Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sarah Vaughn: “Perdido” (1955)

This is Sarah Vaughn (1924 – 1990) singing Perdido in 1955 at the Rhythm and Blues Revue, a musical variety show filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

She entered a talent contest at the Apollo Theater in 1942 at age 18, sang "Body and Soul," and won. She was spotted by singer Billy Eckstine, who recommended her to Earl Hines, a bandleader with a remarkable ear for talent, who hired her as his band's relief pianist as well as singer. She sang "Misty," "Tenderly," "All of Me," and made dozens of other classic jazz recordings with Count Basie, Cannonball Adderly, Lester Young, and Oscar Peterson. Her hits include "It's Magic," "Send in the Clowns," and "I Cried for You."

Today (March 27) is the birthday of Sarah Vaughan.

"Perdido" is Spanish and simply means "lost". The song refers to the resort town of Perdido in the Florida keys. The jazz-song has become a standard for many performers.

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