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Sometimes doing the 'right' thing is a brave deed. kn The 50s Mocambo nightclub wouldn't book Ella Fitzgerald because she was black. Ella had a powerful & unlikely benefactor, Marilyn Monroe. “I owe Marilyn a debt. Because of her I played there. She called the owner, & told him she wanted me booked immediately. She took a front table every night. The press went crazy. I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was a woman, ahead of her time & she didn’t know it.” Ella Fitzgerald

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Pearl Bailey & husband jazz drummer Louis Bellson were married 38 years. Reportedly fell in love while sharing a cab.

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Nina Simone (1933-2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist and jazz musician

Robert F. Kennedy didn't accept his Attorney General pay either...he also donated it all to charity. These two *liberal* men actually lived their convictions.