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LaVern Baker - 100% match to Della Reese

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Delores Williams, 11 November 1929, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 10 March 1997, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. Baker was a pioneering voice in the fusion of R&B and rock ‘n’ roll in the 50s. In 1947 she was discovered in a Chicago nightclub by band leader Fletcher Henderson. Although still in her teens, the singer won a recording contract with the influ Read more

Kay Starr - 67% match to Della Reese

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Katherine LaVerne Starks, 21 July 1922, Dougherty, Oklahoma, USA. While she was still a child, Starr’s family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she made her professional debut on local radio before she had left school. In 1939 she was hired briefly by Glenn Miller when his regular singer, Marion Hutton, was sick. Starr made records with Miller, but was soon on the move. She Read more

Eartha Kitt - 66% match to Della Reese

Genres: Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal Jazz R&B / Soul 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

Judy Garland - 66% match to Della Reese

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frances Ethel Gumm, 10 June 1922, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA, d. 22 June 1969, Chelsea, London, England. The Gumms were a theatrical family. Parents Frank and Ethel had appeared in vaudeville as Jack and Virginia Lee, and later, with the addition of their first two daughters, Mary Jane and Virginia, they appeared locally as ‘The Four Gumms’. ‘Baby Frances Read more

Esther Phillips - 64% match to Della Reese

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Esther Mae Jones, 23 December 1935, Galveston, Texas, USA, d. 7 August 1984, Carson, California, USA. This distinctive vocalist was discovered by band leader Johnny Otis. She joined his revue in 1949 where, performing as Little Esther, the teenage singer recorded two number 1 R&B singles, ‘Double Crossing Blues’ and ‘Mistrustin’ Blues’. She then Read more

Little Esther - 64% match to Della Reese

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
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Dinah Washington - 62% 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

Doris Day - 59% match to Della Reese

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Doris Von Kappelhoff, 3 April 1922, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. One of popular music’s premier post-war vocalists and biggest names, Kappelhoff originally trained as a dancer, before turning to singing at the age of 16. After changing her surname to Day, she became the featured singer with the Bob Crosby Band. A similarly successful period with the Les Brown Band saw her rec Read more

Lena Horne - 59% 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

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

Shirley Bassey - 57% match to Della Reese

Genres: Easy Listening Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 January 1937, Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales. A thrilling, highly emotional singer, whose career has spanned some 40 years. Her early jobs included work in a factory’s wrapping and packing department, while playing working men’s clubs at weekends. After touring the UK in revues and variety shows, Lancashire comedian Al Read included her in his 1955 Christmas Show at L Read more

Dakota Staton - 54% 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

Nancy Wilson - 52% match to Della Reese

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz 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

Nancy Wilson - 52% match to Della Reese

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Betty Carter - 49% 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


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