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Overview (5)

Born in Newark, New Jersey, USA
Died in Hidden Hills, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameSarah Lois Vaughan
Nicknames Sassy
The Divine One
The Velvet Fox
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sarah Vaughan was born March 27, 1924 in Newark, NJ, and died April 3, 1990, in Los Angeles of lung cancer. Her parents were Asbury, a carpenter, and Ada, a laundress. She began studying music when she was seven, taking eight years of piano lessons and two years of organ. As a child she sang in the choir at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Newark and played piano and organ in high school productions at Arts High School. She entered an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in New York's Harlem area, singing "Body and Soul", and won the $10 prize and a week's engagement at the Apollo. From 1944 to 1945, she sang with Billy Eckstine and in 1947 she married her manager, trumpeter George Treadwell. Her later husbands included pro football player Clyde Atkins and trumpeter Waymon Reed. She received many awards, including an Emmy in 1981 for a tribute to George Gershwin and a Grammy in 1983.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mike McKinley <> (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Family (2)

Spouse Waymon Reed (1978 - 1981)  (divorced)
Marshall Fisher (1971 - 1977)  (divorced)
Clyde B. Atkins (4 September 1958 - 1963)  (divorced)  (1 child)
George Treadwell (16 September 1946 - 1957)  (divorced)
Children Paris Vaughan

Trivia (14)

Ranked #50 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982.
Was an honorary member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 854-856. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
She was nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording on July 31, 1985, at 1724 Vine St.
Following her death, she was interred at Glendale Cemetery (Crestwood Section, Lot 2 Grave 3) in Bloomfield, NJ.
She was inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
She was a lifelong Democrat and during the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration was a frequent guest singer at The White House.
She and Clyde B. Atkins adopted a daughter in 1961, whom they named Deborah Lois (now Paris Vaughan).
Pictured on a nondenominated USA 'forever' commemorative postage stamp in the Music Icons series, issued 29 March 2016. Price on day of issue was 49¢. The first-day-of-issue ceremony was held in the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall at Newark Symphony Hall, Newark, New Jersey (Vaughan's hometown).
She has a street named after her in Newark, New Jersey.
Friends with Betty Carter, and Errol Garner.
She is referenced in "The Simpsons" episode, "The Sound of Bleeding Gums" (Season 33, Episode 34).

Personal Quotes (8)

There are notes between notes, you know.
I've always been a Democrat, it runs in my family.
Judy Garland was the singer I most wanted to sound like then, not to copy but to get some of her soul and purity. A wonderful young voice.
They always ask me the same questions. Where was I born? When did I start singing? Who have I worked with? I don't understand why they can't just talk to me without all that question bit.
When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulder and I don't even notice.
There's a category for me. I like to be referred to as a good singer of good songs in good taste.
My dream is to do whatever I want without any interference from the record company.
I dig Doris Day.

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