Ethel Waters

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Tags: jazz blues female vocalists vocal jazz jazz divas Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ethel Howard, 31 October 1896, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 1 September 1977, Chatsworth, California, USA. One of the most influential of popular singers, Waters’ early career found her working in vaudeville. As a consequence, her repertoire was more widely based and popularly angled than those of many of her contemporaries. It is reputed that she was the first singer to perform W.C. Handy’s ‘St. Louis Blues’ in public, and she later popularized blues and jazz-influenced songs such as ‘Stormy Weather’ and ‘Travellin’ All Alone’, also scoring a major success with ‘Dinah’. She first recorded in 1921, and on her early sessions she was accompanied by artists such as Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, James P. Johnson and Duke Ellington. Significantly, for her acceptance in white circles, she also recorded with Jack Teagarden, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.

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