American Female Jazz Singers

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 1 Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper.
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: June 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City

Cyndi Lauper is an American singer-songwriter, activist, and actress. Apart from her distinctive appearance, Lauper is also known for her achievements; having won three of the four major entertainment awards (Grammy, Emmy, Tony), she is consistently named in lists like 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. Cyndi Lauper is also celebrated for her humanitarian work and charitable efforts.

 2 Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald.
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Famous As: Jazz Singer
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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 3 Cybill Lynne Shepherd

Cybill Lynne Shepherd.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Cybill Shepherd is best known for her roles in films such as The Heartbreak Kid, Taxi Driver, and Alice. Fans also loved her for her Golden Globe-winning portrayals of Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes in the series Moonlighting and Cybill Sheridan in the sitcom Cybill. She is a follower of goddess-worshipping Paganism.

 4 Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

 5 Lena Horne

Lena Horne.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant
Died: May 9, 2010

Lena Horne was an American singer, actress, dancer, and civil rights activist. Horne's 70-year acting career was embellished with several prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards. Her life and career were depicted in many stage shows, where she was portrayed by actresses like Leslie Uggams, Nikki Crawford, and Ryan Jillian.

 6 Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chattanooga
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.

 7 Della Reese

Della Reese.
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: July 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Black Bottom, Detroit
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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 8 Macy Gray

Macy Gray
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States

 9 Gwen Verdon

Gwen Verdon.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States
Died: October 18, 2000

Four-time Tony-winning actor Gwen Verdon is remembered for her SAG-nominated performance in Marvin’s Room. She was known for her signature red hair and her love for cats. She was nominated for Emmys for the series Magnum, P.I., Dream On, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She inspired the series Fosse/Verdon.

 10 Sunny Ozell

Sunny Ozell
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reno, Nevada, U.S.

 11 Linda Purl

Linda Purl
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

 12 Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died: October 4, 1970

Best known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice, Janis Joplin was one of the most successful rock stars of her era. Before dying at the age of 27, she achieved so much that Rolling Stone magazine included her in its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list in 2004 and 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2008.

 13 Nina Simone

Nina Simone.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tryon
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.

 14 Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack.
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Famous As: Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 10, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Black Mountain, North Carolina

 15 Leslie Uggams

Leslie Uggams.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

 16 Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA
Died: October 9, 1973

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American recording artist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Characterized by a mixture of electric guitar and spiritual lyrics, Tharpe's music played an influential role in the development of rock and roll. Her music influenced several rock-and-roll musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry. She is often referred to as the Godmother of rock and roll.

 17 Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 26, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jamestown, North Dakota, United States
Died: January 21, 2002

 18 Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 3, 1990

 19 Phyllis Hyman

Phyllis Hyman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: June 30, 1995

 20 Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee
Died: September 20, 2014

 21 Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: April 8, 1997

 22 Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Died: December 14, 1963

 23 Patty Andrews

Patty Andrews
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 16, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mound, Minnesota, United States
Died: January 13, 2013

 24 Deana Martin

Deana Martin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 25 Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 26 Kate Smith

Kate Smith
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenville, Virginia, USA
Died: June 17, 1986

 27 Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 28 Celeste

Celeste
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 29 Valarie Pettiford

Valarie Pettiford
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA

 30 Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tul'chyn, Ukraine
Died: February 9, 1966

 31 Jo Stafford

Jo Stafford.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 12, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coalinga, California, United States
Died: July 16, 2008

 32 Hazel Scott

Hazel Scott
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: June 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port au Spain, Trinidad
Died: October 2, 1981

 33 Renee Olstead

Renee Olstead
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas U.S.

 34 Phoebe Snow

Phoebe Snow
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: April 26, 2011

 35 Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
Died: November 17, 2006

 36 Blossom Dearie

Blossom Dearie
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Famous As: Jazz musician
Birthdate: April 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Durham, New York, United States
Died: February 7, 2009

 37 Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: August 14, 2010

 38 Carmen McRae

Carmen McRae
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Famous As: Pianist, Actor, Jazz musician, Singer
Birthdate: April 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 10, 1994

 39 Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent
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Famous As: Jazz musician, Singer, Radio personality
Birthdate: March 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: City of Orange Township

 40 Teresa Brewer

Teresa Brewer
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio
Died: October 17, 2007

 41 Betty Carter

Betty Carter
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Died: September 26, 1998

 42 Dolores Gray

Dolores Gray
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 26, 2002

 43 Helen O'Connell

Helen O'Connell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lima, Ohio, United States
Died: September 9, 1993

 44 Mildred Bailey

Mildred Bailey
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 27, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tekoa, Washington, United States
Died: December 12, 1951

 45 Thelma Carpenter

Thelma Carpenter
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 14, 1997

 46 Barbara Hendricks

Barbara Hendricks
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stephens, Arkansas, United States

 47 Ella Mae Morse

Ella Mae Morse
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mansfield, Texas, United States
Died: October 16, 1999

 48 Chris Connor

Chris Connor
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: August 29, 2009

 49 Susannah McCorkle

Susannah McCorkle
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Died: May 19, 2001

 50 Patricia Barber

Patricia Barber
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lisle, Illinois, United States