been for its depth and timbre. A native of Sanborn graduated magna cum laude from the California State University, Sacramento. Sanborn combines sultry vocals with artistic originality, writing songs that span World Music genres. Spain's NoSoloSmoothJazz.com says: "Kathy Sanborn is one of the most original vocalists in the musical landscape." A trained pianist, Sanborn creates both music and lyrics for her projects. Sanborn's albums include vocal and instrumental songs. Blues for Breakfast, features a song dedicated to the jazz masters of old, such as innovative trumpeter Miles Davis. Adding musical contributions to Blues for Breakfast are renowned GRAMMY ® nominee bassist Scott Petito, trumpeter Wayne Ricci. Sanborn is a member of the National Academy of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Broadcast Music, Inc.. Her biography is profiled in America. Self-released in 2008, Peaceful Sounds is Sanborn's album.Kathy Sanborn – Vocalist and composer Kathy Sanborn
86. Roberta Sherwood – Roberta Sherwood was an American singer, notable in part for her sudden rise to fame at the age of 43. Roberta's father Robert Sherwood was the manager of a traveling show; she and her sister Anne were raised on the road after their mother died. The sisters soon became a vaudeville and nightclub act. In 1932 they met Broadway actor Don Lanning, who ultimately married her in 1938. They both abandoned careers to settle in Miami, opening a small nightclub where she continued to perform. After the restaurant lost its lease, they got a concession to operate a lounge. In 1953 Don lost their concession. After an attempt to start another nightclub failed, Sherwood began to seriously pursue her career. For several years she met with little success. A trip to Las Vegas, where she stayed with friend Gene Austin, failed to advance her career. In January 1956 she suddenly became a success. The comedian Red Buttons brought columnist Walter Winchell to see her; he gave her rave reviews. Soon she had a contract with Decca Records. She was profiled in October. A November 1956 Billboard poll of DJs picked her on a list of "Most Promising Female Vocalists".Roberta Sherwood – Sherwood in 1963.
87. Dinah Shore – Dinah Shore was an American singer, actress, television personality, the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s. TV Guide magazine ranked her on their list of the top fifty television stars of all time. Stylistically, she was compared to two singers who followed her in early 1950s, Doris Day and Patti Page. She was born in Winchester, Tennessee. Shore had a sister, eight years older, named Elizabeth, known as "Bessie." Her parents provided intensive care for her, suggesting rigorous exercising. She sustained a deformed foot and limp. She loved to sing as a small child; a contralto with operatic aspirations, encouraged her. Her father would often take her to his store where she would perform impromptu songs for the customers. In 1924, the Shore family moved to McMinnville, Tennessee, where her father had opened a store. By her fifth-grade year, the family had moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she completed elementary school. Although shy because of her limp, Shore became actively involved in sports, was involved in other activities. When Shore was 16, Shore unexpectedly lost her mother to a attack. Pursuing her education, Dinah enrolled including the Chi chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority. Shore graduated with a degree in sociology.Dinah Shore – Publicity photo, 1951
88. Nina Simone – Born in the sixth child of a preacher, she aspired to be a pianist. With the help of the few supporters in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Waymon then applied for a scholarship to study at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was denied despite a well-received audition. Simone became fully convinced this rejection had been entirely due to her race, a statement, a matter of controversy. Years later, two days before her death, the Curtis Institute of Music bestowed an honorary degree on Simone. To make a living, Eunice Waymon changed her name to "Nina Simone". This effectively launched her career as a vocalist. Simone's musical style accompanied jazz-like singing in her contralto voice. She was raised in North Carolina. Demonstrating a talent with the instrument, she performed at her local church. But her concert debut, a classical recital, was given when she was 12. Mary Kate Waymon, was a housemaid. John Divine Waymon, was a handyman who also suffered bouts of ill health. Simone's music teacher helped establish a special fund to pay for her education. Subsequently, a local fund was set up to assist her continued education.Nina Simone – Simone in 1965
89. Jo Stafford – Jo Elizabeth Stafford was an American traditional pop music singer and occasional actress, whose career spanned five decades from the late 1930s to the early 1980s. Born in Coalinga, California, she made her musical appearance at age twelve. Bandleader Tommy Dorsey hired them in 1939 to perform back-up vocals for his orchestra. In addition to her recordings with the Pied Pipers, she featured for Dorsey. After leaving the group in 1944, Stafford recorded a series of pop standards for Columbia Records. Many of her recordings were backed by the orchestra of Paul Weston. Stafford also performed duets with Frankie Laine. Her work with the United Service Organizations giving concerts for soldiers during World War II earned her the nickname "G.I. Jo". She and Weston developed a routine in which they assumed the identity of an incompetent lounge act named Jonathan and Darlene Edwards, parodying well-known songs. The act proved popular among the wider public when the couple released an album as the Edwardses in 1957. She largely continued in the music business. Stafford had a brief resurgence in popularity in the late 1970s when she recorded a cover of the Bee Gees hit, "Stayin' Alive" as Darlene Edwards. In the 1990s, Stafford began re-releasing some of her material through a label founded by Weston. Stafford is interred with Weston at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City.Jo Stafford – Jo Stafford pictured on the back cover of Radio Album magazine, summer 1948
90. Kay Starr – Katherine Laverne Starks, known as Kay Starr, was an American pop and jazz singer who enjoyed considerable success in the 1940s and 1950s. She is best remembered for introducing two songs that became # hits in the 1950s, "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Rock And Roll Waltz". Starr was successful in every field of music she tried: jazz, country. But her roots were in jazz. Billie Holiday, considered by many the greatest singer of all time, called Starr "the only white woman who could sing the blues." Kay Starr was born Katherine Laverne Starks on a reservation in Dougherty, Oklahoma. Harry, was a full-blooded Iroquois Indian; her mother, Annie, was of mixed Irish and American Indian heritage. When her father got a job installing sprinkler systems for the Automatic Sprinkler Company, the family moved to Dallas, Texas. There, her mother raised chickens, whom Kay serenaded in the coop. Kay's aunt Nora was arranged for her to sing on a Dallas radio station, WRR. First she took a competition by storm, finishing 3rd one week and placing first every week thereafter. Eventually she had her 15-minute show. She sang pop and "hillbilly" songs with a accompaniment. By age 10 she was making a night, quite a salary during the Great Depression. When Starr's father changed jobs, the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she continued performing on the radio.Kay Starr – Starr in 1999
91. Barbra Streisand – Barbara Joan "Barbra" Streisand is an American singer, songwriter, actress, filmmaker. She starred in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl, for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. With the release of Yentl in 1983, she became the first woman to write, star in a major studio film. According to Billboard, Streisand holds the record for the female with the most number one albums. Barbara Joan Streisand was born on April 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, Emanuel Streisand. Her mother later became a secretary. Her father was a high school teacher at the same school, where they first met. Streisand's family was Jewish; her paternal grandparents emigrated from Galicia and her maternal grandparents from the Russian Empire, where her grandfather had been a cantor. Her father was considered handsome. As a student, he spent his outdoors, once working through Canada. "He'd try anything," his sister Molly said. "He wasn't afraid of anything." He became a highly respected educator with a focus on helping delinquent youth. The family fell into near-poverty, with her mother working as a low-paid bookkeeper. Mine didn't."Barbra Streisand – Streisand in 1966
92. Maxine Sullivan – Maxine Sullivan, born Marietta Williams in Homestead, Pennsylvania, was an American jazz vocalist and performer. As a vocalist, Maxine Sullivan was active from the mid-1930s to just before her death in 1987. She is best known for her 1937 recording of a version of the Scottish folk song "Loch Lomond". Throughout her career, Sullivan also appeared on film as well as on stage. In the mid-1930s she was discovered by Gladys Mosier. Mosier introduced her to Claude Thornhill, which led to her first recordings made in June 1937. Thereafter, Sullivan became a featured vocalist at the Onyx Club in New York City. During this period, she began forming a professional and close personal relationship with bassist John Kirby, who became her second husband in 1938. Early sessions with Kirby in 1937 yielded a recording of a swing version of the Scottish folk song "Loch Lomond" featuring Sullivan on vocals. Her early popularity also led to a brief appearance in the movie Going Places with Louis Armstrong. Sullivan performed at many such as the Ruban Bleu, the Village Vanguard, the Blue Angel, the Penthouse. In 1949, Sullivan in 1953 starred in the play, Take a Giant Step. Sullivan was joined by a sextet, reminiscent of John Kirby's group including trumpeter Charlie Shavers and clarinetist Buster Bailey. Sullivan made a string of recordings during the 1980s, despite being over 70 years old. She had two children, Paula Morris.Maxine Sullivan – Sullivan at the Village Jazz Lounge in Walt Disney World, 1975
93. Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Lois Vaughan was an American jazz singer, described by music critic Scott Yanow as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century." Nicknamed "Sassy" and "The Divine One", Sarah Vaughan was a four-time Grammy winner, including a "Lifetime Achievement Award". The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989. Asbury "Jake" Vaughan, was a carpenter by trade and played guitar and piano. Ada Vaughan, was a laundress and sang in the church choir. Ada Vaughan had migrated to Newark from Virginia during the First World War. Sarah was their only biological child, although in the 1960s they adopted the child of a woman who traveled on the road with Sarah Vaughan. The Vaughans lived in a house on Brunswick Street, for Sarah's entire childhood. The family was very active in the New Mount Zion Baptist Church at 186 Thomas Street. Sarah began piano lessons at the age of seven, occasionally played piano for rehearsals and services. Vaughan developed an early love on records and the radio. Biographies of Vaughan frequently stated that she was immediately thrust after a winning amateur night performance at Harlem's Zeus Theater. In fact, the story that biographer Renee relates seems to be a bit more complex. Vaughan was frequently accompanied by a friend, Doris Robinson, into New York City. Some time in the fall of 1942, Vaughan suggested that Robinson enter the Apollo Theater Amateur contest.Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan, c. 1946
94. Violetta Villas – Czesława Gospodarek, known by her stage name Violetta Villas, was a Belgian-born Polish and international cabaret star, singer, actress, composer and songwriter. Her voice was characterized as soprano, which spanned over 4 octaves. Villas had absolute pitch. Characterisations of her included the "Polish Yma Sumac". She was the first star of the Casino de Paris at Dunes Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. She was known for number-one hits. Villas was an animal rights activist. Moreover, Villas had a delusional disorder, which had a bad influence on her contacts with her family. In 2011, she received the Medal to Culture -- Gloria Artis. Villas was born in Heusy, Liège province, the third of four children. Villas spent her childhood in Belgium. Her mother Jane was a housewife. In 1948 Villas settled in Lewin Kłodzki where she began studying music. Villas played the violin in her youth. In 1956 Villas began studying solo singing in Szczecin.Violetta Villas – Violetta Villas in 1967
95. Dionne Warwick – Marie Dionne Warrick, later Warwick, was born to Mancel Warrick and Lee Drinkard. Her father was a Pullman porter, chef, CPA. She was named after her aunt on her mothers side. She also has Native American, Dutch ancestry. After finishing East Orange High School in 1959, Warwick pursued her passion at the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. She also landed some work with her group singing backing vocals for recording sessions in New York City. The original group later included their children: William, Lee and Hansom. Marie instructed the group and they were managed by Lee. Elvis Presley eventually expressed an interest in having them join his touring entourage. Dionne began gospel in Newark, New Jersey. After personnel changes, the Gospelaires became the Sweet Inspirations, which were much sought-after as studio background singers. I wish I remembered the gentleman's name because he was responsible for the beginning of my professional career." The backstage encounter led to the group being asked to sing background sessions at recording studios in New York. The background vocal work would continue while Warwick pursued her studies at Hartt. Musically, she was "no play-safe girl.Dionne Warwick – Warwick in 2012
96. Dinah Washington – Dinah Washington was an American singer and pianist, cited as "the most popular black female recording artist of the'50s". She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Ruth Lee Jones was moved to Chicago as a child. She played piano for the choir in St. Luke's Baptist Church while still in elementary school. She played piano, directing her church choir in her teens and being a member of the Sallie Martin Gospel Singers. She sang lead with the female gospel singers formed by Ms. Martin, co-founder of the Gospel Singers Convention. Her involvement with the choir occurred after she won an amateur contest at Chicago's Regal Theater where she sang "I Can't Face the Music". After winning a contest at the age of 15, she began performing in clubs. By 1941 -- 42 she was performing as Dave's Rhumboogie and the Downbeat Room of the Sherman Hotel. She was playing at a jazz club, when a friend took her to hear Billie Holiday at the Garrick Stage Bar. She credited Joe Sherman with suggesting the change from Ruth Jones, made before Lionel Hampton came to hear Dinah at the Garrick. Both its follow-up, "Salty Papa Blues", made Billboard's "Harlem Hit Parade" in 1944. She stayed with Hampton's band until 1946, after the Keynote label folded, signed as a solo singer. A version of Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin"', was another hit, starting a long string of success. Between 1955, she had 27 R&B top ten hits, making her one of the most popular and successful singers of the period.Dinah Washington – Washington in 1962
97. Ethel Waters – Ethel Waters was an American blues, jazz and gospel singer and actress. She began her career in the 1920s singing blues. She was the second African American, after Hattie McDaniel, to be nominated for an Academy Award. Waters was also the African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award, in 1962. He played no role in raising Ethel. Soon after she was born, her mother married worker Norman Howard. Ethel used the surname Howard before reverting to her father's name of Waters. Waters was never lived in the same place for more than 15 months. Waters said of her difficult childhood, "I never was a child. I never was cuddled, or understood by my family." She grew standing 5' 9 1/2" in her teens. According to archivist Rosetta Reitz, Waters's birth in the North and her peripatetic life exposed her to many cultures. On her 17th birthday, Waters attended a costume party on Juniper Street. Waters was impressed the audience so much that she was offered professional work at the Lincoln Theatre in Baltimore. After her start in Baltimore, she toured on the black circuit.Ethel Waters – Waters in 1943.
98. Nancy Wilson (jazz singer) – Nancy Wilson is an American singer with more than seventy albums, three Grammy Awards. Wilson has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, soul, "the complete entertainer". The title she prefers, however, is "song stylist". She has received many nicknames including "Sweet Nancy", "The Baby", "Fancy Miss Nancy" and "The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice". Wilson's father would buy records to listen to at home. At an early age Wilson heard recordings from Billy Eckstine, Nat Cole, Jimmy Scott with Lionel Hampton's Big Band. She says: "there I heard Dinah Washington, Little Esther". She became aware of her talent while performing during summer visits. By the age of four, she knew she would eventually become a singer. At the age of 15, while a student at West High School, she won a talent contest sponsored by local television station WTVN. The prize was an appearance on a twice-a-week television show, Skyline Melodies, which she ended up hosting. Unsure of her future as an entertainer, she entered college to pursue teaching. She spent one year at Ohio's Central State College before dropping out and following her original ambitions. She auditioned and won a spot with Rusty Bryant's Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956. She toured with them throughout Canada and the Midwest in 1956 to 1958.Nancy Wilson (jazz singer) – Nancy Wilson in 1968