Pearl Bailey

Genres: Comedy Movies Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Vocals
Tags: jazz blues jazz vocal female vocalists vocal jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Pearl Mae Bailey, 29 March 1918, Newport News, Virginia, USA, d. 17 August 1990, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pearlie Mae, as she was known, was an uninhibited performer, who mumbled her way through some songs and filled others with outrageous asides and sly innuendoes. She entered the world of entertainment as a dancer but later sang in vaudeville, graduating to the New York nightclub circuit in the early 40s. After working with the Noble Sissle Orchestra, she became band-vocalist with Cootie Williams, with whom she recorded ‘Tess’ Torch Song’, previously sung by Dinah Shore in the movie Up In Arms. Bailey received strong critical acclaim after substituting for Sister Rosetta Tharpe in a show, and was subsequently signed to star in the 1946 Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer Broadway musical, St. Louis Woman. A year later her slurred version of ‘Tired’ was the highlight of the movie Variety Girl, and she gave several other outstanding...

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