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Alberta Hunter

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(b. 1 April 1895; d. 17 October 1984), blues singer and composer whose career spanned seven decades.

“I’ve got the world in a jug, the stopper’s in my hand,” are ...

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André Watts

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(b Nuremberg, 1946).

Amer. pianist. Début 1955 with Philadelphia Orch. Soloist with NYPO cond. Bernstein 1963. Eur. début (London) 1966. NY recital début 1966. Salzburg Fest. début...

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Bessie Smith

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(1895–1937)

Black US blues singer. Known as the ‘Empress of the Blues’, this tall handsome woman created a style that was followed by many jazz singers, including Louis Armstrong...

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C. L. Franklin

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(b. 22 January 1915; d. 27 July 1984),

Baptist minister and community leader. Clarence LaVaughn Franklin was born in Sunflower, Mississippi, to Willie Walker and Rachel Pittman...

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Clara Ward

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Music.

B. 21 April 1924, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 16 January 1973, Los Angeles, California, USA. Like so many of her contemporaries, Ward gained her first musical experience singing in church. As ...

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Danilo Pérez

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(b. 1966),

pianist, composer, and educator. Born in Panama, Pérez began studying music when he was three years old, first with his father (a singer and bandleader), then at age ...

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Debbie Allen

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre — United States History.

(b. 16 January 1950), director, writer, producer, and choreographer.

Ambitious, talented Debbie Allen has broken ground for black women in a variety of roles, primarily behind the...

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Della Reese

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(b. 6 July 1931), author, singer, actress, minister.

The multitalented Della Reese is one of the most treasured and well-respected entertainers of our time. Born Deloreese Patricia...

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Dorothy Dandridge

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Music Theatre.

(b. 9 November 1923; d. 8 September 1965), actor.

Dorothy Dandridge was not the first black woman to star in Hollywood films. Nina Mae McKinney, Fredi Washington, and Ethel Waters...

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Emilio Estefan

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Music.

B. 4 March 1953, Cuba. Estefan moved to the USA in 1968 and formed the Miami Sound Machine five years later, in which he played various instruments including keyboards and ...

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