Ethel Waters

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by Ethel Waters

Biography

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... Read more

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jazz
blues
female vocalists
vocal jazz
jazz divas
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