“When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulder and I don’t even notice.”
— Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan (March 27, 1924 — April 3, 1990), nicknamed “Sassy” or “The Divine One,” was a Grammy-Award winning jazz singer. She began performing at 18 years old when she entered the Apollo Theater Amateur Night contest and won. From then on, she performed with artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and big band leader, Earl Hines. Her voice and singing style has been described as transformative, original, and inspired and she’s been cited as an influence on many current artists including Anita Baker and Sade. Sarah Vaughan is remembered as possessing “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.”
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