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Sarah Vaughan

Possessor of one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century, Sarah Vaughan ranked with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in the very top echelon of female jazz singers. She often gave the impression that with her wide range, perfectly controlled vibrato, and wide expressive abilities, she could do anything she wanted with her voice. Although not all of her many recordings are essential (give Vaughan a weak song and she might strangle it to death), Sarah Vaughan's legacy as a performer and a recording artist will be very difficult to match in the future.

Vaughan sang in church as a child and had extensive piano lessons from 1931-39; she developed into a capable keyboardist. After she won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater, she was hired for the Earl Hines big band as a singer and second vocalist. Unfortunately, the musicians' recording strike kept her off record during this period (1943-44). When lifelong friend Billy Eckstine broke away to form his own orchestra, Vaughan joined him, making her recording debut. She loved being with Eckstine's orchestra, where she became influenced by a couple of his sidemen, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, both of whom had also been with Hines during her stint. Vaughan was one of the first singers to fully incorporate bop phrasing in her singing, and to have the vocal chops to pull it off on the level of a Parker and Gillespie.

Other than a few months with John Kirby from 1945-46, Sarah Vaughan spent the remainder of her career as a solo star. Although she looked a bit awkward in 1945 (her first husband George Treadwell would greatly assist her with her appearance), there was no denying her incredible voice. She made several early sessions for Continental: a December 31, 1944 date highlighted by her vocal version of "A Night in Tunisia," which was called "Interlude," and a May 25, 1945 session for that label that had Gillespie and Parker as sidemen. However, it was her 1946-48 selections for Musicraft (which included "If You Could See Me Now," "Tenderly" and "It's Magic") that found her rapidly gaining maturity and adding bop-oriented phrasing to popular songs. Signed to Columbia where she recorded during 1949-53, "Sassy" continued to build on her popularity. Although some of those sessions were quite commercial, eight classic selections cut with Jimmy Jones' band during May 18-19, 1950 (an octet including Miles Davis) showed that she could sing jazz with the best.

During the 1950s, Vaughan recorded middle-of-the-road pop material with orchestras for Mercury, and jazz dates (including Sarah Vaughan, a memorable collaboration with Clifford Brown) for the label's subsidiary, EmArcy. Later record label associations included Roulette (1960-64), back with Mercury (1963-67), and after a surprising four years off records, Mainstream (1971-74). Through the years, Vaughan's voice deepened a bit, but never lost its power, flexibility or range. She was a masterful scat singer and was able to out-swing nearly everyone (except for Ella). Vaughan was with Norman Granz's Pablo label from 1977-82, and only during her last few years did her recording career falter a bit, with only two forgettable efforts after 1982. However, up until near the end, Vaughan remained a world traveler, singing and partying into all hours of the night with her miraculous voice staying in prime form. The majority of her recordings are currently available, including complete sets of the Mercury/Emarcy years, and Sarah Vaughan is as famous today as she was during her most active years. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Track List: The Complete Sarah Vaughan On Mercury, Vol. 2

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Velvet,wow!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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This is incredible tone and expression in sound.
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Refreshing
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Beautiful voice, she will go far.
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I saw Sarah when I was 19 years old in Chaciago. It was wonderfull. All the women were dressed to the nines. I,ll never forget that evening ! 1944
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Sarah Vaughan..... t h e unmistakable , incredible voice.
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st.croix6
I want to hear eternity
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dragonlady60 8 8
One of the grts...love her voice
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I'm 52 and just beginning to know the absolute beauty and wonderful breathtaking sound of this timeless music!! I love love love it!!!
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I Love this song
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Great combination( T a n g o ) . . Awesome!!!
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Beatuful voice, sassy....exc i t i n g
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i am crying from beautiful memories.
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designdivas2
awesome.
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Damn! - Girl Power!!!
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Sarah Vaughan, Sarah Vaughan, Sarah Vaughan. Even her name is a song. I feel so blessed to have seen and heard her perform live 5 times. The 1st was 1973 at Symphony Hall in Boston; the 2nd was the following year at John Hancock Hall in Boston; then twice in 78 and the early 80's at Carnegie Hall in New York City where she sang once with Gerry Mullligan and then Mel Torme; and finally in the mid 80's at a street fair in Chattanooga, TN. My only regret is that I never met her personally.
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My Favorite Voice of all Time. Love Dinah,Ella, Betty, Carmen but.Miss Vaughan was the voice.
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lockhartdina h
Her version of the Lord's Prayer this morning brought me to tears driving this morning.
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I had the pleasure of seeing Sassy whenever she appeared at NY clubs.
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esturm80
Frank Sinatra
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aabraham31
She's terrific
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bfap99
Every time I hear this song (this version) , I imagine a tango on Dancin with the stars
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jomo44
thanks for Pandora it's a real nice treat. JZY JO
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Mom and I love Sarah! Mom got to see her several times back in the day! Sarah had a voice of silk, and a heart of gold. Her voice is so smooth and soothing! Love her style and her delivery. Completely down to earth and real.
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Great voice love her!
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tamnmar
Such a beautiful voice.
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geneveva
Sometimes I go back and forth with Ella and Sarah. At time both being co-#1s. I adore both so much, tough but great choice all around.
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I love Ella, but for me it's. Sassy all the way!!
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I was a little kid, maybe 4 or 5, when I first heard Sarah Vaughan singing on my father's old jukebox~size d radio. I've been told that I stood in front of that thing 4 an hour, singing my tiny lungs out along with her, so loudly that our elderly cat ran n2 the back bedroom, under the bed, & stayed there for 3 days!!!
Fortunately I was spared a human critique....
Ms. Vaughan is STILL my favorite singer!!! :-D :-D :-D
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She certainly has a sublime voice and in my estimation she's on par with Ella Fitzgerald. Both women were THE BEST!!
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andreanna.me t r u l a s
My Vote for Best, most Rich and versatile vocalists of Any genre !! Yes, Ella was and Is amazing but Sarah had more depth ...her voice tasted So damn good !! xoxo
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beegee241
One of the very very best of all time.
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I agree with the comment of royaldmd..We l l said. She compares well to Ella, Arethy, Etta James.
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Simply a BEAUTIFUL SINGER/VOICE .
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LOOOOVE THIS SONG!- GREAT SINGER!!!!- Stands the test of time!
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royaldmd
One of a kind! Just as Ella James, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Diane Schur, Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Diane Krall, and Judy Garland...to name a few...were and are one of a kind! One doesn't take away from the other! They all add to the fabulous pool of music we are privileged to enjoy time and again. Bless them all for all the hours of pleasure they have given me and the rest of the world.
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I love all of Sarah music. She was the Whitney Houston of her time. Check out Sarah and Billy on the 1985 Apollo special.
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prsfmail-man
Lets be honest. Sarah had more similarities to Carmen then to Nancy...
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A voice that comes but once in a lifetime.... . .
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Let's not forget my personal fave...Etta James!
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reddwine2go
A true God given talent.....b e a u t i f u l VOICE...Than k you Sarah...
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helen20101
most enjoyable radio station. !!
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andie2036
Have to admit, Sassy is my favorite. They''re all great! Best listening experience ever. As individuals, we all have our preferences. Choosing one artist over another does not diminish the others. Remember! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

andie20
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alex35198
Alex326 unequalled unparraled there's Sassy and everybody else, thanks mom for the exposure to the Devine One
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For many, many years she was always the best jazz vocalist in the Playboy Jazz poll. That wonderful voice never faded. The world was better for you.
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She was another fantastic lady with a real voice that kept us going so many years ago not like today when you have to channel hop to here a good singer.R.I.P . Sarah
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Effortless God given talent, a beautiful reflection of Essence and Uniqueness.. Never forgotten, gone too soon
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MS. SARAH I LOVE YOU
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