Della Reese Similar Artists

Lena Horne - 100% match to Della Reese

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

Dakota Staton - 99% match to Della Reese

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

Peggy Lee - 90% match to Della Reese

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Norma Deloris Egstrom, 26 May 1920, Jamestown, North Dakota, USA, d. 21 January 2002, California, USA. Peggy Lee was of Scandinavian descent, her grandparents being Swedish and Norwegian immigrants. She endured a difficult childhood and her mother died when she was four; when her father remarried she experienced a decidedly unpleasant relationship with her stepmother. Her fa Read more

Eartha Kitt - 83% match to Della Reese

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 January 1927, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The daughter of a white dirt farmer and a black Cherokee mother, Kitt was born in the cotton fields of South Carolina. After being given away by her mother she was raised in Harlem, where after a period of struggle she ended up attending the High School for Performing Arts. She later joined Katherine Dunham’s famed dancing Read more

Ernestine Anderson - 77% match to Della Reese

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 November 1928, Houston, Texas, USA. Raised in Seattle, Anderson has been singing professionally since her mid-teens. She worked extensively with R&B bands in the 40s, including those led by Russell Jacquet and Johnny Otis. A year with Lionel Hampton in the early 50s and a Scandinavian tour with bop trumpeter Rolf Ericson broadened her repertoire, but she remained well Read more

Shirley Horn - 74% match to Della Reese

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 May 1934, Washington, DC, USA, d. 20 October 2005, Cheverly, Maryland, USA. After studying piano formally, Horn continued her musical education at Howard University. She began leading her own group in the mid-50s, and in the early 60s recorded several sessions for Mercury Records, often in company with front-rank bop musicians. For some years Horn spent much of her time in Read more

Betty Carter - 72% match to Della Reese

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

Ruth Brown - 66% match to Della Reese

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 January 1928, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, d. 17 November 2006, Henderson, Nevada, USA. Brown started her musical career singing gospel at an early age in the church choir led by her father. In 1948 she was singing with a band led by her husband Jimmy in Washington, DC, when Willis Conover (from the radio show Voice Of America) recommended her to Ahmet Ertegun of the newly Read more

Dinah Washington - 64% match to Della Reese

Genres: Blues Jazz R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ruth Lee Jones, 29 August 1924, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA, d. 14 December 1963, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Raised in Chicago, Dinah Washington first sang in church choirs for which she also played piano. She then worked in local clubs, where she was heard by Lionel Hampton, who promptly hired her. She was with Hampton from 1943-46, recording hits with ‘Evil Gal Blues’, Read more

Nancy Wilson - 63% match to Della Reese

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 February 1937, Chillicothe, Ohio, USA. Wilson began singing in clubs in and around Columbus, Ohio. She attracted attention among jazz musicians, made her first records in 1956, and in the late 50s toured with a band led by Rusty Bryant. At the end of the decade she sang with George Shearing, with whom she recorded, and Cannonball Adderley. It was at Adderley’s insist Read more

Helen Humes - 59% match to Della Reese

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 June 1909, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, d. 13 September 1981, Santa Monica, California, USA. Coming from a happy, close-knit, musical family, Humes learned to play trumpet and piano. As a child she sang with the local Sunday school band, which boasted future jazz stars such as Dicky Wells and Jonah Jones. In 1927 she made her first records for the OKeh Records label in St. Read more

Rosemary Clooney - 59% match to Della Reese

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 May 1928, Maysville, Kentucky, USA, d. 29 June 2002, Beverly Hills, California, USA. Although her heyday was back in the 50s, this popular singer and actress remained close to the peak of her powers well into the 90s. Rosemary and her sister Betty sang at political rallies in support of their paternal grandfather. When Rosemary was 13 the Clooney children moved to Cincinn Read more

Fred Astaire - 57% match to Della Reese

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frederick Austerlitz, 10 May 1899, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 22 June 1987, Los Angeles, California, USA. One of the greatest - with Gene Kelly - and best-loved dancers in the history of film. The son of an Austrian immigrant, by the age of seven Astaire was dancing in vaudeville with his sister, Adele Astaire (b. Adele Marie Austerlitz, 10 September 1897, Omaha, Nebraska, USA Read more

Anita O'Day - 56% match to Della Reese

Genres: Big Band & Swing Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Anita Belle Colton, 18 October 1919, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 23 November 2006, West Hollywood, California, USA. As Anita Colton, in her early teens she scraped a living as a professional Walkathon contestant (marathon dancer). During this period she changed her surname to O’Day. Along with other contestants she was encouraged to sing and during one Walkathon was acco Read more

Carmen McRae - 54% match to Della Reese

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


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