Lena horne lena sings your requests - Porgy and Bess (Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne album.

    The song was included in the 2015 Broadway musical An American In Paris based on the 1951 movie of same name . [2]

    Ms. Horne first achieved fame in the 1940s, became a nightclub and recording star in the 1950s and made a triumphant return to the spotlight with a one-woman Broadway show in 1981. She might have become a major movie star, but she was born 50 years too early: she languished at MGM for years because of her race, although she was so light-skinned that when she was a child other black children had taunted her, accusing her of having a “white daddy.”

    The first prominent blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She gained the title “Empress of the Blues” for her unprecedented success as a blues singer and entertainer. Smith began busking as a child on the Streets of Chattanooga with her brother Andrew as a singer and dancer. Smith’s older brother Clarence later arranged for Smith to audition with the Stokes troupe, which toured black theaters on the TOBA circuits and tent shows during the 1910s and featured rising star Gertrude “Ma” Rainey. Smith continued to work, establishing a reputation for herself in the South and on the Eastern Seaboard as a dancer and singer during the early 1920s. She moved to Philadelphia in the early 1920s to promote her singing career. Her first recordings were made in 1923 by Columbia records for their burgeoning “race records” series. Amongst the many hits recorded by Smith were “Gulf Coast Blues,” Alberta Hunter’s “Down Hearted Blues” and “St. Louis Blues”. She quickly became the highest paid African American entertainer of the 1920s. From 1923 on, Smith recorded over 160 sides for Columbia with prominent musicians including Louis Armstrong, James P. Johnson, Charlie Green and Fletcher Henderson. In 1929, Smith starred in her only film, St. Luis Blues directed by Dudley Murphy, which featured the composition of the same name by . Handy. Fletcher Henderson’s band performed along with the Hal Johnson Choir and prominent musical revue performer Jimmy Mordecai. Although she was dropped by Columbia in 1931, Smith continued to perform musical theaters and night clubs in the 1930s despite the waning of vaudeville. She performed the Apollo in 1935 and replaced Billie Holiday for the show Stars over Broadway. She was contracted to perform John Hammond’s Carnegie Hall From Spirituals to Swing in 1937, but she died from a car accident in Mississippi earlier that year (Allmusic, Grove Music Online, Wikipedia).

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