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Great Ladies of Jazz
"The ten women in this quiz have dazzled us with their talent over many years. I hope this quiz brings back some good memories, or inspires you to seek out their music."
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This lady sang the blues like nobody else. One of her best-known songs is "Strange Fruit", based on a poem about lynching. In spite of a very difficult childhood, racial prejudice and drug addiction, she was a star who will never be forgotten. Who was she?
She began as a gospel singer, and got her big break as a vocalist with Lionel Hampton's band. Her signature tune was the lovely ballad "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes". She was often called "Queen of the Blues". Who was this jazz royalty?
Her invitation to "Come On-a My House" was her first big hit. She always considered herself a jazz vocalist, in spite of her many pop hit recordings. She went on to make films, and starred in several television shows. She's remembered for her sunny persona. Who was she?
This artist was known as "Sassy". She began singing and playing piano in church, and joined up with Billy Eckstine's band in the late 1940s. Her career as a jazz vocalist and pop singer lasted for over forty years. Who was the artist known as "Sassy"?
This beautiful and talented singer and actress is probably best known for her version of "Stormy Weather". Her career in music, movies and television has continued over fifty years, culminating with an an enormously successful one-woman show on Broadway. Who is this legend?
Born in England, she was the female vocalist in a famous jazz trio, along with Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert. They were the hot group in the early sixties, recording several classic jazz albums. Who is she?
She sang with the bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Gene Krupa, and made a famous appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958. The epitome of the hip songstress, she struggled with drug addiction for many years. Her nickname was "The Jezebel of Jazz". Who was she?
This "dame" comes from England, and often works with her famous musician husband John Dankworth. She's well-known for her scat singing and amazing vocal range. Who is she?
This blonde chanteuse had some questions: "Why Don't You Do Right" and "Is That All There Is", she wanted to know. Frank Sinatra considered her one of his favorite singers. Who was she?
She was the queen of them all, the ultimate jazz vocalist. They called her "The First Lady of Song". Who else could take a nursery rhyme and turn it into a classic tune, which is now in the Grammy Hall of Fame? Remember "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"? Can you name the lady?
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Compiled Jun 28 12