Wikipedia : This day (September 1, 1977), in Chatsworth, California, died Ethel Waters, an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress.
Ethel Waters : 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.
@Jazzateria : 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.
@last.fm : As an Oscar-nominated American blues vocalist and actress, 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.