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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 from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, spirituals, Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. Blue notes, usually thirds or fifths flattened in pitch, are also a part of the sound. Blues shuffles or 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, bass lines, and 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 format and the use of blue notes. The origins of the blues are closely related to the religious music of the Afro-American community. The first appearance of the blues is often dated to after the ending of slavery and, later and it is associated with the newly acquired freedom of the former slaves. Chroniclers began to report about blues music at the dawn of the 20th century, the first publication of blues sheet music was in 1908. Blues has since evolved from unaccompanied vocal music and oral traditions of slaves into a variety of styles and subgenres. Blues subgenres include country blues, such as Delta blues and Piedmont blues, as well as urban blues styles such as Chicago blues, World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience, especially white listeners. In the 1960s and 1970s, a form called blues rock evolved. The term blues may have come from blue devils, meaning melancholy and sadness, the phrase blue devils may also have been derived from Britain in the 1600s, when the term referred to the intense visual hallucinations that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal. As time went on, the phrase lost the reference to devils, by the 1800s in the United States, the term blues was associated with drinking alcohol, a meaning which survives in the phrase blue law, which prohibits the sale of alcohol on Sunday. Though the use of the phrase in African-American music may be older, it has been attested to in print since 1912, in lyrics the phrase is often used to describe a depressed mood. The lyrics of traditional blues verses probably often consisted of a single line repeated four times. Two of the first published songs, Dallas Blues and Saint Louis Blues, were 12-bar blues with the AAB lyric structure. Handy wrote that he adopted this convention to avoid the monotony of lines repeated three times, the lines are often sung following a pattern closer to rhythmic talk than to a melodyBlues – John Lomax (left) shaking hands with musician "Uncle" Rich Brown in Sumterville, Alabama
2. Jazz – Jazz is a music genre that originated amongst African Americans in New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in Blues and Ragtime. Since the 1920s jazz age, jazz has become recognized as a form of musical expression. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms, Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Although the foundation of jazz is deeply rooted within the Black experience of the United States, different cultures have contributed their own experience, intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as one of Americas original art forms. As jazz spread around the world, it drew on different national, regional, and local musical cultures, New Orleans jazz began in the early 1910s, combining earlier brass-band marches, French quadrilles, biguine, ragtime and blues with collective polyphonic improvisation. In the 1930s, heavily arranged dance-oriented swing big bands, Kansas City jazz, bebop emerged in the 1940s, shifting jazz from danceable popular music toward a more challenging musicians music which was played at faster tempos and used more chord-based improvisation. Cool jazz developed in the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, smoother sounds and long, modal jazz developed in the late 1950s, using the mode, or musical scale, as the basis of musical structure and improvisation. Jazz-rock fusion appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s, combining jazz improvisation with rock rhythms, electric instruments. In the early 1980s, a form of jazz fusion called smooth jazz became successful. Other styles and genres abound in the 2000s, such as Latin, the question of the origin of the word jazz has resulted in considerable research, and its history is well documented. It is believed to be related to jasm, a term dating back to 1860 meaning pep. The use of the word in a context was documented as early as 1915 in the Chicago Daily Tribune. Its first documented use in a context in New Orleans was in a November 14,1916 Times-Picayune article about jas bands. In an interview with NPR, musician Eubie Blake offered his recollections of the slang connotations of the term, saying, When Broadway picked it up. That was dirty, and if you knew what it was, the American Dialect Society named it the Word of the Twentieth Century. Jazz has proved to be difficult to define, since it encompasses such a wide range of music spanning a period of over 100 years. Attempts have been made to define jazz from the perspective of other musical traditions, in the opinion of Robert Christgau, most of us would say that inventing meaning while letting loose is the essence and promise of jazz. As Duke Ellington, one of jazzs most famous figures, said, although jazz is considered highly difficult to define, at least in part because it contains so many varied subgenres, improvisation is consistently regarded as being one of its key elementsJazz – 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. Almond first began performing and recording in the synthpop/new wave duo Soft Cell and he has also had a diverse career as a solo artist. His collaborations include a duet with Gene Pitney on the 1989 UK number one single Somethings Gotten Hold of My Heart, Almond has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Almond was born in Southport, Lancashire, the son of Sandra Mary Diesen and Peter John Sinclair Almond and he was brought up nearby at his grandparents house in Birkdale with his younger sister, Julia, and as a child suffered from bronchitis and asthma. When he was four, they left their grandparents house and moved to Starbeck, two years later they returned to Southport, and then moved to Horsforth, West Yorkshire. At the age of 11, Almond attended Aireborough Grammar School near Leeds and he found solace in music, listening to British radio pioneer John Peel. The first album he purchased was the soundtrack of the stage musical Hair and he later became a great fan of Marc Bolan and David Bowie and got a part-time job as a stable boy to fund his musical tastes. After his parents divorce in 1972, he moved with his back to Southport. He gained two O-Levels in Art and English and was accepted onto a General Art and Design course at Southport College, Almond applied to Leeds Polytechnic, where he was interviewed by Jeff Nuttall, also a performance artist, who accepted him on the strength of his performing skills. During his time at Art College, he did a series of theatre pieces, Zazou, Glamour in Squalor, Twilights and Lowlifes. He left Art College with a 2,1 honours degree and he later credited writer and artist Molly Parkin with discovering him. It was at Leeds Polytechnic that Almond met David Ball, a fellow student, as an adolescent, Almond listened to Radio Caroline and Radio Luxembourg. He listened at first to progressive music, blues, and rock, and bands such as Free, Jethro Tull, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Van der Graaf Generator, The Who, and The Doors. He bought the first ever issue of Sounds because it contained a poster of Jimmy Page. Almond became a fan of Bolan after hearing him on The John Peel Show, rex single Ride a White Swan. From then on, Almond followed everything Marc Bolan did and it was his obsession with Bolan that prompted Almond to adopt the Marc spelling of his name and he discovered the songs of Jacques Brel through Bowie as well as Alex Harvey and Dusty Springfield. Almond and Dave Ball formed the synthesizer-based duo Soft Cell and signed to Some Bizzare Label and their hits included Tainted Love, Bedsitter, Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Torch, What. Soul Inside, and the club hit Memorabilia, Soft Cells first release was an independent record entitled Mutant Moments via Red Rhino Records in 1980Marc 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 talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi, in 2014 she became the first female Italian artist to win the MTV Europe Music Award for Best European Act. Since her youth, Amoroso participated in local competitions, obtaining good results. In June 2007 she participated in a contest, Fiori di Pesco, singing the song Amor mio, and placed first among the competitors, when she was seventeen, she participated in the auditions for Amici but she failed. On October 5,2008, Amoroso passed the audition for the season of Amici di Maria De Filippi, singing the single from Alicia Keys. Rudy Zerbi, the chairman of Sony Music Italy, assigned three unpublished singles to Amoroso and she participated in the recording of the compilation disc of the programme, Scialla. Find a Way reached the 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, on 25 March 2009, Amoroso was proclaimed winner of Amici di Maria De Filippi, winning the first prize of 200,000 euros. On the same evening, she received the critics prize. With this money, Amoroso says she will continue to study with voice teacher Luca Jurman, after presenting the song during the final of Amici di Maria De Filippi, Alessandra released her first single, Stupida on March 27,2009. The song got a great success and reached the top position in the ranking of the Federation of the Italian Music Industry, on April 10,2009 Sony Music Italy produced her first EP, Stupida. The album became gold in reservation, because of thirty-five thousand copies being ordered, on June 6,2009 in Verona Alessandra receives two Wind Music Award for the sales of Stupida and the compilation Scialla, both certified multiplatinum. From 3 to 8 May 2009 collaborated with the ADMO, an awareness campaign, the experience let her become on December 29,2009 an official ADMO testimonial. The same day the singer is undergoing tests at the typing to be entered in the register of bone marrow donors, on June 21 she performed at the concert Amiche per l’abruzzo, organized by Laura Pausini, at the stadium of San Siro in Milan. From June 19 to September 22, Amoroso pursued a summer tour to promote the Stupida EP on various stages throughout Italy, on August 20 Amoroso recorded, during the Stupida Tour, her sold out concert at Arena Ciccio Franco in Reggio Calabria. As of 2010, Stupida has sold over 200,000 copies in Italy, on September 12,2009 in Rome - during Reggaexplosion - Alessandra duet with Sud Sound System, an Italian band, thus realizing one of her dreams. On October 3,2009 she participated in O Scià, a event organized by Claudio Baglioni. On July 31,2009, during the Stupida Tour, Sony officially announced the date of the first album by Alessandra AmorosoAlessandra Amoroso – Alessandra Amoroso
5. Antony and the Johnsons – Antony and the Johnsons is an American music group presenting the work of Anohni and her collaborators. British experimental musician David Tibet of Current 93 heard a demo, Anohni started the band, its name inspired by the transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnson. The debut album, Antony and 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. Now gaining more attention, Hegarty signed to US-based record label Secretly Canadian, Secretly Canadian also re-released Hegartys debut album in the United States to wider distribution in 2004. Anohnis second full-length album, 2005s I Am a Bird Now, was greeted with positive reviews, the album featured guest appearances by Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Boy George and Devendra Banhart, and circled themes of duality and 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. Antony and the Johnsons collaborated with experimental film-maker Charles Atlas and presented TURNING in November 2006 in Rome, London, Paris, Madrid, 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, and truly wonderful, le Monde in Paris hailed TURNING as Concert-manifeste transsexuel. Antony and the Johnsons 5-song Another World EP was released on 7 October 2008, Antony and the Johnsons third album, The Crying Light, was released on 19 January 2009 and went to #1 on the European Billboard charts. Anohni has described the theme of the album as being about landscape, nature, death, love and the role of the artist were explored across ten tracks, which included the single Epilepsy Is Dancing. The album was mixed by Bryce Goggin and included arrangements by Nico Muhly, as music, its simply exquisite – more controlled and considered than anything Antony and the Johnsons have done and sure to linger in the minds of listeners. The concert hall was transformed into a cave filled with laser effects created by installation artist Chris Levine. At Salle Playel in Paris, Anohni appeared in a designed for her by Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy. After two sold out concerts at the Sydney Opera House, Antony and the Johnsons ended their recent touring in February 2010 in Tokyo, kazuo Ohno died in June of that year, and Anohni wrote an obituary for the dancer in The Guardian. In interviews around the world in 2010, Anohni described her work on Swanlights, Anohni said she was struggling to come to terms with the idea that she was part of a society that was having a virulent impact on the earth. She suggested that the degradation of nature was partially a result of the subjugation of women, Anohni also blamed the collapse of humanitys sustainable relationship with the earth in part on the rise of patriarchal religions that suggest the destiny of humanity to be a paradise elsewhere. Interview Magazine describes Swanlights as a personal call for global. September 2010 saw the release of the Thank You For Your Love EP which includes covers of Dylans Pressing On, the Sun listed Thank You For Your Love as single of the week on 27 August 2010Antony 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 born and raised in Sicily, of a Sicilian mother Rita, by the age of four, Arena became a Mouseketeer for Topolino, the Italian version of Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club. She also performed as a ballerina in the major Italian Theatres at the age of seven. Performing with other children 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. She fully regained her abilities, a side effect of the attack was that she developed a five-octave vocal range as a result of the trauma to her pharynx. After Arena’s father Renato died, she left Italy for the US with her mother, there she came under the wing of Sal Pacino and his wife Katherin Pacino, the father and stepmother of the actor Al Pacino. She resides in Los Angeles, California In 2000, Arena signed a deal with music producer Bob Johnston to produce a full 12 song studio album. In 2001, Arena covered the Japanese classic song, Subaru, originally written, in 2003, Microsoft used her first Rock Opera single Satellite as the theme song for the video game Project Gotham Racing 2. Arena developed a style that is a blend of pop, rock. In 2012, she released the album Morricone. Uncovered in which she performs music by Ennio Morricone to which she had set her own lyrics. According to the Malibu Times, Morricone said I decided to work with her because of her hard work, but most importantly, I consider her the most dominant voice I have heard in my life. I do not allow just any artist to write lyrics to my movie scores, but for her I make the exception. In 2015, Arena signed to Lakeshore Records for an album to coincide with her book Where Did They Film That Italy. Arena has appeared in a concert with Alessandro Safina in Las Vegas, nMG/Macs Records – Italy/US2011 A Mothers Prayer NMG Records 2011 Arthurs Theme NMG Records 2011 Life released September 6,2011 – NMG Records 2012 Morricone. Fresno, Linden/ Quill Driver Books,2016 In 2010, Arena received several awards, in 2012, Arena was one of the 20 recipients of the Premio Sicilla for being an Ambassador of bel canto in the world. Arena has worked with several non-profit organizations by entertaining at fundraising events, including the American Red Cross The Arts Olympus, and Every Woman, Romina Arena Official websiteRomina Arena – Romina Arena
7. Mildred Bailey – Mildred Rinker Bailey was a popular and influential American jazz singer during the 1930s, known as The Queen of Swing, The Rockin Chair Lady and Mrs. Swing. Some of her hits are Its So Peaceful in the Country, Trust in Me. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, Small Fry, Please Be Kind, Darn That Dream, Rockin Chair, Blame It on My Last Affair, Bailey was born Mildred Rinker in Tekoa, Washington. Her mother, Josephine, was an member of the Coeur dAlene Tribe. Her father, Charles, played fiddle and called square dances and her mother played piano every evening after supper and taught Mildred to play and sing. Her brothers were the vocalist and composer Al Rinker and the lyricist Charles Rinker, at seventeen, Bailey moved to Seattle and worked as a sheet music demonstrator at Woolworths. She married and divorced Ted Bailey, keeping his last name because she thought it sounded more American than Rinker, with the help of her second husband, Benny Stafford, she became an established blues and jazz singer on the West Coast. According to Gary Giddins, in his book Bing Crosby, A Pocketful of Dreams, The Early Years 1903–1940, in 1925 she secured work for her brother, Al Rinker, and his partner, Bing Crosby. Giddins further states that Crosby first heard of Louis Armstrong and other Chicago black jazz records from Baileys collection, Crosby helped Bailey in turn by introducing her to Paul Whiteman. She sang with Whitemans band from 1929 to 1933 and her first two records were as uncredited vocalist for a session by the Eddie Lang Orchestra in 1929 and a 1930 recording of I Like to Do Things for You for Frankie Trumbauer. She was Whitemans popular female vocalist through 1932, when she left the band over salary disagreements and she then recorded a series of records for Brunswick in 1933 and an all-star session with Benny Goodmans studio band in 1934, featuring Coleman Hawkins. In the mid-1930s, she recorded with her husband, Red Norvo. A dynamic couple, they earned the nicknames Mr. and Mrs. Swing, from 1936 to 1939 Norvo recorded for Brunswick and Bailey made her own recordings for Vocalion, often with Norvos band. Some of her recordings instead featured members of Count Basies band, despite their divorce, the two continue to record together off and on until 1945. She also sang on a number of Benny Goodmans Columbia recordings in 1939 and 1940, a large woman, she suffered from diabetes and depression. She only made a few recordings following World War II, Bailey died of heart failure, due chiefly to diabetes, on December 12,1951, in Poughkeepsie, New York, aged 44. Norvo outlived Bailey by nearly half a century, dying in April 1999, in 1989, Bailey was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. In 1938, Bailey had two number one hits with Red Norvo and his Orchestra, Please Be Kind reached number one on the Hit Parade chart on May 7Mildred Bailey – Portrait of Mildred Bailey, New York, 1947
8. Tony Bennett – Anthony Dominick Benedetto, known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions and 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 and he fought in the final stages of World War II as a U. S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he developed his technique, signed with Columbia Records and 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 and he then refined his approach to encompass jazz singing. He reached a peak in the late 1950s with albums such as The Beat of My Heart and Basie Swings. In 1962, Bennett recorded his song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco. His career and his personal life experienced a downturn during the height of the rock music era. Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, putting out gold record albums again and he has won 19 Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards, and was named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide, Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3,1926, in Astoria, Queens, New York, to grocer John Benedetto and seamstress Anna Suraci. In 1906, John had emigrated from Podàrgoni, an eastern district of the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria. Anna had been born in the U. S. shortly after her parents emigrated from the Calabria region in 1899. Other relatives came over as well as part of the migration of Italians to America. Tony grew up with a sister, Mary, and an older brother. With a father who was ailing and unable to work, the children grew up in poverty, John Sr. instilled in his son a love of art and literature and a compassion for human suffering, but died when Tony was 10 years old. The experience of growing up in the Great Depression and a distaste for the effects of the Hoover Administration would make the child a lifelong Democrat. Young Tony grew up listening to Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Judy Garland, and Bing Crosby as well as artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden. His Uncle Dick was a tap dancer in vaudeville, giving him a window into show businessTony Bennett – Tony Bennett performing in 2003
9. Polly Bergen – Polly Bergen was an American actress, singer, television host, writer, and entrepreneur. She won an Emmy Award in 1958 for her performance as Helen Morgan in The Helen Morgan Story, for her stage work she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Carlotta Campion in Follies in 2001. Her film work included 1962s Cape Fear and 1963s The Caretakers and she hosted her own variety show for one season, and as an author wrote three books on beauty, fashion, and charm. Bergen was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Lucy and William Hugh Burgin, Bergen appeared in many film roles, most notably in the original Cape Fear opposite Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. She had roles as the romantic interest in three Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy films in the early 1950s, At War with the Army, Thats My Boy, and The Stooge. She was featured in a number of westerns during the 1950s, including Warpath, Arena, bergens later roles included Mrs. Vernon-Williams in Cry-Baby, a John Waters film. Bergen received an Emmy award for her portrayal of singer Helen Morgan in the episode The Helen Morgan Story of the 1950s television series Playhouse 90, signed to Columbia Records, she enjoyed a successful recording career during this era, as well. In the 1950s she also was known as The Pepsi Cola Girl and she was a regular panelist on the CBS game show To Tell the Truth, during its original run. She also appeared on the NBC interview program Heres Hollywood and she earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Rhoda Henry, wife of Capt. Pug Henry, in two ABC miniseries, The Winds of War and its sequel, War and Remembrance. She starred in a 2001 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheims Follies at the Belasco Theater, in 2003, she starred at the same theatre in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opposite Mark Hamill in a role she took over from Rue McClanahan. Bergen played Fran Felstein on HBOs The Sopranos, the mistress of Johnny Soprano. From 2007 to 2011 Bergen had a guest role in Desperate Housewives as Lynette Scavos mother, Stella Wingfield and she was a semi-regular cast member of Commander-in-Chief as the mother of Mackenzie Allen, the President of the United States, played by Geena Davis. Bergen herself had once played the first female President of the United States, as President Leslie McCloud in the 1964 film, Kisses for My President. Another late appearance came in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, Candles on Bay Street, in 1965, Bergen created the Polly Bergen Company cosmetics line. She also created lines of jewelry and shoe brands, and authored three books on beauty, Bergen was married to actor Jerome Courtland in the early 1950s. In 1957 she married Hollywood agent-producer Freddie Fields with whom she had two adopted children, Pamela Kerry Fields and Peter William Fields, and stepdaughter, Kathy Fields, Bergen converted from Southern Baptist to Judaism upon marrying Fields. She was married to entrepreneur Jeffrey Endervelt in the 1980s, Bergen was a liberal-minded, politically active Democrat and feminist. She was an advocate of the Equal Rights Amendment, womens educationPolly Bergen – Polly Bergen in 1953
10. 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 and she is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Blyth was born August 16,1928 in Mount Kisco, New York, to Harry, after her parents separated, she, her mother, and sister moved to a walk-up apartment on E31st Street in New York City, where her mother took in ironing. Blyth attended St. Patricks School in Manhattan, Blyth performed on childrens radio shows in New York for six years. Her first acting role was on Broadway in Lillian Hellmans Watch on the Rhine and she played the part of Paul Lukass daughter, Babette. The play ran for 378 performances, and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, after the New York run, the play went on tour, and while in Los Angeles, Blyth was offered a contract with Universal Studios. Blyth began her career initially as Anne Blyth, but changed the spelling of her first name back to Ann at the beginning of her film career. She made her debut in 1944, teamed with Donald OConnor in the teen-age musical Chip Off the Old Block. In musical films such as Babes on Swing Street, and Bowery to Broadway, she played the part of the sweet, on loan to Warner Brothers Blyth was cast against type as Veda Pierce, the scheming, ungrateful daughter of Joan Crawford in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce. Her dramatic portrayal won her outstanding reviews and she received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Blyth was only 16 when she made the Michael Curtiz film. After Mildred Pierce, Blyth sustained a broken back while tobogganing in Snow Valley and she played the part of Regina Hubbard in Another Part of the Forest, and achieved success playing a mermaid in Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid. Even though her voice was more like the original Helen Morgan and that soundtrack was much more successful than the film itself. During the late 1950s and 1960s Blyth worked in theater, summer stock. She guest-starred on October 8,1958, on NBC The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, the second season finale of the long-running western Wagon Train, broadcast on June 24,1959, she played the dual role of a mother and daughter. She appeared as Martha in Suspected in December 1959 in the CBS anthology series, Blyth also became the spokesperson for Hostess Cupcakes. Her last television appearances were in episodes of Quincy, M. E. in 1983 and Murder, Blyth has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Boulevard for her contribution to motion pictures. In 1953, Blyth married obstetrician James McNulty, brother of singer Dennis Day, the bridesmaids were actresses Joan Leslie, Jane Withers, and Betty Lynn. After her marriage, Blyth cut back somewhat to focus on raising their five children, Timothy Patrick, Maureen Ann, Kathleen Mary, Terence Grady, and Eileen AlanaAnn Blyth – Blyth in 1952.
11. Andrea Bocelli – Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian classical crossover tenor, recording artist, and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, Bocelli became permanently blind at the age of 12, Bocelli has recorded fifteen solo studio albums, of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 80 million records worldwide. He has had success as a crossover performer bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts, in 1998, Bocelli was named one of Peoples 50 Most Beautiful People. In 1999, Bocelli was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, the Prayer, his duet with Celine Dion for the animated film Quest for Camelot, won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category. Seven of his albums have reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200. The single went on to sell twelve million copies worldwide. Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli, doctors had advised Bocellis parents to abort Bocelli before birth as they predicted, based on studies, that Bocelli would be born with a disability. The Bocellis declined and gave birth to Andrea and it was evident at birth that Bocelli had numerous problems with his sight, and after visits to many doctors, he was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. Bocelli has stated that his mothers decision to give birth to him and overrule the doctors advice was the inspiration for him to hold a pro-life view towards abortion. Bocelli grew up on his familys farm, where they sold farm machinery and made wine in the village of La Sterza. Bocellis mother and younger brother Alberto still live in the family home, as a young boy, Bocelli showed a great passion for music. His mother has said music was the only thing that would comfort him. At the age of 6, Bocelli started piano lessons, and later, also learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar and drums. Then, when his nanny, 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. At the age of 12, Bocelli lost his sight completely following an accident during a football game and he was hit in the eye playing goalkeeper during a match and suffered a brain hemorrhage. Doctors resorted to leeches in an effort to save his sight, but they were unsuccessful. Bocelli also spent time singing during his childhood and he gave his first concert in a small village not far from where he was born. At the age of 14, Bocelli won his first song competition, after finishing secondary school in 1980, he studied law at the University of PisaAndrea Bocelli – Bocelli rehearsing for his Under the Desert Sky concert in Lake Las Vegas, 2006
12. Susan Boyle – Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number-one best-selling album on charts around the globe. Before she had finished the opening phrase, a standing ovation for Boyle had erupted. She received a media and Internet response. Within nine days of the audition, videos of Boyle—from the show, various interviews and she eventually finished in second place on the show behind dance troupe Diversity. Boyles debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, became the UKs best-selling debut album of all time, I Dreamed a Dream set a record for biggest first week sales by a debut album, according to the Official Chart Company in the United Kingdom. Topping the Billboard 200 for six weeks, it was the second best-selling album of 2009 in the US, in her first year of fame, Boyle made £5 million with the release of I Dreamed a Dream and its lead-off singles, I Dreamed a Dream and Wild Horses. Boyle subsequently released her fourth album Standing Ovation, The Greatest Songs from the Stage in 2012, her fifth album Home for Christmas in 2013, on 12 May 2012, Boyle returned to Britains Got Talent to perform as a guest in the final, singing Youll See. The following day, she performed at Windsor Castle for the Queens 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. Boyles net worth was estimated at £22 million in April 2012 and she is known for supporting various charitable causes, and has appeared on the UK charity telethons BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief. As of 2013, she had sold over 19 million albums worldwide, on 21 July 2014, Boyle carried the Queens 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, on 23 July, Boyle performed Mull of Kintyre at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in front of the Queen. Boyle was raised in Blackburn, West Lothian and her father, Patrick Boyle, was a miner and veteran of the Second World War who also worked as a singer at the Bishops Blaize, her mother Bridget was a shorthand typist. Both her parents were born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, but also have links to County Donegal in Ireland. Born when her mother was 45 years old, Boyle was the youngest of four brothers and she was raised thinking that she had been briefly deprived of oxygen during a difficult birth resulting in a learning disability. However, she was told in 2012-13 that she had been misdiagnosed and has Asperger syndrome with an IQ above average, Boyle says she was bullied as a child, and was nicknamed Susie Simple at school. Boyle took singing lessons from vocal coach Fred ONeil and she attended Edinburgh Acting School and took part in the Edinburgh Fringe. She had also auditioned several times for My Kind of People and she also long participated in her parish churchs pilgrimages to the Knock Shrine, County Mayo, Ireland, and sang there at the Marian basilica. Boyles repertoire through the included songs such as The Way We WereSusan Boyle – Susan Boyle in July 2013
13. Grace Bradley – Grace Bradley was an American film actress who was active in Hollywood during the 1930s. Bradley was born in Brooklyn and was an only child, as a child she took piano lessons and by the age of six she gave her first recital. She attended the Eastman School of Music near Rochester, New York by age 12 after winning a scholarship, originally she had wanted to become a professional pianist. While in school she took lessons and played piano. She played the piano, sang and danced, on stage and in nightclubs, on December 22,1930, she made her Broadway debut at New Yorks Hammerstein Theatre in Ballyhoo of 1930. Her next stage appearance came one year later at The Music Box Theatre in The Third Little Show, soon Bradley found herself working in various New York nightclubs and theatres. In MarchAdd 1933, she appeared in Strike Me Pink at the Majestic Theatre and she left the show after deciding to give Hollywood a try. Although she made one film in 1932, her career did not gather steam until she starred in the film Too Much Harmony. She was under contract to Paramount Pictures beginning in 1933, in the 1930s, she became one of the periods most popular musical stars. Her other screen credits include parts in, In May 1937, Bradley agreed to a blind date, the two of them hit it off so well that they married in June 1937. The union was happy but childless, in the 1940s Bradleys star began to wane and in 1943 she starred in her last big role in Taxi, Mister. She did come out of her publicity trips with Boyd to make one film appearance. On September 12,1972, just nine days before her 59th birthday, following his death she retired from the entertainment world, however, since she shared such a strong union with her husband she still continued to do things to help keep Boyds memory alive. She also endured years of fighting for the rights to her late husbands sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy features. With her acting career behind her she devoted her time to work at the Laguna Beach Hospital where her husband had spent his final days. Grace Bradley Boyd died on her 97th birthday, September 21,2010, two days later, private services were held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. She was interred with her there in the Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Sacred Promise. com. Grace Bradley Boyd Tribute, americanmusicpreservation. com, accessed August 7,2015Grace Bradley – Grace Bradley
14. 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. Bryant left the industry in 1955 at the height of her popularity to devote herself to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a decade later, she returned to show business as a trained classical vocalist and later became a vocal coach. Joyce Bryant, the oldest of eight children, was born in Oakland, California and her father worked as a chef for the Southern Pacific Railroad and her mother was a devout Seventh-day Adventist. Bryant, a child raised in a strict home, had ambitions of becoming a sociology teacher. She eloped at the age of 14 but the marriage ended that same evening, in 1946, while visiting cousins in Los Angeles, she agreed on a dare to participate in an impromptu singalong at a local club. After a while, Bryant recounted in a 1955 Jet interview, a few minutes later the club owner offered me $25 to go up on stage, and I took it because I to get home. Her reputation and profile eventually grew to the level that one night, not wanting to be upstaged, Bryant colored her hair silver using radiator paint, and performed wearing a tight silver dress and silver floor-length mink. Bryant recalled when she arrived onstage, I stopped everything, Etta James noted in her 2003 autobiography, Rage to Survive, The Etta James Story, I didnt want to look innocent. I wanted to look like Joyce Bryant, I thought Joyce was gutsy and I copied her style–brazen and independent. Beginning in 1952, Bryant released a series of records for Okeh, including A Shoulder to Weep On, After Youve Gone, two of her most well-known standards, Love for Sale and Drunk with Love, were banned from radio play for their provocative lyrics. Upon the release of Runnin Wild two years later, Jet noted that the song was Bryants first to be passed by CBS and NBC radio censors, Bryant remarked in 1980, what an irony that my biggest hit record was Love for Sale. Banned in Boston it was, and later. just about everywhere else and she was critical of racial billing practices at night clubs and hotels and advocated for entertainers as a group to fight Jim Crow laws. It was a thrill, she said, to see them enter. A Life magazine layout in 1953 depicted Bryant in provocative poses, the following year, Bryant–along with Lena Horne, Hilda Simms, Eartha Kitt, and Dorothy Dandridge–was named in an issue of Ebony one of the five most beautiful black women in the world. Bryant earned up to $3500 a performance in the early 1950s, the silver paint had damaged her hair, she didnt enjoy working on the Sabbath, and she felt uneasy with her image. Religion has always been a part of me, she said, and it was a very sinful thing I was doing – being very sexy, with tight, low cut gowns. Then I overheard my manager say, I dont care what you do, further, Bryant hated the men, often gangsters, who frequented the clubs in which she worked. She was once beaten in her room after rejecting a mans advancesJoyce Bryant – Carl Van Vechten photo portrait of Joyce Bryant, May 28, 1953
15. 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 El Paso, Texas. After taking the stage name Vikki Carr, she signed with Liberty Records in 1962 and her first single to achieve success was Hes a Rebel, which in 1962 reached #5 in Australia and #115 in the United States. Producer Phil Spector heard Carr cutting the song in the studio, in 1966, Carr toured South Vietnam with actor/comedian Danny Kaye to entertain American troops there. The following year her album It Must Be Him was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards, the title track reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in 1967, sold over 1 million copies, and received a gold disc. She had two other songs make the US Top 40, 1968s The Lesson and 1969s With Pen in Hand, around this time, Dean Martin called her the best girl singer in the business. Carr had 10 singles that made the US pop charts and 13 albums that made the US pop-album charts, in 1968 she taped six specials for London Weekend TV. She appeared on television programs, such as ABCs The Bing Crosby Show in the 1964–1965 season. In 1970, she was named Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and she guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1973. Carr married Michael Nilsson, a paint company executive, on August 20,1979 and she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1981. Carr also achieved the feat of singing for five presidents during her career, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush. She also received Grammy nominations for the discs Brindo a La Vida, Al Bolero, A Ti and her numerous Spanish-language hit singles include Total, Discúlpame, Déjame, Hay Otro en Tu Lugar, Esos Hombres, Mala Suerte and Cosas del Amor. The last song spent more than two months at No.1 on the US Latin charts in 1991, her biggest Spanish-language US hit and her Spanish-language albums have been certified gold and platinum in Mexico, Chile, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador. She also voiced Georgette in the Latin American dub of Disneys Oliver, in 1999 she taped a PBS TV special, Vikki Carr, Memories, Memorias, in which she performed popular bilingual tunes from the 1940s and 1950s. Her guests were Pepe Aguilar, Arturo Sandoval, and Jack Jones, in 2001, she released a bilingual holiday album, The Vikki Carr Christmas Album. In 2002, she appeared to acclaim in a Los Angeles production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies, which also featured Hal Linden, Patty Duke. In 2006, Carr made a appearance in a straight-to-video thriller called Puerto Vallarta Squeeze. In 2008, Carr hosted a PBS TV special, Fiesta Mexicana, later that year, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording AcademyVikki Carr – Vikki Carr in 1974.
16. Neko Case – Neko Richelle Case is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her solo career and her contributions as a member of the Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers. Case, born in Alexandria, Virginia, is the daughter of Diana Mary Dubbs, Cases paternal family surname was originally Shevchenko. Her father, a Vietnam vet serving in the United States Air Force was based in Virginia when she was born, Cases parents, who were teenagers when they had her, were of Ukrainian ancestry. Her parents divorced when Case began school, Cases family traveled around while she was young. She has lived in Western Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon and Washington, though she considers Tacoma, at 18 years of age, she worked as a drummer for the Del Logs and the Propanes, playing in venues including a punk club called the Community World Theater. She attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, in 1994, Case moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to attend the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. While attending school she played drums in local bands, including the Del Logs, the Propanes, the Weasels, Cub. All of these bands were local punk groups except for Cub and The Weasels, a lot of women wanted to play music because they were inspired, because it was an incredibly good time for music in the Northwest. There was a lot of clubs, a lot of bands, a lot of coming through. In 1998, Case graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and she left Canada for Seattle, Washington. Before leaving, Case recorded vocals for a few songs that ended up on Mass Romantic and her lead vocals on songs like Letter from an Occupant are straightforward, full-volume power-pop performances, entirely shedding any country elements. Released on November 28,2000, Mass Romantic became a surprise success, Case fully embraced country music on her 1997 album, The Virginian. The album contained original compositions as well as covers of songs by Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, when the album was released, critics compared Case to honky-tonk singers like Lynn and Patsy Cline, and to rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson, particularly in her vocal timbre. On February 22,2000, Case released her solo album. The album introduced the country elements that have defined Cases subsequent solo career. That tone was evident even from the photo, featuring Case sprawled out corpse-like on a concrete floor. On the album itself, her vocal style moves away from outright honky-tonk but retains her twang, garnering comparisons to such as Cline, Lynn, Hazel Dickens, Tanya Tucker. The title track was included on the soundtrack to Sam Raimis film The Gift, Case sometimes tours with Canadian singer and songwriter Carolyn Mark as The Corn SistersNeko Case – Case performs at the 2012 Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky.
17. Jennifer Charles – Jennifer Charles is an American singer, musician, composer, and poet. Along with Oren Bloedow, she co-founded the New York band Elysian Fields, Jennifer Charles was born in Washington, D. C. While Charles was growing up, her mother was a singer in Washington D. C. clubs. At the age of 14 she began her theatre career, appearing in plays and experimental theater productions at places like The Studio. In 1987, she moved to New York to continue her theatre and academic studies, upon graduating she appeared in various off-broadway theater, had a stint singing in a dive piano bar and curated a performance/poetry series at the original Knitting Factory. She has also curated at Tonic, DJed in Paris, Elysian Fields was founded in 1995 and have released five full-length records. They have also contributed to many compilation CDs, including the first song on John Zorns Serge Gainsbourg tribute album and this song, their rendition of Les Amours Perdues, also appeared in Lea Pools film Emporte Moi. Besides Elysian Fields, Charles has other projects and she and Bloedow recorded La Mar Enfortuna for Zorns Tzadik label, featuring renditions of Sephardic and Ladino songs. She has studied classical Indian singing with teacher Gulamji, in late 2007, she and Bloedow put out a second Tzadik full-length, under the band name La Mar Enfortuna, called Conviviencia. Charles sings in five languages on the record, including Ladino, Spanish, Aramaic, Arabic, Charles also makes up a quarter of the band Lovage, along with Dan the Automator, Mike Patton and Kid Koala. The band recorded its album titled Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By in 2001. Charles co-wrote and sang most of the material on the album and she had a guest spot on ex-Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrennas solo project Tweaker. She sang and co-composed the track Crude Sunlight, which appeared on the 2004 album 2 a. m, Charles co-composed music with Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heill for the film Tangled. Elysian Fields version of Bob Dylans Tangled up in Blue can be heard in the films credits and she produced the latest Oren Bloedow solo record She Goes With me to a Blossom World, which came out in 2008. In 2011 and 2012, Charles has been touring her latest Elysian Fields effort and we Need The Wood for the Fire, Jetset 1996 Elysian Fields – Bleed Your Cedar, Radioactive 1996 Elysian Fields – Elysian Fields EP, Radioactive. 1992 Oren Bloedow – Knitting Factory Works Elysian Fields Website Jennifer Charles interviewed on Jekyll and Hyde, 106FM Jerusalem 2010Jennifer Charles – Jennifer Charles
18. 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 and she pursued a solo career from 1954 and is best known for her debut album Something Cool. After her death, she was hailed as one of the finest and most neglected singers of her time, shirley Luster was born in Springfield, Illinois. She moved with her parents Steve and Marie Luster to Decatur, Illinois and she began to sing with the Decatur-based Bill Oetzel Orchestra at thirteen. While attending Decatur High School she appeared with Oetzel and his society band, the Ben Bradley Band, after high school she moved to Chicago, changed her name to Sharon Leslie, and sang with a group led by Boyd Raeburn. Later she joined Benny Strongs band, in 1944, Strongs band moved to New York City at the same time Christy was quarantined in Chicago with scarlet fever. In 1945, after hearing that Anita ODay had left Stan Kentons Orchestra, during this time, she changed her name once again, becoming June Christy. Her voice produced successful hits such as Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy, the million-selling Tampico in 1945, when the Kenton Band temporarily disbanded in 1948, she sang in nightclubs for a short time, and reunited with the band two years later. Christy appeared as guest vocalist on Kentons albums Artistry in Rhythm, Encores, Innovations in Modern Music and Stan Kenton Presents, Stan Kenton Classics, beginning on September 28,1959, Christy began a five-week road tour of 38 performances called Road Show. The all-star billing, Stan Kenton and his orchestra, June Christy, capitol recorded highlights on October 10 at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, for a two-disc LP, reissued in 1988 on CD. From 1947, she started to work on her own records, Something Cool was re-released as a 12 LP in 1955 with additional selections, and then entirely rerecorded in stereo in 1960 with a somewhat different personnel. Christy would later say that the album was the only thing Ive recorded that Im not unhappy with. Something Cool was also important in launching the vocal cool movement of the 1950s and she also appeared on the first sponsored jazz concert on television, The Timex All-Star Jazz Show I, which also featured Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae, Duke Ellington and Gene Krupa. Christy embarked on dozens of concert tours, playing in Europe, South Africa, Australia and she toured to such an extent that eventually it began taking a toll on her marriage. She began to back from touring in the early 1960s. Her greatest moments—the heartbreaking Something Cool itself, Midnight Sun, I Should Care—are as close to creating definitive interpretations as any singer can come, Christy was married to Bob Cooper. In 1954, she gave birth to a daughter, Shay Christy Cooper and she had one brother Jack A. Luster. Christy semi-retired from the business in 1969, in part due to her battle with alcoholismJune Christy – June Christy at the Club Troubador, New York, ca. 1947
19. Patsy Cline – Patsy Cline was an American country music singer. Part of the late 1950s/early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully crossed over to pop music and was one of the most influential, successful and she died at the age of 30 in a multiple-fatality crash of the private plane of her manager, Randy Hughes. Cline was known for her tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice. Along with Kitty Wells, she helped pave the way for women as performers in the genre. Books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays document her life, millions of her records have sold since her death. She won awards and accolades, causing many to view her as an icon at the level of Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, in 1973, ten years after her death, she became the first female solo artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1999, she was voted number 11 on VH1s special, The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll, by members, 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 Winchester, Virginia and she was the eldest child of seamstress Hilda Virginia and blacksmith Samuel Lawrence Hensley. She soon had a brother and sister, Samuel Jr. They were known in the family as Ginny, John, the family moved often before finally settling in Winchester, Virginia, when Patsy was eight. Sam Hensley deserted his family in 1947, but the home was reportedly happy nonetheless. Cline was introduced to music at an age, singing in church with her mother. She liked stars such as Kay Starr, Jo Stafford, Hank Williams, Judy Garland, self-taught, she could not read music. When Patsy was thirteen, she was hospitalized with a throat infection, the fever affected my throat and when I recovered I had this booming voice like Kate Smith. After watching performers through the window at the radio station, she asked WINC disc jockey. Her performance in 1947 was well received, and she was asked back and this led to appearances at local nightclubs, wearing fringed Western outfits her mother made from Patsys designs. Cline performed in variety and talent shows in the Winchester and Tri-State areas, along with this and increasing local radio appearances on local radio, she gained a large following. In 1954 Jimmy Dean, already a young star, heard of herPatsy Cline – Patsy Cline at 4 Star Records in March 1957
20. Rosemary Clooney – Rosemary Clooney was an American singer and actress. She also had success as a jazz vocalist and she continued recording until her death in 2002. Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky, the daughter of Marie Frances and she was one of five children. Her father was of Irish and German descent and her mother was of Irish and English ancestry, when Clooney was 15, her mother and brother Nick moved to California. She and her sister Betty remained with their father, the family resided in the John Brett Richeson House in the late 1940s. Rosemary and Betty became entertainers, whereas Nick became a newsman, in 1945, the Clooney sisters won a spot on Cincinnati, Ohios radio station WLW as singers. Her sister Betty sang in a duo with Rosemary for much of the early career. Clooneys first recordings, in May 1946, were for Columbia Records and she sang with Tony Pastors big band. Clooney continued working with the Pastor band until 1949, making her last recording with the band in May of that year and her first as a solo artist a month later, in 1950–51 she was a regular on the radio and television versions of Songs For Sale on CBS. In 1951, her record of Come On-a My House, produced by Mitch Miller and it was her first of many singles to hit the charts—despite the fact that Clooney hated the song passionately. She had been told by Columbia Records to record the song, Clooney recorded several duets with Marlene Dietrich and appeared in the early 1950s on Faye Emersons Wonderful Town series on CBS. Clooney also did several guest appearances on the Arthur Godfrey radio show and they did duets as he played his ukulele, and other times she would sing one of her latest hits. In 1954, she starred, along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and she starred, in 1956, in a half-hour syndicated television musical-variety show The Rosemary Clooney Show. The show featured The Hi-Los singing group and Nelson Riddles orchestra, the following year, the show moved to NBC prime time as The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney but only lasted one season. The new show featured the singing group The Modernaires and Frank DeVols orchestra, in later years, Clooney would often appear with Bing Crosby on television, such as in the 1957 special The Edsel Show, and the two friends made a concert tour of Ireland together. On November 21,1957, she appeared on NBCs The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, in 1960, Clooney and Crosby co-starred in a 20-minute CBS radio program aired before the midday news each weekday. Clooney left Columbia Records in 1958, doing a number of recordings for MGM Records, finally, toward the end of 1958, she signed with RCA Victor Records, where she stayed until 1963. In 1964, she went to Reprise Records, and in 1965 to Dot Records, upon her recovery from a nervous breakdown in 1968, Clooney signed with United Artists Records in 1976 for two albumsRosemary Clooney – Clooney in 1954
21. Joyce Cobb – Joyce Cobb is an American singer specializing in jazz and R&B. She is closely associated with blues and jazz artists, most specifically being in the style and lineage of Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday. Joyce Cobb was born on June 2,1945 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, in 1955 her family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, when her father was hired at Tennessee State University as the head of the Health and physical education department. Her parents owned a record collection of music that was influential on her at a young age. Her first vocal training during that time was at Cathedral of the Incarnation, during grade and high school this mainly consisted of singing requiems and she sang in the girls glee club and choir during that time also, Cobb had 14 years of private piano training. From 1963 to 1967 she attended Central State University and acquired a degree in Social Welfare. Her professional music career started in Dayton, Ohio singing with different blues, while pursuing a masters degree at Wright State University in social work by day, she was singing in clubs at night. She was offered a gig singing in duo with Bill Temme for Ramada Inn hotels. Between 1969 and 1971 Cobb was on Ramada Inns Midwest circuit for entertainment, performing in duo under the title Joyce and William Duo both singing and playing guitars. After two and a half working for the Ramada hotel chain she returned to Nashville in 1971 and worked in a variety of musical genres appearing at Opryland, on radio. She was one of the first acts at Opryland USA in 1972 and was voted Best Performer in 1974 and she became a regular fixture on WSM-AM radios The Waking Crew with Ralph Emery, in addition to the Ralph Emery Show on NBC affiliate WSMV-TV, broadcasting out of Nashville. She also was a regular guest on Teddy Barts The Noon Show and this first country music single was to launch her career, it was the last time she would record in that genre. Due to her success in country music with a promising hit single, in 1976 she was signed with Stax Records. Unfortunately the label was in decline at this time and 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, Cream produced a different set of artists than Cobb started with in Nashville, they had a solid reputation making soul, R&B, and disco recordings. With Cream, she first recorded a Top 40 hit single in 1979 with her original tune Dig The Gold and it was distributed in North America under for the Cream label and sold in Europe under the Polydor label. The single showed her versatility as both a performer and writer, a reggae style song that was put to a funk/disco beat, Dig The Gold charted to #42 for Billboard and #10 for Cashbox giving her a first real success as an internationally recognized pop artist. With her reputation growing as a pop singer and writer who could handle a variety of stylesJoyce Cobb – Joyce Cobb, 2007
22. Holly Cole – Cole was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her father, Leon Cole, was a 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 bassist David Piltch and pianist Aaron Davis. Offered a record deal in 1989, the Holly Cole Trio released an EP, Christmas Blues, that year, which featured a version of The Pretenders 2,000 Miles and this was followed by their first full album, Girl Talk, in 1990. A succession of releases followed through the early 1990s, also recorded in this period was a reinterpretation of Elvis Costellos Alison. In 1993, the trio released Dont Smoke In Bed, an album produced by David Was, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia, The video for the song was put into heavy rotation on MuchMusic and earned a Juno Award nomination for Best Video. The album went platinum in Canada, reached No.7 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart, in this era, she also had an acting role in Laurie Lynds short film The Fairy Who Didnt Want to Be a Fairy Anymore. Following Dont Smoke In Bed, the released a CD entirely of songs by Tom Waits. This 1995 release also dropped the Trio from the label, Cole followed with two albums, Dark Dear Heart and Romantically Helpless, which veered further from jazz by introducing pop elements to Coles sound. In 2001, she returned to the Christmas jazz roots of her first CD with Baby Its Cold Outside, which included Christmas Time is Here, Santa Baby, and the title track. Swapping cold for hot, she moved to a theme in 2003s Shade, this time reinterpreting Cole Porter, Irving Berlin. Coles album, Holly Cole was released in Canada in March 2007 and it was released in the US in January 2008 and was followed by a US tour. Cole tours frequently, particularly around the season, in Canada. She was also a part of the 1998 Lilith Fair tour, in 2010, Holly contributed a track for the World Jazz For Haiti charity album, recorded at Number 9 Audio Group in support of the Red Cross disaster relief fund. The album featured Canadian artists such as John McDermott, David Clayton-Thomas, Holly Coles first ever live DVD + CD titled Steal The Night, Live At The Glenn Gould Studio was released in Canada in February 2012. It was recorded live at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on August 11,2011, the performance marks the reformation of the original Holly Cole Trio lineup with Aaron Davis on piano and bassist David Piltch, in addition to John Johnson, Rob Piltch and Davide DiRenzo. Holly Coles new studio album Night was released in late 2012 on Universal Music Canada and it is her first studio album in over 5 years. The album, produced by Holly Cole and Greg Cohen, covers songs from Tom Waits, Gordon Lightfoot, Mort Shuman, Captain Beefheart, a James Bond theme by John Barry, and a Holly Cole originalHolly Cole – Holly Cole
23. Chris Connor – Chris Connor was an American jazz singer. She was born as Mary Jean Loutsenhizer in Kansas City, Missouri, to Clyde Loutsenhizer and she became proficient on the clarinet, having studied for eight years throughout junior high and high school. Following the death of her mother Mabel in 1941, her father and she moved in with her married older sister, who took over the responsibility of raising her. She first sang publicly in 1945, at the Jefferson City Junior Colleges graduation and she performed the song Amor and it was well received. After the positive response she received from the audience, she decided to pursue a singing career full-time, initially, she stayed within the parameters of the Kansas City area, working during the day as a stenographer and singing on weekends. Her first professional job was with the University of Missouri college band playing various functions in the Columbia area and she moved between local bands 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 seven weeks trying to secure any kind of singing job. Those weeks were quite difficult for Connor, as she was kicked out of the hotel where she was staying, and she met a man acquainted with orchestra leader Claude Thornhills road manager, Joe Green. Thornhill was seeking a new singer to round out his vocal group and she successfully auditioned and joined Thornhills group, touring around the United States and recording harmonies in the studio. Of her time spent with the Snowflakes, there is evidence of her vocal contribution on two recorded songs, Theres a Small Hotel and I Dont Know Why, both performed in 1949. She also reunited with Claude Thornhill in October 1952 for a radio broadcast from the Statler Hotel in New York City and she sang four songs, Wish You Were Here, Come Rain or Come Shine, Sorta Kinda, and Who Are We to Say. In February 1953, when Connor was singing on a radio broadcast from the Roosevelt Hotel, June Christy, was listening to the radio. By 1952, Kenton had rotated several female singers as replacements, in late 1952, Christy returned to the Kenton band for some sporadic engagements. When she informed Kenton again of her departure to pursue a solo career, she remembered Chris Connor. Connor auditioned and began touring and recording for the Stan Kenton band in February 1953, on February 11,1953, Connor recorded her first sides with the Stan Kenton band. Her first song, And The Bull Walked Around, Ole, additional songs Connor sang on the road were Taking A Chance On Love, Dont Worry About Me, Ill Remember April and There Will Never Be Another You. On her live dates with the band, Thornhill often introduced her as Chris Connors, by June 1953, Connor found the constant traveling and vocal demands of nightly performances exhaustingChris Connor – Connor in 1957.
24. 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 sales, radio ratings. His early career coincided with technical recording innovations such as the microphone and this allowed him to develop a laid-back, intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin. Also in 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music, in 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of only 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures, radio, Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. In addition to his work with early tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, Crosby died at the age of 74 on October 14,1977, from a sudden heart attack in Alcobendas, Spain. Crosby was born on May 2,1903 in Tacoma, Washington, in 1906, Crosbys family moved to Spokane, and in 1913, Crosbys father built a house at 508 E. Sharp Avenue. The house now sits on the campus of Crosbys alma mater Gonzaga University and he was the fourth of seven children, brothers Larry, Everett, Ted, and Bob, and two sisters, Catherine and Mary Rose. His parents were Harry Lowe Crosby, Sr. a bookkeeper, Crosbys mother was a second generation Irish-American. In 1910, seven-year-old Harry Crosby Jr. was forever renamed, the Sunday edition of the Spokesman-Review published a feature called The Bingville Bugle. Written by humorist Newton Newkirk, The Bingville Bugle was a parody of a hillbilly newsletter filled with gossipy tidbits, minstrel quips, creative spelling, and mock ads. A neighbor, 15-year-old Valentine Hobart, shared Crosbys enthusiasm for The Bugle, and noting Crosbys laugh, took a liking to him, eventually, the last vowel was dropped and the nickname stuck. Crosby later described Jolsons delivery as electric, Crosby graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1920 and enrolled at Gonzaga University. He attended Gonzaga for three years, but did not earn a bachelors degree, as a freshman, he played on the universitys baseball team. The university granted him a doctorate in 1937. In 1923, Crosby was invited to join a new band composed of school students a few years younger than himself. Al Rinker, Miles Rinker, James Heaton, Claire Pritchard and Robert Pritchard, along with drummer Crosby, formed the Musicaladers, the group performed on Spokane radio station KHQ, but disbanded after two yearsBing Crosby – Bing Crosby, c. 1930s
25. Denise Darcel – Denise Darcel was a French actress who also made films in Hollywood. Born as Denise Billecard in Paris, she was one of five daughters of a French baker, and she was college educated, studying at the University of Dijon. According to a friend, whom she met in Paris during World War II, she was a passenger in an L-5 Stinson light observation aircraft on VJ Day to see the celebration from the air. The pilot, James Helinger Sr. a US Army Air Corps glider pilot was at the controls, while they flew under several bridges along the Seine and finally, under the Eiffel Tower, with the crowds below. A winner of the title The Most Beautiful Girl in France, Denise came to the United States in 1947 and became an American citizen in 1952. In 1952, she is named Miss Welder of 1952 by the National Eutectic Welders Club on 15 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. Mr. Wasserman hoped that her photograph would inspire women throughout the nation to join the ranks of the labor force, Darcels debut on the legitimate stage came in 1950, when she appeared in Pardon Our French, premiering 5 October at the Broadway Theatre. In 1950, Darcel had a Vaudeville act, which was panned by at least one reviewer, about Darcels performance 5 May 1950, at the Strand in New York, the Billboard review said, Denise Darcel showed her well-stacked chassis. But her heavily accented English sounded like so much gibberish, it got laughs instead of attention and her singing is inadequate, her over-use of hands and arms is clumsy and she shows herself completely at a loss in handling hecklers. Her first film appearance of note was in Battleground and she made quite an impression in Tarzan and the Slave Girl opposite Lex Barker, then co-starred with Robert Taylor in Westward the Women and Glenn Ford in Young Man with Ideas. In 1953, she was seen in the swimming musical Dangerous When Wet and her most important film was Vera Cruz where she played the female lead opposite Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster. Her last film was Seven Women from Hell, Darcel appeared on various TV shows 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 prize of a mink coat. A review in Billboard described her as Gallic to the point of unintelligibility, also in 1954, Colonel Productions produced a pilot of Chez Denise, a 30-minute comedy-intrigue program starring Darcel, which apparently did not sell. After her film and television began to wane, Darcel, aged 41, became an ecdysiast, appearing in West Coast theatres in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Oakland. She retired from stripping after a few years and returned to the cabaret circuit, in 1991, she was cast as Solange La Fitte in the Los Angeles 20th anniversary revival of the musical Follies, produced by the Long Beach Civic Light Opera. She would later repeat the role of Solange in 1995 for revivals in Houston, Darcels first husband, William Shaw, was an American Army captain whom she married in 1947Denise Darcel – Denise Darcel
26. Doris Day – Doris Day is a retired American actress and singer, and continuing animal welfare activist. After she began her career as a big band singer in 1939, her popularity increased with her first hit recording Sentimental Journey, in 1948, Day was given a key part in the film Romance on the High Seas, despite not having any acting experience. Its director, Michael Curtiz, gave her the part since she looked like the All-American Girl and it led to a 20-year career in film, including a string of musicals and romantic comedies beginning in the 1950s. She starred with leading men such as Clark Gable in Teachers Pet, Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk and Send Me No Flowers, Cary Grant in That Touch of Mink and she was usually one of the top 10 singers between 1951 and 1966. As an actress, she became the biggest female star in the early 1960s. In 2011 – well into her late 80s – she released her 29th studio album, My Heart, among her awards, Day has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. She has been Oscar nominated six times, and in 1989 was given the Cecil B, deMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom followed in 2011 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Associations Career Achievement Award. Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff was born on April 3,1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Alma Sophia, a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, All of her grandparents were German immigrants. The youngest of three siblings, she had two brothers, Richard and Paul, several years older. Due to her fathers alleged infidelity, her parents separated and she developed an early interest in dance, and in the mid-1930s formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty that performed locally in Cincinnati. A car accident on October 13,1937, injured her legs, while recovering, Day started to sing along with the radio and discovered a talent she did not know she had. But the one radio voice I listened to above others belonged to Ella Fitzgerald. There was a quality to her voice that fascinated me, and Id sing along with her, trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, observing her daughter rekindled Almas interest in show business, and she decided to give Doris singing lessons. She engaged a teacher, Grace Raine, after three lessons, Raine told Alma that young Doris had tremendous potential, which led Alma to give her daughter three lessons a week for the price of one. Years later, Day said that Raine had the biggest effect on her singing style, during her radio performances, Day first caught the attention of Barney Rapp, who was looking for a girl vocalist and asked if Day would like to audition for the job. According to Rapp, he had auditioned about 200 singers when Day got the job, while working for Rapp in 1939, she adopted the stage surname Day, at Rapps suggestion. Rapp felt that Kappelhoff was too long for marquees, and he admired her rendition of the song Day After Day, after working with Rapp, Day worked with bandleaders Jimmy James, Bob Crosby, and Les BrownDoris Day – Publicity photo, 1957
27. Lana Del Rey – Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer, songwriter, and model. Her music has been noted for its style, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance and melancholia. Del Rey received further recognition after her major-label debut Born to Die peaked at two on the United States charts and was the fifth best-selling album of 2012. Three of the EPs tracks were featured in her short film Tropico, in 2014, Del Rey released her third studio album, Ultraviolence, which received positive critical and commercial reception, it became her first number-one record in the United States. In 2015, following a North American tour with Courtney Love and Grimes, Del Rey released her studio album. It also received critical and commercial response, the album had the fourth highest first week sales by a female artist in 2015. Del Rey is set to release her studio album, titled Lust for Life. She has one sister, Caroline Grant, and one brother. Her paternal grandfather, Robert England Grant, Sr. was a Kidder, Peabody & Co. investment banker, a president for Plough, Inc and Textron. Del Rey grew up in rural Lake Placid, New York, and attended a Catholic elementary school and for one year and she began singing in her church choir when she was a child, where she was the cantor. At age fifteen, she was sent to Kent School by her parents to deal with her rampant alcohol abuse, her uncle, before becoming a singer, Del Rey wanted to be a poet. As a child, her father wrote country songs for personal enjoyment, while her mother was interested in singing, during this time, Del Reys uncle taught her how to play guitar, and she realized could probably write a million songs with those six chords. Shortly after, she began writing songs and performing in nightclubs around the city under various names such as Sparkle Jump Rope Queen and Lizzy Grant, I was always singing, but didnt plan on pursuing it seriously, Del Rey said. The following fall, she 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, according to Del Rey, she had trouble making friends in boarding school and college, and said, that was when my musical experience began. I kind of people for myself. After college, she moved to Brooklyn, where she resided for four years. On April 25,2005, a compact disc was registered under Elizabeth Woolridge Grant with the United States Copyright OfficeLana Del Rey – Del Rey performing during the Planeta Terra Music Festival in Brazil, 2013
28. Vaughn De Leath – Vaughn De Leath was an American female singer who gained popularity in the 1920s, earning the sobriquets The Original Radio Girl and the First Lady of Radio. 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 Mount Pulaski, Illinois in 1894, her parents were George, at age 12, Leonore relocated to Los Angeles with her mother and sister, where she finished high school and studied music. While at Mills College, she began writing songs, but dropped out to pursue a singing career and 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 jazz vocal style of the late 1910s and early 1920s. In January 1920, inventor and radio pioneer Lee DeForest brought her to the studio of his station, 2XG, located in New York Citys Worlds Tower. Although not, as is stated, the first broadcast of live singing, she established herself as a skilled radio performer. Her voice and her cordial, 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. By 1921, in the years of commercial radio, De Leath began singing at WJZ, in Newark. She also performed on the New York stage in the early to mid-1920s, but radio became her primary medium and her recording career began in 1921. Over the next decade she recorded for a number of labels, including Edison, Columbia, Okeh, Gennett, Victor and she occasionally recorded for major label subsidiaries under various pseudonyms. These included Gloria Geer, Mamie Lee, Sadie Green, Betty Brown, Nancy Foster, Marion Ross, Glory Clark, Angelina Marco, and Gertrude Dwyer. De Leath had a versatile range of styles, and as material required could adapt as a serious balladeer, playful girl, vampish coquette. De Leath also recorded songs for silent films, and composed songs, such as Oliver Twist, written by the singer herself and she demonstrated a high level of instrumental ability on the ukulele, and occasionally accompanied herself on recordings. In performance she played banjo, guitar, and piano and she also recorded ukulele instruction records on YouTube. In 1923, she one of the first women to manage a radio station, WDT in New York City. In 1928, she appeared on a television broadcastVaughn De Leath – Vaughn De Leath in the 1920s
29. 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 from the 1910s to the 1980s, in the 1920s in Berlin, Dietrich acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel brought her international fame, Dietrich starred in Hollywood films such as Morocco, Shanghai Express, and Desire. She successfully traded on her glamorous persona and exotic looks, throughout World War II, she was a high-profile entertainer in the United States. Although she still made occasional films after the war, Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a marquee live-show performer. Dietrich was noted for her efforts during the war, housing German and French exiles, providing financial support. For her work on improving morale on the front lines during the war, she received honors from the United States, France, Belgium. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema, Dietrich was born on 27 December 1901 on Leberstraße 65 in the neighborhood of Rote Insel in Schöneberg, now a district of Berlin. She was the younger of two daughters of Wilhelmina Elisabeth Josephine and Louis Erich Otto Dietrich, who married in December 1898, Dietrichs mother was from an affluent Berlin family who owned a jewelry and clock making firm. Her father was a lieutenant who died in 1907. Von Losch never officially adopted the Dietrich girls, so Dietrichs surname was never von Losch, Dietrichs family nicknamed her Lena and Lene. Around age 11, she contracted her two first names to form the name Marlene, Dietrich attended the Auguste-Viktoria Girls School from 1907 to 1917 and graduated from the Victoria-Luise-Schule in 1918. She studied the violin and became interested in theater and poetry as a teenager. Her dreams of becoming a concert violinist were curtailed by a wrist injury and she was fired after only four weeks. Her earliest professional stage appearances were as a girl on tour with Guido Thielschers Girl-Kabarett vaudeville-style entertainments. She did not attract any attention at first. She made her film debut playing a bit part in the film The Little Napoleon and she met her future husband, Rudolf Sieber, on the set of Tragödie der Liebe in 1923. Dietrich and Sieber were married in a ceremony in Berlin on 17 May 1923Marlene Dietrich – Dietrich in her breakthrough role, Lola-Lola in Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)
30. Ruth Etting – Ruth Etting was an American singing star and actress of the 1920s and 1930s, who had over 60 hit recordings and worked in stage, radio, and film. Known as Americas sweetheart of song, her signature tunes were Shine On, Harvest Moon, Ten Cents a Dance and her other 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 drew, at sixteen, her grandparents decided to send her to art school in Chicago. While Etting attended class, she found a job at the Marigold Gardens nightclub, after a time there. Etting, who enjoyed singing in school and church, never took voice lessons and she quickly became a featured vocalist at the club. Etting was then managed by Moe Snyder, whom she married in 1922, Snyder made arrangements for Ettings recording and film contracts as well as her personal and radio appearances. She became nationally known when she appeared in Flo Ziegfelds Follies of 1927, Etting intended to retire from performing in 1935, but this did not happen until after her divorce from Snyder in 1937. Harry Myrl Alderman, Ettings pianist, was separated from his wife when he, Snyder did not like seeing his former wife in the company of other men and began making telephone threats to Etting in January 1938. By October, Snyder traveled to Los Angeles and detained Alderman after he left a local radio station, saying he intended to kill Etting, Alderman, and his own daughter, Edith, who worked for Etting, Snyder shot Alderman. Three days after Alderman was shot, his wife filed suit against Etting for alienation of affections, while Alderman and Etting claimed to have been married in Mexico in July 1938, Aldermans divorce would not be final until December of that year. The couple was married during Moe Snyders trial for attempted murder in December 1938, Etting and Alderman relocated to a farm outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they were primarily out of the spotlight for most of their lives. Her fictionalized story was told in the 1955 film Love Me Or Leave Me with Doris Day as Ruth Etting, Etting was born in David City, Nebraska in 1897 to Alfred, a banker, and Winifred Etting. Her mother died when she was five years old and she went to live with her paternal grandparents, George. Her father remarried and moved away from David City and was no longer a part of his daughters life. Ettings grandfather, George, owned the Etting Roller Mills, to the delight of his granddaughter, George Etting allowed traveling circuses, Etting was interested in drawing at an early age, she drew and sketched anywhere she was able. Her grandparents were asked to buy the textbooks she had used at the end of a school term because Etting had filled them with her drawings and she left David City at the age of sixteen to attend art school in Chicago. Etting got a job designing costumes at the Marigold Gardens nightclub and she gave up art school soon after going to work at Marigold Gardens. Before turning exclusively to performing, Etting worked as a designer for the owner of a shop in Chicagos LoopRuth Etting – Etting in 1937
31. Giusy Ferreri – Giusy Ferreri is an Italian singer-songwriter. In 2008, Ferreri took part at the first Italian edition of the talent show X Factor, worldwide she has sold over 1,810,000 copies to date. The single held the one position of the Italian singles chart for an impressive fifteen consecutive weeks. The album debuted at the top spot of the Italian album chart and it went on to be certified 4x platinum denoting over 314,000 copies shipped. She is considered to be the Italian version of Linda Perry, in October 2008, the song Novembre, the first single from Ferreris official debut album Gaetana, was released. The tune debuted at one in Italy and held the top for eight weeks so far. The album was released on 14 November 2008 and it debuted at number one on the iTunes Italy chart and subsequently peaked at #2 on the Italian FIMI albums chart, selling over 80,000 copies in its first week of release. The album sold so far over 706,000 copies in Italy, the second single from the album, Stai fermo lì, was announced on 8 January 2009 and was released in Italy on 16 January 2009. The third single off the album was La Scala, originally written by Linda Perry, the song peaking at #27 on the FIMI singles chart and at #49 on the Greece Singles Chart. On 20 November 2009 her second album was released across Europe. The first single is a cover of Ma il cielo è sempre più blu by Rino Gaetano, on 16 February 2011 her third studio album was released across Europe, debuting at #13 and peaked at #11 on the Italian FIMI albums chart and #98 on the Swiss Album chart. The first single is Il mare immenso released on the same day. The first single taken from her studio album debuted at #8. Il mare immenso stayed for three months into the top fifty of the FIMI Singles Charts, non ti scordar mai di me ITA #1 Gaetana ITA #2 Fotografie ITA #10 Il mio universo ITA #11 Lattesa ITA #4 Hits ITA #16 Girotondo ITA #11 Official SiteGiusy Ferreri – Giusy Ferreri
32. 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 for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, Fitzgeralds rendition of the nursery rhyme A-Tisket, A-Tasket helped boost both her and Webb to national fame. Taking over the band after Webb died, Fitzgerald left it behind in 1942 to start a career that would last effectively the rest of her life. With Verve she recorded some of her more noted works. These partnerships produced recognizable songs like Dream a Little Dream of Me, Cheek to Cheek, Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall, in 1993, Fitzgerald capped off her sixty-year career with her last public performance. Three years later, she died at the age of 79, Fitzgerald was born on April 25,1917, in Newport News, Virginia, the daughter of William Fitzgerald and Temperance Tempie Fitzgerald. Her parents were unmarried but lived together for at least two and a years after she was born. Initially living in a room, her mother and Da Silva soon found jobs. Her half-sister, Frances Da Silva, was born in 1923, by 1925, Fitzgerald and her family had moved to nearby School Street, then a predominantly poor Italian area. She began her education at the age of six and proved to be an outstanding student. Fitzgerald had been passionate about dancing from third grade, being a fan of Earl Snakehips Tucker in particular, Fitzgerald and her family were Methodists and were active in the Bethany African Methodist Episcopal Church, and she regularly attended worship services, Bible study, and Sunday school. The church provided Fitzgerald with her earliest experiences in music making. During this period Fitzgerald listened to recordings by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby. Fitzgerald idolized the Boswell Sisters lead singer Connee Boswell, later saying, My mother brought home one of her records, in 1932, her mother died from serious injuries she received in a car accident when Fitzgerald was 15 years of age. This left her at first in the care of her stepfather but before the end of April 1933, following these traumas, Fitzgerald began skipping school and letting her grades suffer. During this period she worked at times as a lookout at a bordello, Ella Fitzgerald never talked publicly about this time in her life. When the authorities caught up with her, she was first placed in the Colored Orphan Asylum in Riverdale, in the Bronx. However, when the orphanage proved too crowded, she was moved to the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson, New York, eventually she escaped and for a time she was homelessElla Fitzgerald – Fitzgerald in November 1946
33. Judy Garland – Judy Garland was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. Garland began performing in vaudeville with her two sisters and was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. She made more than two films with MGM, including nine with Mickey Rooney. Garlands most famous role was as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and her other roles at MGM included Meet Me in St. Louis, The Harvey Girls and Easter Parade. After 15 years, she was released from the studio and made record-breaking concert appearances, a recording career. Film appearances became fewer in her years, but included two Academy Award nominated performances in A Star Is Born and Judgment at Nuremberg. Garland received a Golden Globe Award, a Juvenile Academy Award, and a Special Tony Award, deMille Award for lifetime achievement in the film industry. She was the first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year for her recording of Judy at Carnegie Hall. In 1997, Garland 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 classic American cinema, from an early age, Garland struggled in her personal life. The pressures of adolescent stardom sent her to a psychiatrist at age 18 and her self-image was influenced by film executives who said she was unattractive and manipulated her on-screen physical appearance. She was plagued by instability, often owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. She married five times, with her first four marriages ending in divorce and she also had a long battle with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death from a barbiturate overdose at the age of 47. Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10,1922, in Grand Rapids and she was the youngest child of Ethel Marion and Francis Avent Frank Gumm. Her parents were vaudevillians who settled in Grand Rapids to run a theater that featured vaudeville acts. She was of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, named after both of her parents and baptized at a local Episcopal church, baby shared her familys flair for song and dance. The Gumm Sisters performed there for the few years, accompanied by their mother on piano. The family relocated to Lancaster, California, in June 1926, Frank purchased and operated another theater in Lancaster, and Ethel began managing her daughters and working to get them into motion picturesJudy Garland – Garland's birthplace in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, now a museum
34. 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 married in 1922 and divorced in 1924, harlan would later direct the anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda 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 as a cabaret singer throughout the 1920s as well as acting in films. By 1933 however, when the Nazi Party came to power in Germany, blacklisted from performing in Aryan films, Gerson began recording music for a small Jewish record company. She also began recording in the Yiddish language during this time and she had married a second time to Max Sluizer. On 10 May 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands and the Jews there were subject to the same anti-Semitic laws, after several years of living under oppressive Nazi occupation, the Gerson family began to plan to escape. In 1942, Gerson and her family were seized trying to flee to Switzerland, the family were sent by railroad car to transit camp Westerbork bound for the Nazi camp of Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland. Dora, along with her husband and 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
35. Beth Gibbons – Beth Gibbons is an English singer and songwriter. She is the singer and lyricist for the English band Portishead, Gibbons was born in Exeter, Devon, and 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 contralto range, with Adrian Utley, Gibbons and Barrow released the first Portishead album Dummy in 1994 and have produced two other studio albums, a live album, and various singles in the years since. She has also collaborated on a project with former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb. In October 2002, they released the album Out of Season in the United Kingdom under the name Beth Gibbons, the album peaked at number 28 in the UK Albums Chart. It was released in the United States a year later and she has cited Nina Simone, Edith Piaf, Sugarcubes, Pixies and Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins as musical influences. Gibbons was also a judge for the 10th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists careers, in June 2013, Gibbons announced plans for a new solo album with Domino Records. She contributed vocals to a cover of the song Black Sabbath with the British metal band Gonga, entitled Black Sabbeth, Dummy Portishead Roseland NYC Live Third Out of Season with Rustin Man Orang on. O. rangs album Herd of Instinct Jalap on. OBeth Gibbons – Gibbons at Roskilde Festival 2011.
36. Christina Goh – Christina Goh is a French singer, songwriter and poet. The daughter of an Ivorian father and a mother from Martinique, Christina Goh was born in 1977 in Paris and she spent her life in Côte dIvoire and went to university in France but finally chose a musical career at the age of 23. Christina Goh, named La perle noire de lafro-blues, puts together African, caribbean and blues styles, in 2008, she created the Christina Goh Concept, which is an atypical Trio, djembe, guitar, voice or piano, guitar, voice. The djembe is always the rhythmic point of the presentation and 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 recorded in French West Indies, 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, le concept en poèmes, her second collection, is what she named a new experiment, where she explains in poems, the ten universes of the ten songs of the album Christina Goh Concept. In 2010, she was in concert in Avignon Festival Off, named the greatest theater of the world in France, invited by the Laurette TheaterChristina Goh – Christina Goh @ Gros-Morne podium Martinique
37. Adelaide Hall – Adelaide Louise Hall was an American-born UK-based jazz singer and entertainer. Her long career spanned more than 70 years from 1921 until her death, Hall entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2003 as the worlds most enduring recording artist having released material over eight consecutive decades. Adelaide Hall was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Elizabeth, 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 written by Luckey Roberts. 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 from October 1926 through to September 1927. In 1924, Hall married a British sailor Bertram Errol Hicks, born in Trinidad, soon after their marriage he opened a short-lived club in Harlem, 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, the initial tour started at Hamburg, Germany, on 17 May 1925, and ended in Paris, France in December 1925 visiting many major cities in-between. The revue was designed to give Europeans a sampling of black entertainment from New York, included in the cast were The Three Eddies, Lottie Gee, Rufus Greenlee and Thaddeus Drayton, Bobbie and Babe Goins, Charles Davis and Sam Wooding and his Orchestra. After the initial tour disbanded, Sam Wooding and his Orchestra continued touring the Chocolate Kiddies revue for several years later. In 1926, upon Halls return to New York after touring Europe with the Chocolate Kiddies, she was featured in Tan Town Topics, a revue containing songs written by Fats Waller and Spencer Williams. The cast included Fats Waller, Eddie Rector and Ralph Cooper, Adelaide Hall, Maude Mills, Arthur Gaines, Leondus Simmons and a dance troupe called the Tan Town Topics Vamps. The show opened at Harlem’s Lafayette Theatre on 5 April followed by a road tour on the eastern Theater Owners Booking Association circuit taking in Baltimore, Chicago. During July 1926, Hall appeared in residency with Lottie Gee, on Tuesday,5 October, Hall appeared again at Small’s Paradise at a special party, Handy Night, hosted by the venue to honour W. C. Handy and to celebrate the release of his published book Blues, An Anthology—Complete Words. For entertainment, Adelaide Hall, Lottie Gee, Maude White and Chic Collins provided a selection of jazz and blues numbers. From October 1926, Hall toured America playing the TOBA circuit until September 1927 in the highly praised show Desires of 1927, conceived by J. Homer Tutt, as the Pittsburgh Courier noted, Adelaide Hall and assistants have some show. Billed as the soubrette of the show, Adelaides performance included several songs. In October 1927, Hall recorded her wordless vocals on Creole Love Call, The Blues I Love To Sing and Chicago Stomp Down with Duke Ellington, the recordings were worldwide hits and catapulted both Halls and Ellingtons careers into the mainstreamAdelaide Hall – Adelaide Hall
38. Beth Hart – Beth Hart is an American singer, songwriter and musician from Los Angeles, California, United States. She rose to fame with the release of her 1999 single LA Song from her second album Screamin for My Supper. The single was a one hit in New Zealand, as well as reaching top five on the US Adult Contemporary. Subsequent albums, namely Seesaw and Live In Amsterdam by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, Harts release Bang Bang Boom Boom rose to number 3 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart, as well as the album Dont Explain by Hart and Bonamassa. The album Seesaw rose to number 8 on the Billboard Top Independent Album Chart, Hart has had two number 1 singles in Denmark As Good As It Gets and Learning To Live, as well a platinum selling album, Leave The Light On. Harts first album with Bonamassa, Dont Explain, went gold in the Netherlands, in 2014 Hart was nominated for a Grammy Award for Seesaw and she was also nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist. While playing the Los Angeles clubs, Hart enlisted bassist Tal Herzberg, in 1993, Hart appeared on Ed McMahons Star Search several times, ultimately winning the Female Vocalist competition for that season. Beth Hart and the Ocean of Souls was recorded in 1993 and it includes Am I the One and a pop-rock cover of the Beatles Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. The first released album with the Beth Hart Band was called Immortal and featured the single God Bless You. It also included Am I The One, a fan favorite that ended up on her first DVD that was released in 2005 and her next album, 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, Hart was singing the role in Love, Janis. The song also aired during Episode 17 of the 10th and final season of Beverly Hills,90210, Harts Leave the Light On was released in 2003. The single Learning To Live was a number 1 hit in Denmark, Learning to Live was also used as the theme song to Losing It With Jillian on NBC. Hart followed this up with her live album Live at Paradiso in 2005, which was recorded at a church in Amsterdam, Netherlands and released as a CD and it featured a variety of Harts self written songs and the cover of Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin. Harts fourth solo album,37 Days was released in Europe in July 2007. It produced the number 1 single in Denmark As Good As It Gets,37 Days was also released as a DVD. A fifth solo album, My California was released in 2010. Hart delivered music to the end-scene of the last episode of Californication season 6, on August 23,2012, her song Take It Easy on Me from My California was used in the first episode of the eighth series of the BBC TV drama Waterloo RoadBeth Hart – Hart performing at San Diego Indie Music Fest, March 20, 2008
39. Kelly Hogan – Kelly Hogan is an American singer-songwriter, often known for her work as a member of Neko Cases backing band, as well as for her solo work. Hogan was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of a Vietnam War Army veteran helicopter pilot who went on to become a policeman, Hogans parents divorced, with her mother later remarrying and relocating to Rutledge, Georgia while her dad still lives in Douglasville, Georgia. Hogan is the oldest sister in her family, none of Hogans family are musicians. Music was constantly playing in her own home as well and she went to high school in Douglasville, Georgia. Although painfully shy, Hogan eventually auditioned for chorus, going to All State Chorus every year, in addition to being active in chorus and drama, Hogan said she started singing in bars when she was in high school. Hogan often goes by the moniker Hogan and she is an avid dog lover, and used to tend bar and tour accompanied by her late dog Augie. Hogan has a Jim Stacy lower-back tattoo that says singers get all the pussy. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Hogan sang with the cabaret, country, jazz, the Jody Grind toured with singer Robyn Hitchcock. The group disbanded two of its members were killed in a car crash. In the mid-1990s, Hogan joined the rock band Rock*A*Teens, another Cabbagetown area band, appearing on their 1996 EP. Kelly Hogan played guitar and sang backing vocals in the band from 1994 to 1997, after the release of Cry, Hogan left the Rock*A*Teens and relocated from Atlanta to Chicago. Her debut solo record, The Whistle Only Dogs Can Hear was released in 1996, Hogan released her first record for Bloodshot Records entitled Beneath the Country Underdog in 2000. The record, brilliantly intuitive readings of other songs, was produced by Jon Langford. The Pine Valley Cosmonauts were her backing band and her second solo Bloodshot release, Because It Feel Good, was released in 2001 and was produced by Hogan and former Sugar bassist David Barbe. Hogan released her most recent solo record—and first record in 11 years, I Like To Keep Myself In Pain, on ANTI- in 2013. The album is a collection of songs written for her or chosen for her by songwriter friends Andrew Bird, Vic Chesnutt, Jon Langford, Stephin Merritt, M. Ward. The title track was written by Robyn Hitchcock, for the recording of this record, a dream-team band was assembled, organist Booker T. Jones, drummer James Gadson, bassist Gabe Roth, guitarist Scott Ligon. They recorded at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, California, Hogan appears on records by Mavis Staples, the Mekons, Will Oldham, Matt Pond PA, Amy Ray, Giant Sand, Archer Prewitt, Alejandro Escovedo, Drive-By Truckers, Jakob Dylan, Tortoise, among othersKelly Hogan – Kelly Hogan
40. 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 her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a influence on jazz music. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and she was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education. There were other 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 and she signed a recording contract with Brunswick Records in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy Wilson yielded the hit What a Little Moonlight Can Do, Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday had mainstream success on labels such as Columbia Records and Decca Records. By the late 1940s, however, she was beset with legal troubles, after a short prison sentence, she performed a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, but her reputation deteriorated because of her drug and alcohol problems. Her final recordings were met with mixed reaction to her voice but were mild 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, much of Holidays material has been rereleased since her death. She is considered a performer with an ongoing influence on American music. She is the recipient of four Grammy awards, all of them posthumous awards for Best Historical Album, Holiday herself was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973. Lady Sings the Blues, a film about her life, starring Diana Ross, was released in 1972, Eleanora Fagan was born on April 7,1915, in Philadelphia, the daughter of Sarah Julia Sadie Fagan and Clarence Holiday, an unmarried teenaged couple. Her father did not live with her mother, not long after Eleanora was born, Clarence abandoned his family to pursue a career as a jazz banjo player and guitarist. Sarah moved to Philadelphia at age 19, after she was evicted from her parents home in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, for becoming pregnant. With no support from her parents, she made arrangements with her older, married half-sister, Eva Miller, the child was of African-American ancestry and was also said to have had Irish ancestors through her mothers mixed heritage. Her mother often took what were known as transportation jobs. Holidays autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, first published in 1956, is sketchy on details of her early life, some historians have disputed Holidays paternity, as a copy of her birth certificate in the Baltimore archives lists the father as a man named Frank DeVieseBillie Holiday – At the Downbeat club, in New York. c. February 1947
41. Judy Holliday – Judy Holliday was an American actress, comedian, and singer. She began her career as part of an act before working in Broadway plays. She appeared regularly in films during the 1950s and she was noted for her performance on Broadway in the musical Bells Are Ringing, winning a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical and reprising her role in the 1960 film. In 1952, Holliday was called to testify before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee to answer claims she was associated with communism. Holliday was born Judith Tuvim in New York City, she was the child of Abe Tuvim and Helen Tuvim. Her father was the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Jewish National Fund of America and she grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York, and graduated from Julia Richman High School. Hollidays first job was as an assistant switchboard operator at the Mercury Theatre run by Orson Welles, Holliday began her show business career in 1938 as part of a night-club act called The Revuers. The other members of the group were Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Alvin Hammer, John Frank, the Revuers played engagements at various New York night clubs including the Village Vanguard, Spivys Roof, Blue Angel, Rainbow Room, and Trocadero in Hollywood, California. The group disbanded in early 1944, in 1944, she played a small, but noticeable role as an airmans wife in the Twentieth Century Fox film version of the U. S. Army Air Forces hit play Winged Victory. She did not appear in the version, which toured the U. S. both before and after production of the film. Holliday made her Broadway debut on March 20,1945 at the Belasco Theatre in Kiss Them for Me and was one of the recipients that year of the Clarence Derwent Award, in 1946, she returned to Broadway as the scatterbrained Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. Author Garson Kanin wrote the play for Jean Arthur, who played the role of Billie out-of-town, Kanin then selected Holliday, two decades Arthurs junior, as her replacement. In his book Tracy and Hepburn, Kanin mentions that when Columbia bought the rights to the film Born Yesterday, Kanin, along with George Cukor, Spencer Tracy, and Katharine Hepburn conspired to promote Holliday by offering her a key part in the 1949 film Adams Rib. She received rave reviews for her performance in Born Yesterday on Broadway, and Cohn offered her the chance to repeat her role for the film version, but only after she did a screen test. In 1954, she starred opposite then-newcomer Jack Lemmon in his first two films, the popular comedies It Should Happen to You and Phffft. George Cukor said Holliday had, In common with the great comedians. that depth of emotion, that unexpectedly touching emotion, in 1950, Holliday was the subject of an FBI investigation looking into allegations she was a Communist. The investigation did not reveal positive evidence of any membership in the Communist Party and was concluded after three months, unlike many others tainted by the Communist investigation. In 1952, she was called to testify before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee to explain why her name had been linked to Communist front organizations and she was advised to play dumb, which she did very wellJudy Holliday – Judy Holliday in 1950.
42. Libby Holman – Elizabeth Lloyd Holzman, best known as Libby Holman, was an American torch singer and stage actress who also achieved notoriety for her complex and unconventional personal life. Elizabeth Lloyd Holzman was born May 23,1904, in Cincinnati, Ohio to a Jewish lawyer and stockbroker, Alfred Holzman and his wife and their other children were daughter Marion H. Holzman and son Alfred Paul Holzman. In 1904, the family grew destitute after Holmans uncle Ross Holzman embezzled nearly $1 million of their stock brokerage business. At some point, Alfred changed the name from Holzman to Holman. She graduated from Hughes High School on June 11,1920 and she graduated from the University of Cincinnati on June 16,1923, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Holman later subtracted two years from her age, insisting she was born in 1906, the year she gave the Social Security Administration as the year of her birth. In the summer of 1924, Holman left for New York City and her first theater job in New York was in the road company of The Fool. Channing Pollock, the writer of The Fool, recognized Holmans talents immediately and she followed Pollocks advice and soon became a star. An early stage colleague who became a close friend was future film star Clifton Webb. He gave her the nickname, The Statue of Libby and her Broadway theatre debut was in the play The Sapphire Ring in 1925 at the Selwyn Theatre, which closed after thirteen performances. She was billed as Elizabeth Holman, also in that show, she sang the Kay Swift and Paul James song, Cant We Be Friends. The following year, Holman introduced the Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz standard Something to Remember You By in the show Threes a Crowd, which also starred Allen and Webb. One of Holmans signature looks was the dress, which she has been credited with having invented. Holman was married three times, and had a variety of relationships with both men and women throughout her lifetime. Her famous lesbian lovers included the DuPont heiress Louisa dAndelot Carpenter, actress Jeanne Eagels, Carpenter was to play a significant part throughout Holmans lifetime. They raised their children and lived together and were accepted by their theater companions. She scandalized some by dating younger men, such as fellow American actor Montgomery Clift. Holman took an interest in one fan, Zachary Smith Reynolds and he was smitten with her from the start, despite their seven-year age differenceLibby Holman – Libby Holman
43. Lena Horne – Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American jazz and pop music singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Hornes career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, because of the Red Scare and her political activism, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood. She announced her retirement in March 1980, but the year starred in a one-woman show, Lena Horne, The Lady and Her Music. She then toured the country in the show, earning numerous awards, Horne continued recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s, disappearing from the public eye in 2000. Horne died of heart failure on May 9,2010. Lena Horne was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and her mother, Edna Louise Scottron, was a granddaughter of inventor Samuel R. Scottron, she was an actress with a black theatre troupe and traveled extensively. Ednas maternal grandmother, Amelie Louise Ashton, was a Senegalese slave, Horne was mainly raised by her grandparents, Cora Calhoun and 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 and she then attended Girls High School, an all-girls public high school in Brooklyn that has since become Boys and Girls High School, she dropped out without earning a diploma. Aged 18, she moved in with her father in Pittsburgh, staying in the citys Little Harlem for almost five years and learning from native Pittsburghers Billy Strayhorn and Billy Eckstine, among others. In the fall of 1933, Horne joined the line of the Cotton Club in New York City. In the spring of 1934, she had a role in the Cotton Club Parade starring Adelaide Hall. A few years later, Horne joined Noble Sissles Orchestra, with which she toured and with whom she made her first records, issued by Decca. After she separated from her first husband, Horne toured with bandleader Charlie Barnet in 1940–41 and she replaced Dinah Shore as the featured vocalist on NBCs popular jazz series The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street. The shows resident maestros, Henry Levine and Paul Laval, recorded with Horne in June 1941 for RCA Victor, Hornes songs from Boogie Woogie Dream were later released individually as soundies. Horne made her Hollywood nightclub debut at Felix Youngs Little Troc on the Sunset Strip in January 1942, a few weeks later, she was signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In November 1944, she was featured in an episode of the radio series Suspense, as a fictional nightclub singer. In 1945 and 1946, she sang with Billy Eckstines Orchestra, as a result, most of Hornes film appearances were stand-alone sequences that had no bearing on the rest of the film, so editing caused no disruption to the storylineLena Horne – Publicity photo of Horne from her own stage show Nine O'Clock Revue, 1961.
44. Phyllis Hyman – Phyllis Linda Hyman was an American singer and actress. She is best known for her singles from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, You Know How to Love Me, Living All Alone and Dont Wanna Change the World. Hyman also performed on Broadway in the 1981 musical based on the music of Duke Ellington, Sophisticated Ladies, the musical earned her 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 music training started at a music school, on graduation, she performed on a national tour with the group New Direction in 1971. After the group disbanded, she joined All the People and worked with local group. At this time, she appeared in the film Lenny and she also did a two-year stint leading a band called Phyllis Hyman and the P/H Factor. She was discovered in 1975 by music industry veteran Sid Maurer, and former Epic Records promoter Fred Frank, Hyman moved to New York City to work on her career. She did background vocals on Jon Luciens Premonition and worked in clubs, one night after a Jon Lucien concert at Carnegie Hall he went to see Hyman perform and offered her a spot as the female vocalist on his fourth album for Buddah Records. Once the title song got airplay on radio, You Are My Starship went gold, catapulting Hymans career along with Norman Connors. When Arista Records bought Buddha, she was transferred to that label and her first album for Arista, Somewhere in My Lifetime, was released in 1978, the title track was produced by then-labelmate Barry Manilow. Her follow-up album, You Know How to Love Me, made the R&B Top 20, in the late 1970s, Hyman married her manager Larry Alexander, but both the personal and professional associations ended in divorce. Around this time, Hyman began using cocaine, for which she developed a lifelong dependency, Hymans first solo R&B Top Ten hit came in 1981 with Cant We Fall in Love Again. The song was recorded while she was performing in the Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies and she performed in the role for almost two years, receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and winning a Theatre World Award for Best Newcomer. Problems between Hyman and her label, Arista, caused a pause in her recording career and she used the time to appear on movie soundtracks, television commercials and guest vocals, working with Chuck Mangione, The Whispers and The Four Tops. Hyman provided vocals for three tracks on jazz pianist McCoy Tyners Looking Out and she toured often and did a college lecture tour. In 1983, Hyman recorded the song Never Say Never Again as the song for the James Bond movie of the same name, written by Stephen Forsyth. However, Warner Brothers informed Forsyth that Michel Legrand, who wrote the score for the film, had threatened to sue them, an alternate title song composed by Legrand was eventually used for the film and performed by singer Lani Hall, formerly of Sérgio Mendes and Brasil 66Phyllis Hyman – Phyllis Hyman
45. Eilen Jewell – Eilen Jewell is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. She has released seven albums of music, Jewell grew up in Boise, Idaho and attended college in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2015 she returned to Boise after having lived in the Boston area for several years and her 2015 album, Sundown Over Ghost Town, was largely inspired by her return to Boise. Jewell began her career when she began busking on the streets of Sante Fe while attending college. She then moved to Los Angeles and performed on the streets of Venice Beach, Jewell moved to Massachusetts and began performing at local music clubs. Her album Letters From Sinners & Strangers, was recorded at the Signature Sounds studio in Pomfret, in early 2009 Jewell released the album Sea of Tears which was called a startling departure by a Sydney Morning Herald music critic. In 2010, Jewell released the album Butcher Holler, an album of Loretta Lynn covers and in 2011, her album of original music. Jewell and her band toured the U. S. Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia beginning in 2005 including performances at South by Southwest and NPRs World CafeEilen Jewell – Eilen Jewell - 2013
46. Norah Jones – Norah Jones is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Throughout her career, Jones has won awards and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade and she has won nine Grammy Awards and was 60th on Billboard magazines artists of the 2000–2009 decade chart. In 2002, Jones launched her music career with the release of Come Away with Me. It was certified diamond, selling over 26 million copies, the record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. They were also well received by critics. Jones fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts, was released on April 27,2012, Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar, and half-sister of fellow musician Anoushka Shankar. Jones was born Geetali Norah Shankar on March 30,1979 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, to American concert producer Sue Jones, after her parents separated in 1986, Shankar lived with her mother, growing up in Grapevine, Texas. She attended Colleyville Middle School and Grapevine High School before transferring to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing, while in high school, she sang in the school choir, participated in band, and played the alto saxophone. At the age of sixteen, with parents consent, she officially changed her name to Norah Jones. Jones always had an affinity for the music of Bill Evans and Billie Holiday and she once said, My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set, I picked out one disc that I liked and played that over and over again. As a child, Jones began singing in church and also took piano and she considers herself spiritual and appreciates the rituals of her church but does not consider herself deeply religious. She attended Interlochen Center for the Arts during the summers, while at high school, she won the Down Beat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition. Jones attended the University of North Texas, where she majored in jazz piano, during this time, she had a chance meeting with future collaborator Jesse Harris. She gave a ride to a band playing at the university whose members happened to be friends of Harris and he was on a cross-country road-trip with friend and future Little Willies member Richard Julian, and stopped to see the band play. After meeting Jones, Harris started sending her lead sheets of his songs, in 1999, Jones left Texas for New York City. Less than a later, she started a band with Harris. As artist Peter Malick states in the notes, I started looking for a singer who could record for meNorah Jones – Jones performs at Farm Aid, October 2, 2010
47. Patricia Kaas – Patricia Kaas is a French singer an actress. Her music is a mix of pop, cabaret, jazz, since the appearance of her 1988 debut album, Mademoiselle chante. Kaas has sold over 17 million records worldwide and she had her greatest success in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Russia, Finland, Ukraine, and Korea with her third album Je te dis vous. In 2002, Kaas made her debut in And now. Ladies and Gentlemen with Jeremy Irons and she represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia, and finished in eighth place. Patricia Kaas was born as the youngest of her family on 5 December 1966 in Forbach, Lorraine, France and her father, Joseph Kaas, was a French Germanophone and her mother, Irmgard, was a German citizen from Saar. Kaas grew up in Stiring-Wendel, between Forbach and Saarbrücken 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 young age. Her first great success came when she received first place at a pop song contest, Kaas took her first step into the professional music business at the age of 13, when, with the help of her brother Egon, she signed a contract with the Saarbrücken Club Rumpelkammer. Kaas took the name Pady Pax, after the brass band Pax Majorettes from Stiring-Wendel, of which she and her sister Carine were members, at 16 she took a placement with a model agency in Metz. Her first attempts to break into the business once and for all initially failed, however. Kaas producer at this time was the architect Bernard Schwartz, in 1985, Kaas was dax sponsored by the French actor Gérard Depardieu at the age of 19. Schwartz saw her singing at the Rumpelkammer in Saarbrücken and introduced her to the songwriter François Bernheim, Bernheim worked with her and convinced Depardieu to produce her music. Depardieu produced Kaas first single Jalouse, written by Bernheim and Depardieus wife Elisabeth, the single was published by EMI, but was a flop. Nonetheless, her encounter with Depardieu was one of the most important events in the beginning of Kaas artistic career, through Jalouse and Bernheim the French songwriter Didier Barbelivien became aware of Kaas. His song Mademoiselle chante le blues was the singers first big hit, the single was published in 1987 by Polydor, and reached 7th place in the French singles chart. The next year Kaas second single DAllemagne was recorded, written by Barbelivien, shortly afterwards Kaas first album Mademoiselle chante. was produced. It reached 2nd place in the French album charts and stayed there for two months, remaining in the Top 10 for 64 weeks and 118 weeks in the top 100, shortly after its appearance the album went gold in France and after three months it went platinumPatricia Kaas – Patricia Kaas at Cannes festival
48. Lainie Kazan – Lainie Kazan is an American actress and singer. She had previously received a Golden Globe Award nomination for the version of My Favorite Year. Her other film appearances include The Delta Force, Harry and the Hendersons, Beaches, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Kazan was born Lanie Levine in Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Carole and Ben Levine. Her mother was from a Sephardic Jewish family from Jerusalem, and her father, of Russian Ashkenazi Jewish descent, Kazan has described her mother as neurotic, fragile and artistic. She graduated from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and she married Peter Daniels in 1971. In a segment of Celebrity Ghost Stories she revealed that she was widowed in 1989 when Daniels died of lung cancer, with him, Kazan has one child, Jennifer, and is a grandmother. Kazan serves on the boards of the Young Musicians’ Foundation, AIDS Project LA, Kazan suffered from deep vein thrombosis, and has dedicated time to educating the public about the condition. On April 9,2016, Kazan was injured in a collision in Los Angeles. Kazan made her Broadway debut in The Happiest Girl in the World in 1961 followed by Bravo Giovanni and she served as understudy to Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, finally getting to go on 18 months into the run when the star was ill with a serious throat problem. Both had attended the high school, Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn. Kazan’s mother alerted the press and, encouraged by rave reviews for her performance, she quit the show, as her popularity increased, Kazan posed nude for a spread in the October 1970 issue of Playboy, which was reused in Pocket Playboy #4, issued in 1974. Her Playboy photographs also inspired the look of Jack Kirby’s DC Comics superheroine Big Barda, Kazan appeared in numerous supper clubs across the country, and she guested on Dean Martin’s variety series 26 times. She appeared in a scene as the mother of Adam Sandler’s character in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and it is, however, included in the special features on disc. Prior to this film, she had appeared with its co-star Kevin James in two episodes of his The King of Queens TV series as the once-renowned singer Ava St. Clair. A life member of The Actors Studio, Kazan returned to Broadway to recreate her role for the musical adaptation of My Favorite Year. She completed a stint in The Vagina Monologues and she has also appeared in regional productions of A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha, Gypsy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Hello, Dolly. and Fiddler on the Roof, among others, in 1984, she made a guest appearance on the Faerie Tale Theatre episode “Pinocchio” as Sophia the Blue Fairy. She appeared in an episode of Ugly Betty, playing the mother of Bobby and she appeared in one episode, Fire and NiceLainie Kazan – Kazan at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard afterparty in February 2007
49. Morgana King – Morgana King is an American jazz singer and actress. Her best-known role was that of Carmela Corleone in The Godfather, King was born Maria Grazia Morgana Messina in Pleasantville, New York. Her parents were from Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, Province of Catania and she grew up in New York City with five siblings. Her father, who owned a coal and ice business, played the piano and her family experienced a difficult financial period after her father died. Around the age of thirteen her vocal gifts were recognized when she was singing the aria Ill See You Again from Noël Cowards operetta Bitter Sweet. At age 16 she developed a love for big bands, a scholarship to the Metropolitan School of Music soon followed. Her professional singing career began at age sixteen as Morgana King, when she sang in a Greenwich Village nightclub 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 Me, in the first appearance of Leonard G. Feathers Encyclopedia of Jazz, Morgana King stated that her ambition was … to become a dramatic actress. She began her career in The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, as Carmela Corleone. In the film, she sang the song Luna mezzo mare, King appeared as herself in the television documentary The Godfather, Behind the Scenes. She reprised the role in The Godfather, Part II, where her character dies aged 62, while performing in Lisbon, Portugal, she was interviewed by the television show host Henrique Mendes at the television station RTP. Her repertoire contains more than two hundred songs on more than thirty albums, most of her recordings and re-issues have not remained in the catalogs. In 1964, she received a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist, the UCLA Music Librarys Jimmy Van Heusen papers include a letter dated September 5,1965 pertaining to songs… to be given to Morgana King. She recorded three songs by Van Heusen, Heres That Rainy Day, Like Someone in Love and Imagination, kings 1967 single I Have Loved Me A Man appeared in the US Easy Listening survey and the Australian Top 20, according to the Kent Music Report. Morgana King appeared in five films, including The Godfather Parts I, beginning with The Andy Williams Show and The Hollywood Palace in 1964. For more than a decade she performed on television talk and variety shows including The Mike Douglas Show, The Dean Martin Show and The David Frost Show. King announced her retirement from performing during an engagement at the Cotton Club in Chicago on Friday, December 10,1993 and she continued to perform after that date at the Ballroom, Maxims, Mirage Night Club, and Roosevelt Hotels Cinegrill. Her last film appearance was in the film A Brooklyn State of Mind and her first marriage was to jazz trumpeter Tony Fruscella, which ended in divorce after nine years, they had a daughter, GraysanMorgana King – King with Dean Martin, 1968.
50. Peggy King – Peggy King is a jazz and pop vocalist and former TV personality. She got her start with the bands of Charlie Spivak, Ralph Flanagan, the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Perry Como Show, The Garry Moore Show, and The Jack Benny Show. In 1952 MGM signed her to a contract, which led to a cameo in Vincente Minnellis The Bad and the Beautiful. These last brought her to the attention of Mitch Miller at Columbia Records, Miller signed her to a long-term contract, under which she made two best-selling albums, Wish Upon on a Star and Girl Meets Boy, and a string of hit singles. She sang the Oscar-nominated song Count Your Blessings on the 1955 Academy Awards telecast and she sang in the 1955 cult comedy Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy and was featured as chief co-star on the poster. She portrayed the stewardess Janet Turner in the suspense thriller Zero Hour, later the basis for the disaster spoof, Airplane. Her more recent albums include Lazy Afternoon, Oh What a Memory We Made Tonight, in 2008 Sepia Records reissued the original cast album of Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates, adding sixteen of Kings classic Columbia recordings and four of Hunters. In Feb.2016, she released an all-new CD album, her first recording in 36 years, the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia inducted King into their Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2016, King continues to perform in nightclubs, theatres and at charitable and private events on a basis, with Music Director/Pianist Andrew Kahn. On February 8,1960, King became one of the first stars to be honored on the Hollywood Walk of FamePeggy King – Peggy King on The Jack Benny Show