Lena Horne

Genres: Blues Classical Comedy Documentaries Drama Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts Musicals & The Arts R&B / Soul Soundtracks Television Vocals
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Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

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 Club, learning from Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and Harold Arlen, the composer of a future big hit, ‘Stormy Weather’. From 1935-36 she was featured vocalist with the all-black Noble Sissle’s Society Orchestra (the same Noble Sissle who, with Eubie Blake, wrote several hit songs including ‘Shuffle Along’ and ‘I’m Just Wild About Harry’) and later toured with the top swing band of Charlie Barnet, singing numbers such as ‘Good For Nothin’ Joe’ and ‘You’re My Thrill’. Sometimes, when Barnet’s Band played the southern towns,...

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