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The Shadow of Your Smile

Sarah Vaughan


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March 27, 1924 - April 3, 1990


Sarah Vaughan performs live in Sweden in 1967 accompanied by the "Bob James Trio."


Bob James, piano
Herbie Mickman, bass
Omar Clay, drums

Developing her love for singing and popular music as a child growing up in Newark, New Jersey Sarah Vaughan won a week's engagement at the Apollo Theater as the grand prize in a talent contest.

She opened for Ella Fitzgerald in April 1943 where she met Earl 'Father' Hines who hired her to tour with his big band on the spot.

She left Hine's band in 1944 accepting an invitation to join Billy Eckstine's new orchestra providing Sara with her very first opportunity to record.

After departing from the Eckstein assembly Sara Vaughan launched her solo career.

She began performing at New York clubs along 52nd Street before moving on to be featured regularly performing at Cafe Society the city's first integrated club.

Sarah scored several hits with Columbia but after recording on a number of labels she tired of being told what to sing and in 1954 switch to Mercury achieving her first gold record with "Broken Hearted Melody."

During the late 1950s she performed live at both the Newport Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall before embarking on a European tour.

Continuing to perform overseas she made her landmark 1960s recording "Sassy Swings the Tivol" live in Denmark with Quincy Jones.

She continued to perform an record would over well into the 1980s.

In 1988 Sarah Vaughan was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame.

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