Barbara Lea

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Decades: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Barbara LeCoq, 10 April 1929, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Her family name was changed to Leacock and she shortened this when she took up a career as a singer. Her higher education took place at Wellesley College where she majored in Music Theory. She sang in the college choir and in the late 40s sang jazz and with dance bands in the north eastern states. She also worked as a jazz disc jockey, wrote a jazz column for the college newspaper, sang and taught classical music and jazz. When Lea graduated she began working professionally as a singer almost at once, singing mostly in Boston and in New Jersey but occasionally picked up engagements at swish New York venues. During the 50s she worked extensively in the north-east and in Canada and also made records, including sets with trumpeter Johnny Windhurst. Her early recordings were very well received and in 1956 she was voted DownBeat’s Best New Singer.

She then moved into acting, mostly on the...

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