Patti Austin

Genres: Documentaries Jazz Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 August 1948, New York City, New York, USA. Austin first sang on stage at the age of three at the famous Apollo Theatre in New York City during Dinah Washington’s set. As a child performer, she appeared on television, including Sammy Davis Jnr.’s programme, and in the theatre. Her stage work included Lost In The Stars and Finian’s Rainbow. At the age of nine, she travelled to Europe with the band leader/arranger Quincy Jones. As a 16-year-old, she toured with Harry Belafonte and began recording at the age of 17. Austin’s first recordings were for Coral Records in 1965. ‘Family Tree’, recorded in 1969 for United Artists Records, was an R&B hit.

Austin’s immaculate vocals brought her work on television jingles and during the 70s she was one of the busiest session singers in New York, with credits for Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Frankie Valli, Joe Cocker, George Benson and Roberta Flack. Her solo albums...

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