This day (September 1, 1977), in Chatsworth, California, died Ethel Waters, an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress.
Wikipedia : This day (September 1, 1977), in Chatsworth, California, died Ethel Waters, an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress.
Ethel Waters : Ethel Waters was one of the most popular African-American singers and actresses of the 1920s. She moved to New York in 1919 after touring in vaudeville shows as a singer and a dancer. She made her recording debut in 1921 on Cardinal records with The New York Glide and At the New Jump Steady Ball, but switched over to African-American owned Black Swan label, and recorded Down Home Blues and Oh Daddy the first Blues numbers for that company. She frequently sang with Fletcher Henderson during the early 1920s, but by the mid-1920s Waters had became more of a pop singer. She performed in a number of musical revues throughout the rest of the decade and appeared a couple of films, including Check and Double Check with Amos ‘n’ Andy and Duke Ellington.
Ethel Waters @Jazzateria : Ethel Waters was the first black Superstar…an innovator who opened all the theatrical doors hitherto closed to black performers of her day, to attain the towering position she reached as a headliner.
Ethel Waters@last.fm : As an Oscar-nominated American blues vocalist and actress, Ethel Waters was the second African American to ever be nominated for an Academy Award. Waters frequently performed jazz, big band, gospel and popular music on the Broadway stage and in concerts. Her best-known recording was her version of the spiritual song “His Eye is on the Sparrow”.
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