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Hailing from Newark, NJ, Sarah Vaughan became an accomplished pianist after taking lessons for many years as a kid and fell in love with the idea of becoming a vocalist after the many gospel singers she accompanied in the church choir.
She was only in her teens when she won an amateur contect at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. Singer Billy Eckstine discovered her there and recommended to his employer, pianist Earl Hines that he hire her for his legendary band. Her musicianship matched the monster players in the band including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, masters of the bebop style.
Vaughan’s rhythmic improvisation and exceptionally skillful phrasing incorporated many of their techniques. She signed with Columbia Records in the 1950s and later Mercury and embarked on a 50 year career earning international fame.
This week’s top tune is Sarah’s rendition of the Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh classic, “Witchcraft” from her 1962 album, You’re Mine You produced and arranged by the great, Quincy Jones.
Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / firstname.lastname@example.org
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / email@example.com
Publishing controlled by MPL. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Master controlled by Warner Music Group http://www.wmgmusiclicensing.com