Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan

About Sarah Vaughan

One of the most legendary and influential jazz vocalists of all time, Sarah Vaughan—known as The Divine One—released more than 50 albums.

∙ In 1942, when Vaughan was just 18, she won the famed Apollo Theater Amateur Night contest and then opened for Ella Fitzgerald, who later described her as “the world’s greatest singing talent.”
∙ By the time she was 19, she was performing in the Earl Hines Orchestra alongside future bebop pioneers Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.
∙ After singing in Billy Eckstine’s legendary band, she launched a solo career, scoring a Billboard Pop hit with 1947’s “Tenderly” and her first Top 10 single with 1948’s “Nature Boy.”
Sarah Vaughan, her 1954 landmark album with trumpeter Clifford Brown, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
∙ She recorded versions of Stephen Sondheim’s show tune “Send In the Clowns” in both 1973 and 1981, and it became her signature song in concerts—showcasing her acclaimed three-octave range.
∙ Vaughan’s George Gershwin tributes earned her an Emmy Award (for 1981’s Rhapsody and Song) and a Grammy (Best Jazz Vocal Performance for 1982’s Gershwin Live!).
∙ In addition to winning a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, she was honored with a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award and was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame.

  • HOMETOWN
    Newark, NJ
  • BORN
    March 27, 1924

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