Today in Music: 4/3/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On April 3, 1990, the incomparable Sarah Vaughan died in Hidden Hills, California. Known as “Sassy” and “The Divine One”, she is one of the most celebrated vocalists of the 20th century. Born Sarah Lois Vaughan in Newark, New Jersey on March 27, 1924, Vaughan began studying piano at seven years old and sang in the church choir. Her love of popular music was formed early and by her mid-teens she was performing (often illegally) at local clubs in Newark. In 1942, after winning the famous “Amateur Night” contest at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Vaughan was hired as a singer by the Earl Hines Orchestra. Later, she joined Billy Eckstine’s band, working alongside Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, who would be two of her biggest influences. In 1948, she signed with Columbia Records where she remained through 1954. Vaughan then signed with Mercury Records. Sarah Vaughan was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female in 1982 for “Gershwin Live!” and the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1989. In 1981, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement – Special Class for “Rhapsody and Song: A Tribute to George Gershwin”. Vaughan had a three octave range described as “an ornament of uniquely flexible size, shape and duration”. Her notable songs include: “Misty”, “Whatever Lola Wants”, “Send in the Clowns” and her first gold record, “Broken Hearted Melody”. #sarahvaughan #sassy #thedivineone #hiddenhills #california #newark #newjersey #apollotheater #amateurnighattheapollo #earlhines #billyeckstine #charlieparker #dizzygillespie #columbiarecords #mercuryrecords #grammyaward #emmyaward #gershwinlive #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory

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