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Maxine Nightingale

British soul singer Maxine Nightingale, best known in the U.S. for her 1970s hits "Lead Me On" and "Right Back Where We Started From" .

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British soul singer Maxine Nightingale in 1977. She's still looking and sounding fantastic today too!

British soul singer Maxine Nightingale, best known in the U.S. for her 1970s hits “Lead Me On” and “Right Back Where We Started From” (which, I must confess, I thought was Toni Tennille when I was a kid!) Ms. Nightingale is still performing today and looks absolutely fantastic.

British soul singer Maxine Nightingale, best known in the U.S. for her 1970s hits “Lead Me On” and “Right Back Where We Started From”. Ms. Nightingale is still performing today.

British soul singer Maxine Nightingale

British soul singer Maxine Nightingale, best known in the U.S. for her 1970s hits “Lead Me On” and “Right Back Where We Started From” (which, I must confess, I thought was Toni Tennille when I was a...

Willie Nelson, "Stardust" (1978)... Listen: http://grooveshark.com/s/Stardust/43JwUl?src=5

willie . . our soul brotha. . the original hippie cowboy!!!! {junk gypsy co - http://gypsyville.com/ }

Willie... Old Album Covers... Puffy colorful jackets... Love 'em all.

willie . . our soul brotha. . the original hippie cowboy!!!!

Ms. Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker-- peaced out and went to Paris to escape racist oppressive America in the 1920's. I think I'd figure out how to do the same thing.

Josephine Baker in1929 - Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was an American dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. She was given such nicknames as the "Bronze Venus", the "Black Pearl", and the "Créole Goddess". Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall.

Josephine Baker 1929::Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was an American dancer, singer and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. She was given such nicknames as the "Bronze Venus", the "Black Pearl", and the "Créole Goddess". Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, f...

Josephine Baker in1929 - Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was an American dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. She was given such nicknames as the Bronze Venus, the Black Pearl, and the Crole Goddess. Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, f... Product Placement Opportunity in The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 Women in Entertainment Gift Bag - http://www.cloud21.com/2/hollywood-reporters-power-100-women-entertainment-gift-bag-opportunity

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Josephine Baker #josephinebaker

Josephine Baker in1929 - Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was an American dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. She was given such nicknames as the "Bronze Venus", the "Black Pearl", and the "Créole Goddess". Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and for being the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de guerre. Baker was married and adopted 12 multi-ethnic orphans (she gave birth in 1941 to only one child who was stillborn). She was involved in many lesbian affairs, one with Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. On April 8, 1975, Baker starred in a retrospective revue at the Bobino in Paris, Joséphine à Bobino 1975, celebrating her 50 years in show business. The revue, financed by Prince Rainier, Princess Grace, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, opened to rave reviews. Four days later, Baker was found dead in her bed surrounded by newspapers with glowing reviews of her performance.

Hey loves, It's hard to believe that we are already in the month of February or Black History Month as it is commonly refereed to. This year I thought I would do something different and give you dolls a trip down fashion memory lane. The African American culture is richly embedded in the fashion world. There is no way we can talk about Beyonce, Solange, Rihanna and Kerry Washington without making mention to some of their influences like Josephine Baker, Diana Ross and Grace Jones. I swear I was born in the wrong era, there is something about vintage fashion that is so glamorous and inspiring. The fashion of today just does not embody that and I believe that is one of the reasons I enjoy thrifting as much as I do. Today I am sharing photos of the beautiful and graceful, Josephine Baker. She left her mark on the world in more ways than one. Most known for her risque costumes, glam style, over the top personality, her service in the French military and fight to help end segregation. She is also known for her infamous banana dance and costumes, which was recreated and made current a few years back by the Queen Bey. Here are a few of my fave shots of Ms. Baker  

Happy 82nd Birthday Toni Morrison!!! Chester Higgins, Jr. captured her here sometime in the 1970s. Photo: Getty.

Happy 82nd Birthday Toni Morrison!!! Chester Higgins, Jr. captured her here sometime in the 1970s. Photo: Getty. | best stuff

Toni Morrison captured here by Chester Higgins, Jr. sometime in the 1970s. Photo: Getty.

happy 82nd birthday to toni morrison!!! photo: chester higgins, jr.

Toni Morrison, 1970s // photo by Chester Higgins, Jr.

Toni Morrison| Photo: Chester Higgins, Jr.

Happy 82nd Birthday Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison 1970s.

Toni Morrison

Nancy Wilson of "Heart" - one of the best guitar rockers of her time along w/ siter Ann, the other (lead) singer.

Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson (born March 16, 1954) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She and her older sister Ann are the core of the rock band Heart.

Nancy Wilson of "Heart" - one of the best guitar rockers of her time along w/ siter Ann, the other (lead) singer...beautiful ladies!

Nancy Wilson of "Heart" - one of the best guitar rockers of her time along w/ siter Ann, the other (lead) singer. I was in high school choir with Ann and Nancy in Bellevue Washington

Nancy Wilson of the band "Heart" - considered to be one of the best guitar rockers of her time.

Nancy Wilson, Heart Ann best singer rock ever

Ann and Nancy Wilson - Heart

Nancy Wilson of Heart Rocks!

Nancy Wilson musician shoot

Ann Wilson of Heart (2014)

5th Dimension, "Wedding Bell Blues" (1969) - The only song that plays in my head as I ponder this historic moment . . . http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304070304577394332545729926.html . . . Listen: http://grooveshark.com/s/Wedding+Bell+Blues/24x01a?src=5

5th Dimension, "Wedding Bell Blues" (1969) - The only song that plays in my head as I ponder this historic moment . . . http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304070304577394332545729926.html . . . Listen: http://grooveshark.com/s/Wedding+Bell+Blues/24x01a?src=5

Lamonte McLemore pictured 2nd left ~ Born September 17, 1939 (age 76) in St. Louis, Missouri, US. Founding member of American popular music vocal group, The 5th Dimension, whose repertoire includes pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera and Broadway—the melange was coined as "Champagne Soul."

Glen Campbell, "Wichita Lineman" (1968) Listen. . . http://grooveshark.com/s/Wichita+Lineman/3R3DhK?src=5

Glen Campbell ~ My mother's favorite singer so I got to listen to him a lot. I still like "Wichita Lineman".

Glen Campbell (aka Glen Travis Campbell) (1936 - ) American country music singer, guitarist, television host, actor - Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame 2005

Glen Campbell (aka Glen Travis Campbell) (1936 - ) American country music singer, guitarist, television host, actor - Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame 2005 - Known for Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights: 1970s - In June 2011, Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimers disease six months earlier.

Glen Campbell (aka Glen Travis Campbell) (born: 1936) American country music singer, guitarist, television host, actor - Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame 2005 - Known for "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights": 1970s

Glen Campbell (1936 - ) American country music singer, guitarist, television host, actor

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Glen Campbell, Wichita Lineman (1968) Listen. . . grooveshark.com/...

Glen Campbell <3

Visit Biography.com to learn more about Glen Campbell, the country music star and film actor.

Dave Clark Five, "Catch Us if You Can" (1965) - The sleeve art says it all pretty much -- perfect snapshot of a western hemisphere gone completely mad for all things British and fab and Beatle-like. Listen: http://grooveshark.com/s/Catch+Us+If+You+Can/1X8Nsu?src=5

Dave Clark Five, "Catch Us if You Can" (1965) - The sleeve art says it all pretty much -- perfect snapshot of a western hemisphere gone completely mad for all things British and fab and Beatle-like.

Happy 72nd Birthday Aretha Franklin! #RESPECT

American musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. In a recording career that has spanned over half a century, Franklin's repertoire has included gospel, jazz, blues, R, pop, rock and funk.

Aretha Franklin "The Queen of Soul" an American singer and musician. Franklin has recorded a total of 88 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart's history. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in which she placed number 1.

Aretha Franklin's “Do Right” Glamour: The latest... | Vintage Black Glamour

"The Queen of Soul" during her Columbia record contract in the early 60s.

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin 1960's genre

Aretha Franklin - the Queen of Soul :)

Aretha Franklin. Seriously.

The Queen- Aretha Franklin

vintageblackglamour: “ Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right” Glamour: The latest installment of Vintage Black Glamour is up on EBONY.com! ”

Billie Holiday on stage during a jam session in March 1954. Photo: Apic/Getty Images.

- Billie Holiday - #Music #singer #Blues #Jazz #BillieHoliday #musician http://www.pinterest.com/TheHitman14/musician-bluesjazz-%2B/

Billie Holiday ~ March 1954 #music #jazz #vocal http://www.pinterest.com/TheHitman14/musician-bluesjazz-%2B/

Billie Holiday ~ http://www.pinterest.com/TheHitman14/musician-bluesjazz-%2B/

themaninthegreenshirt: Billie Holiday, 1954

Billie Holiday 1954.

vintageblackglamour: “Billie Holiday on stage during a jam session in March 1954. Photo: Apic/Getty Images. ”

Aretha Franklin

"Queen of Soul" Aretha Louise Franklin. In her career spanning over half a century she is represented in 7 genres; gospel, jazz, blues, R, pop, rock and funk and won 20 Grammys including 2 honorary Grammys; the Legend Award and the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Todays 60s hair & make up inspiration from the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin (born March 25, 1942). It's hard to believe she is 72 today.

"Don't say Aretha is making a comeback, cause I've never been away!" -Aretha Franklin (the queen) -Aretha Franklin

Happy 71st Birthday to the Queen of Soul! Aretha Franklin! Her voice and music have been a true inspiration. Love Her!!!

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin (born March 25, 1942).

Young Aretha Franklin: Already the Queen

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, then.

Aretha Franklin-Queen of soul

The Queen...Aretha Franklin.

Flip Wilson and Gail Fisher guest starring on an episode of “Love, American Style” called “Love and the Hustler.” This show aired one month before I was born, on September 29, 1969, but I definitely remember watching “Love, American Style” in repeats. I wonder if it still holds up today? Hmmm…. I’m sure most of you know the iconic comedian Flip Wilson, but Gail Fisher was an actress best known for her Emmy-winning role as Peggy Fair, secretary to

Flip Wilson and Gail Fisher on an episode of "Love, American Style" called "Love and the Hustler." This show aired, on September 29, 1969. I'm sure most of you know the iconic comedian Flip Wilson, but Gail Fisher was an actress best known for her Emmy-winning role as Peggy Fair, secretary to a detective, in the groundbreaking television series, "Mannix."

Flip Wilson and Gail Fisher (Mannix) in a scene from Love American Style. ...I used to LOVE that show.

Flip Wilson and Gail Fisher guest starring on an episode of "Love, American Style" called "Love and the Hustler."

Flip Wilson and Gail Fisher guest starring on an episode of “Love, American Style” called “Love and the Hustler.” This show aired on September 29, 1969, but I definitely remember watching “Love, American Style” in repeats. I wonder if it still holds up today? Hmmm…. I’m sure most of you know the iconic comedian Flip Wilson, but Gail Fisher was an actress best known for her Emmy-winning role as Peggy Fair, secretary to

Flip Wilson and Gail Fisher. Bam power

Flip Wilson and Gail Fisher

Love American Style

Flip Wilson and Gail Fisher guest starring on an episode of “Love, American Style” called “Love and the Hustler.” This show aired one month before I was born, on September 29, 1969, but I definitely...

Singer Minnie Riperton(mother of actress Maya Rudolph). RIP Ms. Riperton.

Minnie Riperton. (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979) an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You".She's the mother of actress--comedian Maya Rudolph. Minnie's voice was such a musical treasure to my generation. Perfect Angel was the album Lovin' You is from.

Minnie Riperton. (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979) an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You".

Just do it , big hair....big hat...and big stripes....loving your style...and sound...Lady Minnie..

Singer Minnie Riperton (mother of actress Maya Rudolph). RIP Ms. Riperton.

Minnie Riperton. fun fact: this is maya rudolph's mother.

back down memory lane #MinnieRipperton....I LUVie IT

Her style.....Minnie Riperton

forever minnie!

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Iconic soul singer Otis Redding waiting backstage at Hunter College in New York City in January 1967. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Corbis.

Otis Redding [1941-1967] 1/21/67 Birth of the Cool: 20 Black Style Pioneers: Style: GQ Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Corbis

Otis Redding (1941-67) was an American soul singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger & talent scout. He is considered one of the major figures in soul music and rhythm & blues, and one of the greatest singers in popular music.

“ Iconic soul singer Otis Redding waiting backstage at Hunter College in New York City in January 1967. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Corbis. ”

Iconic soul singer Otis Redding waiting backstage at Hunter College in New York City in January 1967.

Otis Redding 1941-1967 Singer Left: January 21, 1967, backstage at Hunter College, New York, NY

Otis Redding 1941-1967 Backstage at Hunter College, New York, NY

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Andre Leon Talley @OfficialALT and Diana Ross trip the light fantastic on New Year’s Eve 1979 at the infamous Studio 54. According to WWD - Women’s Wear Daily, who “caught the whole “misheagas” on film Ms. Ross “slipped on the glitter-covered floor, nearly taking down her towering dance partner.” Apparently, Mr. Talley is in talks for his own late-night talk show and, as a former Conde Naster and unabashed ALT fan, I really need that to happen. Photo: WW

Andre Leon Talley and Diana Ross trip the light fantastic on New Year’s Eve 1979 at the infamous Studio 54.

Studio 54 - Andre Leon Talley (who started as Warhol’s assistant and is who became KING of the fashion world) and Diana Ross in Studio 54, New Years Eve party 1978-1979.

Diana Ross and Andre Leon Talley dancing at Studio 54 in the 70s. It's hard to imagine him out of a caftan.

Andre Leon Talley and Diana Ross trip the light fantastic on New Year's Eve 1979 at the infamous Studio 54. According to WWD - Women's Wear Daily, who "caught the whole "misheagas" on film Ms. Ross "slipped on the glitter-covered floor, nearly taking down her towering dance partner." Apparently, Mr. Talley is in talks for his own late-night talk show and, as a former Conde Naster and unabashed ALT fan, I really need that to happen. Photo: WWD Archive/Corbis.

Diana Ross and Andre Leon Talley dancing at Studio 54 in the 1970s. This is everything.

Andre Leon Talley and Diana Ross dancing the night away. New Years eve 1979

Andre Leon Talley & Diana Ross at Studio 54 New Years Eve party 1978-1979.

Andre Leon Talley and Diana Ross dancing at Studio 54 in the 1970s.

Diana Ross and Andre Leon Talley! #studio54days

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Miriam Makeba (by Jürgen Schadeberg). Zenzile Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist.

Miriam Makeba, affectionately called "Mama Africa". Her version of 'Mbube' song, known to most audiences as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" "Wimba Way" or "Wimoweh" is the best version by FAR.

Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist. In the 1960s she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music in the U.S. and around the world

Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008) nicknamed 'Mama Africa', was a Grammy award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist.

"Mama Africa" South African Activist and Grammy-award winner Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 10 November 2008), was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist.

Mama Africa aka Miriam Makeba. The singer and civil rights activist. #music #style #fashion #activist

South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) photographed in 1955 by German photographer Jürgen Schadeberg (b.1931). via the photographer's site

Miriam Makeba, affectionately called "Mama Africa", South African singer & civil rights activist. The first African Grammy winner, she was first to popularize African music in the US & around the world. She also protested apartheid, leading the SA government to revoke her citizenship. She is best known for songs Pata Pata & The Click Song.

Miriam Makeba "Mama Africa" (4 March 1932 - 9 November 2008) a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist. [Photo courtesy of Jorgen Schadeberg]

American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist: Eunice Kathleen Waymon "NINA SIMONE" (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003) IMAGE: Nina Simone performing at Ronnie Scott's, London 9 January 1984.

https://flic.kr/p/812yjx | Nina Simone by David Corio, Artists Open House 15-16 May 11am - 6pm 3 Old School Buildings, St. Clement's Yard, Archdale Road, East Dulwich | Nina Simone performing at Ronnie Scott's, London 9 January 1984

American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist: Eunice Kathleen Waymon "NINA SIMONE" (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003) IMAGE: Nina Simone performing at Ronnie Scott's, London 9 January 1984. My favorite Nina songs: "Feeling Good" and "Sinnerman" from the movie The Thomas Crown Affair.

Nina Simone performing at Ronnie Scott's, London, 1984.

Eva Green American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist: Eunice Kathleen Waymon "NINA SIMONE" (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003) IMAGE: Nina Simone performing at Ronnie Scott's, London 9 January 1984. trumpet photo by Jess Gough

Chris Hemsworth, yum American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist: Eunice Kathleen Waymon "NINA SIMONE" (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003) IMAGE: Nina Simone performing at Ronnie Scott's, London 9 January 1984. My favorite Nina songs: "Feeling Good" and "Sinnerman" from the movie The Thomas Crown Affair. He's so much more handsome now! Alain Delon and Jane Fonda on a boat on the French Riviera filming 'Les Félins', 1963.

Olsen Twins fashion celebrity olsen twins Click here to download Country music artist Click here to download American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist: Eunice Kathleen Waymon "NINA SIMONE" (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003) IMAGE: Nina Simone performing at Ronnie Scott's, London 9 January 1984. Click here to download Breakfast at Tiffany's Click here to download

The Smiths - Panic Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walking (1966) #music #video American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist: Eunice Kathleen Waymon "NINA SIMONE" (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003) IMAGE: Nina Simone performing at Ronnie Scott's, London 9 January 1984. WILLIE NELSON - Bridge Over Troubled Water. LOVE his version of this song.

Lena Horne by Philippe Halsmann in 1954. She was never a big fan of her own singing voice and always talked about how much she wanted to sing like Aretha Franklin. She told Ebony in 1968, "... I suppose all the years that I disciplined myself to keep in control and not show my feelings... I couldn't express that feeling. But she is so free and feminine and warm and you know that she has put no barrier in front of her... She makes me glad I'm a woman."

"Vintage Black Glamour" Tumblr Favorites - Lena Horne, photographed as she sang by Philippe Halsmann in 1954. Photo: Magnum Photos

Lena Horne | 1954. 1943 She told Newsweek magazine that she was still "learning to sing. Aretha - sings "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, She is so free, feminine, warm and you know that she has put no barrier in front of her. She is sending out everything I think is best in a black woman: pride, warmth, the knowledge that at this young time in her life she is free in herself.

Lena Horne, photographed as she sang by Philippe Halsmann in 1954. Ms. Horne was never a big fan of her own singing voice. In 1943, she told...

Lena Horne, photographed as she sang by Philippe Halsmann in 1954. Ms. Horne was never a big fan of her own singing voice. In 1943, she told Newsweek magazine that she was still “learning to sing,” and she would later tell many interviewers how much she loved Aretha Franklin and wanted to sing like her.

Lena Horne, photographed while singing. Philippe Halsmann, 1954 [(dark)Homework: Figure LENA HORNE for tomorrow.] *the first black woman to receive a major contract with a film studio! I ask, what is HER EMPIRICAL FORMULA?!

Lena Horne, photographed as she sang by Philippe Halsmann in 1954.  Photo: Magnum Photos.

vintageblackglamour: Lena Horne, photographed as she sang by Philippe Halsmann in 1954. Ms. Horne was never a big fan of her own singing voice. In 1943, she told Newsweek magazine that she was still “learning to sing,&#8221; and she would later tell many interviewers how much she loved Aretha Franklin and wanted to sing like her. She told Ebony in 1968, “Now Aretha - she sings a song called “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,&#8221; and I suppose all the years that I disciplined myself ...

Lena Horne, 1954 (courtesy of Vintage Black Glamour)

Lena Horne, photographed as she sang by Philippe Halsmann in 1954. Ms. Horne was never a big fan of her own singing voice. In 1943, she told Newsweek magazine that she was still “learning to sing,” and she would later tell many interviewers how much she loved Aretha Franklin and wanted to sing like her. She told Ebony in 1968, “Now Aretha - she sings a song called “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” and I suppose all the years that I disciplined myself to keep in control and not show my feelings, the way I many times resented an audience or the way I sometimes had been angered by something that had happened, I couldn’t express that feeling. But she is so free and feminine and warm and you know that she has put no barrier in front of her. She isn’t pleading or begging to the audience. She isn’t even denying them. She is pouring out this freedom. If they want it - there it is and just the look of people’s faces when they listen to her shows that she is sending out such warmth, she is sending out everything I think is best in a black woman: pride, warmth, the knowledge that at this young time in her life she is free in herself. She has made no compromises to hide what she was or to change it, or to put it in a stylized frame. She is just herself. She makes me glad I’m a woman. She makes me feel warmer toward people. And it’s very hard in this business to be feminine.” Photo: Magnum Photos.

Leontyne Price (born 1927) by Bradley Phillips (1929-1991).Regardless of their talents, African American singers were for years generally barred from performing with this country's more prestigious opera companies. In 1952, when audiences experienced the rich voice of Mississippi-born soprano Leontyne Price in a revival of Porgy and Bess, it became clear that this long-standing barrier would soon be breached.

Opera Diva Leontyne Price. Artist, Bradley Phillips (1929-1991) Oil on canvas, 1963 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Legendary opera phenomenon Leontyne Price (1927- )born Mary Violet Leontyne Price. Born and raised in the Deep South, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera.

Leontyne Price (born 1927) by Bradley Phillips (1929-1991).Regardless of their talents, African American singers were for years generally barred from performing with the more prestigious opera companies. In 1952, when audiences experienced the rich voice of Mississippi-born soprano Leontyne Price in a revival of Porgy and Bess, it became clear that this long-standing barrier would soon be breached.

Leontyne Price (Oil on Canvas by Bradley Phillips - National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian)

Leontyne Price, 1963. First African American opera singer to appear at the Metropolitan, NYC

Opera singer Leontyne Price (born 1927) by Bradley Phillips (1929-1991)

Legendary opera phenomenon Leontyne Price. Follow #Professionalimage

Leontyne Price (born 1927) Bradley Phillips (1929-1991) Oil on canvas, 1963 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Regardless of their talents, African American singers were for years generally barred from performing with this country's more prestigious opera companies. In 1952, when audiences experienced the rich voice of Mississippi-born soprano Leontyne Price in a revival of Porgy and Bess, it became clear that this long-standing barrier would soon be breached. In the years following, Price's performances with opera companies both here and in Europe drew floods of unqualified praise. With her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1961, she had clearly become American opera's first black superstar. One critic who heard her on that occasion declared her performance "virtually without flaws." This portrait is one of many that the New York artist Bradley Phillips painted of Price. Phillips once indicated that his fascination with her stemmed partly from his awe at how she had negotiated the country's racial politics to reach the top of her profession. But he was mainly riveted by the sheer magnitude of her talent. Seeing her appear onstage, Phillips said, "it was as if . . . she had switched the lights on."

Louis Armstrong on the set of High Society, 1956. Photo by Bob Willoughby.

Louis Armstrong. 1901 – 1971. 69; nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance.

Louis Armstrong, Trumpeter, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Wikipedia Born: August 4, 1901, New Orleans, LA Spouse: Lucille Wilson (m. 1942–1971), More Awards: Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, More

Louis Armstrong (8/4/1901 - 7/6/1971) American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Louis Armstrong. August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971) nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. I love him

۞ Louis Armstrong, 1901–197, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music. He was also skilled at scat singing. The influence of Armstrong on the development of jazz is virtually immeasurable. Armstrong died of a heart attack in his sleep in 1971 at the age of 69.

Louis Armstrong (1901 – 1971) was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and an influential figure in jazz music. Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong died of a heart attack in his sleep on July 6, 1971, a month before his 70th birthday.

what a wonderful world #LouisArmstrong.....I LUVie IT

Louis Armstrong, one of my favorite jazz musicians!

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

Mabel Mercer (1900-1984) photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 22, 1952. Ms. Mercer was one of the most influential singers of all time, influencing masters like Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Leontyne Price and Frank Sinatra who once said, “Mabel Mercer taught me everything I know.” Born in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, she sang at Bricktop’s fabled Paris nightclub in the 1920s & 1930s. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Mabel Mercer (1900-1984) photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 22, 1952. Ms. Mercer was one of the most influential singers of all time. Born in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, she sang at Bricktop’s fabled Paris nightclub in the 1920s & 1930s.

Mabel Mercer, photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 22, 1952 was one of the most influential singers of all time, influencing masters like Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Leontyne Price, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra who once said, “Mabel Mercer taught me everything I know.” Born in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. She died at the age of 84 in 1984 in Massachusetts.

Mabel Mercer (1900-1984) photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 22nd 1952. Mercer was one of the most influential singers of all time. Frank Sinatra once said, “Mabel Mercer taught me everything I know.” Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

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Mabel Mercer (1900-1984) photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 22, 1952. Ms. Mercer was one of the most influential singers of all time, influencing masters like Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Leontyne Price and Frank Sinatra who once said, “Mabel Mercer taught me everything I know.” Born in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, she sang at Bricktop’s fabled Paris nightclub in the 1920s 1930s. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

#BlackBritish brothers and sisters, I bring you the great Mabel Mercer, photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 22, 1952. Ms. Mercer was one of the most influential singers of all time, influencing masters like Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Leontyne Price, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra who once said, “Mabel Mercer taught me everything I know.” According to show biz legend, Billie Holiday almost lost her job for sneaking across the street one too many times to hear Ms. Mercer sing. Born to...

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#BlackBritish brothers and sisters, I bring you the great Mabel Mercer, photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 22, 1952. Ms. Mercer was one of the most influential singers of all time, influencing...