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Barbara Cook - 82% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Soundtracks Vocals
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Ted Heath - 77% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 March 1900, Wandsworth, London, England, d. 18 November 1969, Virginia Water, Surrey, England. After playing tenor horn at the age of six, Heath later switched to trombone and throughout the 20s and 30s played with top orchestras such as Jack Hylton, Al Sarita, Sydney Lipton, and in the early 40s with Geraldo. On 7 May 1945 (VJ Day), he formed his own band, some of the ea Read more

Lena Horne - 53% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz R&B / Soul Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, 30 June 1917, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Horne is a dynamic performer, of striking appearance and elegant style. The daughter of an actress and a hotel operator, she was brought up mainly by her paternal grandmother, Cora Calhoun Horne. She made her professional debut at the age of 16 as a singer in the chorus at Harlem’s Cotton Clu Read more

Betty Carter - 49% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lillie Mae Jones, 16 May 1929, Flint, Michigan, USA, d. 26 September 1998, New York City, New York, USA. Growing up in Detroit, Carter sang with touring jazzmen, including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. In her late teens, she joined Lionel Hampton, using the stage name Lorene Carter. With Hampton she enjoyed a love-hate relationship; he would regularly fire her only to Read more

Annie Ross - 47% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Annabelle Short Lynch, 25 July 1930, Mitcham, Surrey, England. Lynch moved to Los Angeles with her aunt, singer Ella Logan, at the age of three. After working as a child actress in Hollywood, she then toured internationally as a singer. She sang with both Tony Crombie and Jack Parnell during the 50s. Ross had recorded successful wordless jazz vocals before becoming a membe Read more

Dakota Staton - 45% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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3 June 1930, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 10 April 2007, New York City, New York, USA. After singing in clubs in a style modelled on that of such diverse artists as Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Staton began to attract wider attention in the mid-50s. She extended her repertoire to include popular songs, R&B, soul and gospel and made a number of successful reco Read more

Karrin Allyson - 44% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Great Bend, Kansas, USA. While still a small child, Allyson moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where she studied classical piano. Later, living in the San Francisco Bay area, she worked in the theatre before returning to Nebraska to attend university where she majored in classical piano, graduating in 1987. It was around this time that Allyson’s musical horizons broadened and sh Read more

Abbey Lincoln - 43% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Anna Marie Wooldridge, 6 August 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Lincoln began singing publicly in the early 50s, working in Chicago nightclubs and using a variety of pseudonyms, including Anna Marie and Gaby Lee, as well as her real name. By the middle of the decade she was using the name by which she has since been largely known. She appeared successfully at the Moulin Rouge Read more

Ann Hampton Callaway - 43% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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30 May 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Born into a musically nurturing family, Callaway began singing from an early age encouraged especially by her mother, a vocal coach. In addition to singing, she also developed a concurrent career as a songwriter. She has worked with her sister, Liz Callaway, in particular on their original musical show, Sibling Revelry, which has been per Read more

Carmen McRae - 42% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 April 1920, New York City, New York, USA, d. 10 November 1994, Beverly Hills, California, USA. One of the best American jazz singers, McRae was also an accomplished pianist and songwriter. Early in her career she sang with bands led by Benny Carter, Mercer Ellington, Charlie Barnet and Count Basie (sometimes under the name of Carmen Clarke, from her brief marriage to Kenny Read more

June Christy - 38% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Shirley Luster, 20 November 1925, Springfield, Illinois, USA, d. 21 June 1990, Sherman Oaks, California, USA. Christy first came to prominence with the bands of Boyd Raeburn and Stan Kenton, although her chirpy singing style sometimes sat oddly with the earnestly progressive experiments of her employers. Her bright, bubbling personality glowed through her performances and s Read more

Susannah McCorkle - 38% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 January 1946, Berkeley, California, USA, d. 19 May 2001, New York City, New York, USA. In the late 60s, McCorkle lived for a while in Paris, France. It was during this sojourn that she heard Billie Holiday on records and decided to take up singing. Multilingual, she lived for a time in Italy, working as a translator and taking any singing jobs she could find. In 1972, she Read more

Carol Sloane - 37% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Carol Morvan, 5 March 1937, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. While still only 14 years old, Sloane sang with a local dance band, Ed Drew’s, owing to the active encouragement of her piano- and saxophone-playing Uncle Joe. By her late teens she had gained sufficient experience to be hired by the popular dance band led by the brothers Les And Larry Elgart. In 1960 she briefl Read more

George Shearing - 36% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 August 1919, London, England. Shearing was born blind but started to learn piano at the age of three. After limited training and extensive listening to recorded jazz, he began playing at hotels, clubs and pubs in the London area, sometimes as a single, occasionally with dance bands. In 1940 he joined Harry Parry’s popular band and also played with Stéphane Gra Read more

Helen Merrill - 36% match to Cleo Laine

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jelena Ana Milcetic, 21 July 1930, New York City, New York, USA. Merrill’s early career found her singing in exalted bebop company. Among the major artists with whom she sang in the late 40s were Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Bud Powell. She spent part of the 50s outside music, but continued to make a few records with notable figures such as Clifford Brown; by the end Read more


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