Category: singer

Betty Davis photographed by Fin Costello, Fe…

Betty Davis photographed by Fin Costello, February 1976.

Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald on The Frank…

Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald on The Frank Sinatra Show – Airdate: May 9, 1958

Dinah Washington and her goddaughter Patti A…

Dinah Washington and her goddaughter Patti Austin

Patti Austin made her Apollo Theater debut at the age of 4 on a dare. “We went to see the Apollo to see Dinah Washington,” said Austin, who often met renowned musicians growing up through her musical father, a professional trombone player. With some precociousness, Austin ended up on stage. “Dinah dared me to sang, I sang, and I finished singing and ran off the stage. The audience liked it, and I liked that they liked it, and I ran into the arms of a guy who was on one knee in the wing.” That guy was Sammy Davis Jr., who asked her parents if she could do his show the following week, and a robust musical career was born.

Austin has released 17 solo albums and has performed with the likes of Michael Jackson and Paul Simon. She won a Grammy in 2008 for best jazz vocal for her album “Avant Gershwin.”

In an interview with Lois Reitzes, Austin discussed her relationship with her godfather Quincy Jones, Johnny Mathis and her two musical idols, Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland. Austin first saw Garland perform at age 13. Regardless of Garland’s dwindling technical ability at the time, Austin said that performance totally changed her life. “None of her technical ability matter because there was so much soul and so much heart and so much skill. And I had never seen someone perform that way,” said Austin. “She had to act her way through stuff, and she was brilliant at it.”

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Donna Summer performing in Boston, Massachuset…

Donna Summer performing in Boston, Massachusetts on October 31, 1978. 

Photos by Waring Abbott

twixnmix: Ronnie Spector during lunchtime at…

twixnmix:

Ronnie Spector during lunchtime at

George Washington High School in Washington Heights, 1961.

Photos by Winston Vargas

Lola Falana before her performance on the st…

Lola Falana before her performance on the stage of the 

La Bussola

nightclub, 1971

Mariah Carey video shoot for “Fantasy&…

Mariah Carey video shoot for

“Fantasy”

at Playland in Rye, New York, 1995.  

Photos by 

by Kevin Mazur

Betty Davis photographed by Fin Costello, …

Betty Davis photographed by Fin Costello, 1976.

Queen Latifah photographed by Janette Beckman,…

Queen Latifah photographed by Janette Beckman, 1990.

twixnmix: Josephine Baker photographed by Bor…

twixnmix:

Josephine Baker photographed by Boris Lipnitzky

in the

studio of Paul Colin in Paris, May 1926.