|Tags:||jazz female vocalists jazz vocalist swing|
|Decades:||1960s 1990s 2000s|
16 August 1939, San Francisco, California, USA. Stallings began singing in public at the age of eight. Encouraged by her saxophonist uncle, Orlando Stallings, she sang in local jazz clubs during her teenage years and while still in high school joined Louis Jordans band. She began touring, singing in other parts of the USA and also as far afield as Australia. Back in the USA she sang in Chicago with Sonny Stitt, and during an engagement at San Franciscos Blackhawk was heard by Dizzy Gillespie who invited her to appear with him at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival. She then joined Billy Eckstine and soon afterwards was with the Grover Mitchell- Earl Fatha Hines band. When Mitchell joined Count Basie he recommended Stallings when the female vocalist spot became vacant. This was in 1969 and she stayed with the band for three years, touring internationally. Stallings then returned home to raise her daughter but was called upon by Gillespie for a...