1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Sarah Vaughan (born March 27, 1924)
Famous EASY-POP hit during the 50s: Make Yourself Comfortable 1954
Sarah Vaughan also had hits with Whatever Lola Wants in 1955, Mister Wonderful in 1956, and Broken-Hearted Melody in 1959.
Recording career on the charts: 1947-1966 Record Labels: Columbia & Mercury
Sarah Lois Vaughan was born in Newark, New Jersey, studied piano, and before she was twenty, won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater with a sizzling rendition of Body and Soul. Ella Fitzgerald called her the world’s ‘greatest singing talent.’ During a career that spanned nearly fifty years, she was a singer’s singer, influencing everyone from Mel Torme to Anita Baker. The suppleness of her voice was shaded by a luscious timbre—she was the incomparable ‘Sassy’ Sarah Vaughan. As is typical of a jazz-derived popular artist, much of her work has been in a jazz context, but she was also extremely commercial in a pop setting. In the early fifties she enlarged her audience, recording show tunes Whatever Lola Wants from ‘Damn Yankees’ and the title song from ‘Mr. Wonderful.’ Her three-octave range, with its swooping highs and sensual lows could be moody, misty, or swinging. Her songs work on many levels and she ends up taller than her material. Sarah Vaughan died in 1990 at age sixty-six.