Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan

The Devine One.

Founded

March 27, 1924 in Newark, New Jersey

Full Name

Date of Birth

March 27, 1924 in Newark, New Jersey

Still Alive

Date of Death

April 3, 1990 in Hidden Hills, California

Later Influenced

Carmen McRae, Dianne Reeves, Anita Baker

Sarah Vaughan at Café Society in New York City, circa August 1946
Sarah Vaughan at Café Society in New York City, circa August 1946

About The artist

Along with Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, the Divine One completes the holy trinity of female jazz singers. Sarah Vaughan was one of the first singers to fully incorporate bop phrasing in her singing. Ella Fitzgerald called her the world’s “greatest singing talent.”

Did you know...

Sarah Vaughan's first husband, George Treadwell was the manager of the Doo-Wop group The Drifters and the R&B singer Ruth Brown.

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Genres from this era

Rhythm & Blues

Rhythm & Blues

The big bands get smaller and grittier.

BeBop

BeBop

Jazz music moves off the dance floor.

Rock & Roll

Rock & Roll

The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th-century.

Doo-Wop

Doo-Wop

Rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.