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Sarah Lois Vaughan (Newark27 March 1924 – Los Angelesapril 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer, who along with Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald to the greatest in her genre. She is known for her expressive voice, unique vibrato and great vocal range.

Vaughan's parents were both musicians; Sarah started singing in Church choirs. Her participation in talent shows attracted the attention of Earl Hines at whose early 1940s big band Sarah Vaughan singer was. Soon she worked together with Billy Eckstine. Eckstine and Vaughan were then some time active with Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey, but Vaughan went solo performance in 1945. Known songs from that period are TenderlyLover man and it's Magic. Sarah Vaughan remained plates reveal and occur up to the early 1980s and worked with greats like Miles Davis and Quincy Jones.

Discography (selection)[Edit][]

  • 1953: The Divine Sarah Vaughan-The Columbia Years 1949-1953 (Columbia)
  • 1954: Swingin' Easy (EmArcy)
  • 1954: Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (EmArcy/Verve)
  • 1954: The Gershwin Songbook (Mercury)
  • 1955: In the Land of Hi-Fi (EmArcy)
  • 1957: At Mister Kelly's [live] (EmArcy)
  • 1958: No Count Sarah (EmArcy)
  • 1963: Sarah Sings Soulfully (Roulette)
  • 1963: Sassy Swings the Tivoli [live] (EmArcy)
  • 1978: How Long Has This Been Going On? (Pablo)
  • 1979: The Duke Ellington Songbook, vol. 1-2 (Pablo)
  • 1982: Crazy and Mixed Up (Pablo)


  • Leslie Gourse: Sassy – The Life of Sarah Vaughan, Scribners Da Capo Press 1994, 1992, ISBN 0-306-80578-2