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Great Jazz Vocalists

written by: shimonbentzvi
A second very difficult quiz on some of the greatest jazz singers.

Question 1:

This great Chicago-born singer was married to Max Roach and sang on his famous "We Insist!-Freedom Now Suite." She appeared in such movies as "For the Love of Ivy” and "Nothing but a Man." One of her signature songs is "Buddy Can You Spare a Dime?".
Abbey Lincoln
Carmen McRae
Billie Homiday
Dinah Washington

Question 2:

This great singer, born in Kentucky in 1925, appeared in the film "White Christmas." Some of her signature songs are: "Come on a My House," "Tenderly," and “Hey There." A star in her own right, she has a famous son named Miguel and a famous nephew named George.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 3:

Which Canadian jazz singer and pianist married Elvis Costello in 2003?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 4:

Orson Welles called this singer "the most exciting girl in the world.” Her signature songs include: "C'Est Si Bon," "Mink Schmink," and the very sexy "Santa Baby." Her criticism of the Vietnam War made Lady Bird Johnson cry. What is her name?
Eartha Kitt
Diane Schur
Jane Fonda
Abbey Lincoln

Question 5:

One of the most important American jazz singers of the 20th century, she was discovered by Teddy Wilson. She was famous for her "behind the beat" type of phrasing and for her renditions of Thelonius Monk songs.
Abbey Lincoln
Dinah Washington
Carmen McRae
Billy Holiday

Question 6:

This real beauty was born in Brooklyn in 1917. Her first mentors were Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. A great singer and actress, she appeared in "Panama Hattie," "Cabin in the Sky” and "Show Boat." Her signature song is "Stormy Weather."
Ella Fitzgerald
Sarah Vaughan
Lena Horne
Billie Holiday

Question 7:

This great singer and actress who lived from 1896-1977 was the first African-American to star on a national radio show. She was sometimes called "Sweet Mama Stringbean."
Abbey Lincoln
Ethel Waters
Sarah Vaughan
Billie Holiday

Question 8:

What jazz singer better known as Mama Corleone from "The Godfather" first hit the big time with her 1964 album "A Taste of Honey?”
Diana King
J. P. Morgan
Helen Morgan
Morgana King

Question 9:

This soft -voiced Dakota-born singer was discovered by Benny Goodman. Her most famous song is "Fever."
Betty Carter
Morgana King
Cleo Laine
Peggy Lee

Question 10:

Born in the UK, this this singing beauty was discovered by her husband John Dankworth. She sang and acted on the British stage with Robert Morley and Ruth Gordon. She recorded "Porgy and Bess” with Ray Charles.
Cleo Laine
Betty Carter
Peggy Lee
Betsy Everett

Question 11:

This Michigan-born jazz great was never as popular as other vocalists but was admired by her peers. Her signature song was “Open the Door," her own composition and a song featured in the movie "American Beauty." She died in 1998 at the age of 69.
Diane Schuur
Etta Jones
Betty Carter
Etta James

Question 12:

Born in Oklahoma in 1903, this jazz singer nicknamed "Mr. Five by Five" was best known for his work with the Basie Band from 1935-1950.
Arnie Ross
Johnny Hammond
Jimmy Rushing
Jackie Layne

Question 13:

This singer was called "The Queen of the blues." She was born Ruth Lee Jones in Alabama in 1924 and her career began at age 15. She changed her name and developed a distinctive singing style. Her most popular hit was "What a Difference a Day Made.”
Ella Fitzgerald
Dinah Washington
Billie Holiday
Etta James

Question 14:

Which vocalist with a remarkably smooth baritone voice was known for the songs "I Apologize," "Prisoner of Love," and "My Foolish Heart?”
Johnny Hammond
Mel Torme
Jimmy Rushing
Billy Eckstine


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