American Female Jazz Singers

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Billie Holiday
(One of the Greatest Jazz Singers from the 1930s to the 1950s)
Billie Holiday
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Birthdate: April 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 17, 1959
Jazz legend Billie Holiday had a tumultuous childhood and ended up in prison due to prostitution. Upon her release, at 14, she started singing using her pseudonym and performed at sold-out Carnegie Hall shows. Nicknamed Lady Day, she was riddled with alcohol and drug issues. She won four posthumous Grammys.
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Ella Fitzgerald
(Jazz Singer Who was Noted for Her Purity of Tone and Impeccable Diction)
Ella Fitzgerald
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Birthdate: April 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, United States
Died: June 15, 1996

Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer. Referred to as the Queen of Jazz, First Lady of Song, and Lady Ella, Fitzgerald was renowned for her impeccable diction, purity of tone, timing, and intonation. The winner of Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts, Fitzgerald's legacy lives on several years after her death.

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Norah Jones
(One of the Best-Selling Jazz Artists & Daughter of Indian Sitarist and Composer Ravi Shankar)
Norah Jones
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Birthdate: March 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Norah Jones is an American singer, pianist, and songwriter. Having sold over 50 million records worldwide, Jones is one of the most successful and best-selling singers of her generation. She was ranked 60th on the artists of the 2000s decade list published by Billboard magazine. Norah Jones has won several prestigious awards including multiple Grammy Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

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Bessie Smith
(One of the Greatest Female Blues Singers of the 1930s)
Bessie Smith
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Birthdate: April 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 26, 1937

Bessie Smith was an American singer who gained popularity during the Jazz Age. Dubbed the Empress of the Blues, Smith was one of the most famous blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s. Counted among the greatest singers of her generation, Bessie Smith was a major influence on several other singers. Her life and work inspired the TV film Bessie.

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Linda Purl
(Actress)
Linda Purl
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Birthdate: September 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
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Della Reese
(Known for Her 1959 Hit Single 'Don't You Know?' and Her Role in the TV Series 'Touched by an Angel')
Della Reese
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Birthdate: July 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Black Bottom, Detroit, United States
Died: November 19, 2017
Jazz and gospel singer and actor Della Reese, who was also an ordained minister, gained fame with tracks such as Don't You Know? and Some of her best-known films were Harlem Nights and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. She played Tess in the series Touched by an Angel
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Macy Gray
(Singer-songwriter)
Macy Gray
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Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
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Roberta Flack
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Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States
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Peggy Lee
(Singer)
Peggy Lee
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Birthdate: May 26, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jamestown, North Dakota, United States
Died: January 21, 2002
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Patty Andrews
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Birthdate: February 16, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mound, Minnesota, United States
Died: January 13, 2013
 11 
Rachael MacFarlane
(Voice actress who became known for her voice work on shows like Codename: Kids Next Door, Family Guy, and American Dad)
Rachael MacFarlane
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Birthdate: March 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kent, Connecticut, United States
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Sunny Ozell
(Singer-Songwriter)
Sunny Ozell
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Birthdate: December 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reno, Nevada, U.S.
 13 
Laura Nyro
(Songwriter)
Laura Nyro
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Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: April 8, 1997
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Nina Simone
(One of the Most Influential Musical Artists of the 20th Century)
Nina Simone
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Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tryon, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 21, 2003

Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a pioneering recording artist whose career was characterized by improvisational genius and fits of outrage. Nina continues to be an important musician and has influenced several artists like Elton John, Adele, David Bowie, Madonna, and Aretha Franklin. She was also a civil rights activist.

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Deana Martin
(Singer)
Deana Martin
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Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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Nancy Wilson
(Notable for Her Single ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am')
Nancy Wilson
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Birthdate: February 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chillicothe, Ohio, United States
Died: December 13, 2018
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Phyllis Hyman
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Birthdate: July 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: June 30, 1995
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Sarah Vaughan
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Birthdate: March 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 3, 1990
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Rickie Lee Jones
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Birthdate: November 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
 20 
Dinah Washington
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Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Died: December 14, 1963
 21 
Kate Smith
(Singer)
Kate Smith
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Birthdate: May 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenville, Virginia, USA
Died: June 17, 1986
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Celeste
(Singer)
Celeste
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Birthdate: May 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Celeste is an American-British singer-songwriter who became the fifth artist to win the Rising Star Award and top the BBC's Sound of poll in the same year in 2019. Considered one of the finest singers of her generation, Celeste is also admired for her fashion sense. In 2020, she was featured in one of the Top 10 lists by Elle.

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Valarie Pettiford
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Birthdate: July 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA
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Keely Smith
(Jazz Singer Who Released Hits Like ‘That Old Black Magic’ and ‘I Wish You Love’)
Keely Smith
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Birthdate: March 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: December 16, 2017
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Meshell Ndegeocello
(Singer-songwriter)
Meshell Ndegeocello
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Birthdate: August 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
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Phoebe Snow
(Singer-songwriter)
Phoebe Snow
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Birthdate: July 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: April 26, 2011
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Hazel Scott
(Jazz Pianist)
Hazel Scott
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Birthdate: June 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port au Spain, Trinidad
Died: October 2, 1981
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Renee Olstead
(Actress)
Renee Olstead
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Birthdate: June 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas U.S.
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Rachael Price
(Singer, Musician)
Rachael Price
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Birthdate: August 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Ruth Brown
(Singer-songwriter)
Ruth Brown
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Birthdate: January 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Died: November 17, 2006
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Annie Ross
(Singer, Actress)
Annie Ross
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Birthdate: July 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mitcham, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 21, 2020
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Blossom Dearie
(Jazz musician)
Blossom Dearie
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Birthdate: April 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Durham, New York, United States
Died: February 7, 2009
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Sophie Tucker
(American Comedian, Actress, Singer, and Radio Personality)
Sophie Tucker
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Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tul'chyn, Ukraine
Died: February 9, 1966
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Teresa Brewer
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Birthdate: May 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio
Died: October 17, 2007
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Abbey Lincoln
(Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Civil Rights Activist)
Abbey Lincoln
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Birthdate: August 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: August 14, 2010
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Carmen McRae
(One of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century)
Carmen McRae
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Birthdate: April 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: November 10, 1994
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Kay Starr
(Singer)
Kay Starr
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Birthdate: July 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dougherty, Oklahoma, United States
Died: November 3, 2016
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Stacey Kent
(Jazz musician, Singer, Radio personality)
Stacey Kent
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Birthdate: March 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: City of Orange Township
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Betty Carter
(Singer)
Betty Carter
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Birthdate: May 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Died: September 26, 1998
 40 
Dolores Gray
(Actress)
Dolores Gray
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Birthdate: June 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 26, 2002
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Helen O'Connell
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Birthdate: May 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lima, Ohio, United States
Died: September 9, 1993
 42 
Mildred Bailey
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Birthdate: February 27, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tekoa, Washington, United States
Died: December 12, 1951
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Thelma Carpenter
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Birthdate: January 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 14, 1997
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Ella Mae Morse
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Birthdate: September 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mansfield, Texas, United States
Died: October 16, 1999
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Barbara Hendricks
(American Concert Singer and Operatic Soprano)
Barbara Hendricks
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Birthdate: November 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stephens, Arkansas, United States

Barbara Hendricks is an American concert singer and operatic soprano. She has performed at major opera houses all over the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House, and La Scala. Barbara Hendricks also performs jazz music and has performed at popular jazz festivals around the world.

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Patricia Barber
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Birthdate: November 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lisle, Illinois, United States
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Chris Connor
(Singer)
Chris Connor
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Birthdate: November 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: August 29, 2009
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Susannah McCorkle
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Birthdate: January 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Died: May 19, 2001
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Marion Montgomery
(Singer, Musician)
Marion Montgomery
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Birthdate: November 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Natchez, Mississippi, United States
Died: July 22, 2002
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China Moses
(Singer)
China Moses
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Birthdate: January 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States