|Tags:||rhythm and blues female vocalists blues jazz vocal jazz swing oldies 50s classic female blues r 'n' b|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Savannah Valentine, 21 August 1920, Colfax, Louisiana, USA, d. 20 April 1974, New York City, New York, USA. Raised in Brooklyn, New York City, as a child Churchill played violin and sang with the choir at St. Peter Claver Catholic School in Brooklyn. Soon after graduating from Brooklyns Girls High School, she married David Churchill and they had two children. To help support the family, she took a course in dress design at New York University but when her husband was killed in a car accident she needed to find work quickly.
She began her professional career in music in 1941, and a year later made her recording debut with Jimmy Lytell And His All Star Seven, producing the notable jump hits Fat Meat Is Good Meat and Two-Faced Man for Beacon Records. In 1943, she recorded with Benny Carter and remained with him for two years, recording Hurry Hurry! and Just A Babys Prayer At...