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Bobby Short - 100% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Waltrip Short, 15 September 1924, Danville, Illinois, USA, d. 21 March 2005, New York, USA. A self-taught pianist, Short worked in vaudeville as a child and sang in clubs and on radio in Chicago, operating under the nickname of ‘the Miniature King of Swing’. In mid-1937 he went to New York where he played and sang for audiences unprepared for smart-suited so Read more

Teddi King - 58% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Theodora King, 18 September 1929, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 18 November 1977. Teddi King was a jazz pop singer who enjoyed some crossover success on the 50s pop charts. Her singing career began upon graduation from high school. After working with the bands of Jack Edwards and George Graham she joined Nat Pierce’s band in 1951, with which she made her recording debu Read more

Sylvia Syms - 48% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sylvia Blagman, 2 December 1917, Brooklyn, USA, d. 10 May 1992, New York City, New York, USA. One of America’s most distinguished cabaret and jazz singers with a profound appreciation of lyrics, Syms overcame polio as a child, and in her teens discovered the delights of jazz in the clubs of New York’s 52nd Street. Inspired and informally trained by Billie Holiday, Read more

Julie Wilson - 40% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Julia May Wilson, 21 October 1924, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. An actress and singer, Wilson is acknowledged as one of the greatest interpreters of standard popular songs in the world of cabaret. Her sophisticated image, with a figure-hugging gown, and a gardenia tucked into her swept-back gleaming black hair, is a reminder of a bygone era. She started young, being voted ‘Mis Read more

Frances Faye - 28% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Jazz Vocals
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Eileen Farrell - 22% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Classical Easy Listening Vocals
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Irene Kral - 22% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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18 January 1932, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 15 August 1978, Encino, California, USA. Taking heed of the success of her older brother, Roy Kral, she began singing while still a teenager. She gained valuable on-the-road experience with bands led by Woody Herman and former Herman bass player Chubby Jackson before spending some time with a vocal group. In the late 50s she was wi Read more

Jeanie Bryson - 22% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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10 May 1958, New York City, New York, USA. The daughter of songwriter-pianist Connie Bryson and Dizzy Gillespie, Jeanie played piano from an early age. Later, she studied extensively at Rutgers, adding flute and ethnomusicology to her attainments. There she came under tuition from Kenny Barron and widened her interest to include singing music of the Far East and the Indian s Read more

Betty Bennett - 21% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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23 October 1921, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Bennett studied piano and singing, with the intention of becoming an opera singer. She was attracted to jazz when her mother introduced her to the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. She joined Georgie Auld’s band, then worked with big bands led by Claude Thornhill, Alvino Rey and Charlie Ventura, where she replaced Jackie C Read more

Honi Gordon - 21% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s
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Marilyn Maye - 21% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s
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Ivie Anderson - 20% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Big Band & Swing Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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10 July 1905, Gilroy, California, USA, d. 28 December 1949, Los Angeles, California, USA. Although best known for her work with Duke Ellington in the 30s, Anderson had already worked extensively both in the USA, where she sang at the Cotton Club in the mid-20s, and overseas, touring Australia with Sonny Clay towards the end of the decade. Her light-toned voice and relaxed st Read more

Mae West - 20% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mary Jane West, 17 August 1892 (1893 is sometimes cited), Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 22 November 1980, Los Angeles, California, USA. On stage from the age of five, West was billed as ‘The Baby Vamp’. She appeared in Broadway revues and plays such as Á La Broadway and Vera Violetta (both 1911), Sometime (1918), and The Mimic World (1921). She Read more

Bobby Troup - 18% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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Robert William Troup, 18 October 1918, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 7 February 1999, Sherman Oaks, California, USA. After studying extensively, including a degree in economics, Troup turned to songwriting and singing to his own piano accompaniment. In 1941 he was hired by Tommy Dorsey, but was drafted the same year. After five years in the US Navy, where he wrote scores Read more

Diahann Carroll - 18% match to Mabel Mercer

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Carol Diahann Johnson, 17 July 1935, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. After studying at New York’s High School of Music and Art Carroll attended NYU, meanwhile seeking part-time work as a model and singer. Her film debut came with a small role in Carmen Jones (1954) but her first major acting success was that same year’s Harold Arlen- Truman Capote musical Read more


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