Category: singer

Coloratura soprano Reri Grist photographed by Carl Van Vechten on December 15, 1959.

Sallie Blair

(1934 – 1992)

was an African-American jazz singer from Baltimore. She began her career singing with Johnny Otis and Duke Ellington in the early 1950s before she won the talent competition Chance of a Lifetime on ABC-TV. Soon after she joined Cab Calloway’s Cotton Club Revue and then became a popular nightclub act. Sallie was a reoccurring performer on Ed Sullivan’s shows and was rumored to have had an affair with him. She performed for the royal family at the London Palladium and broke protocall by kicking off her shoes and doing a sexy barefoot dance. Although Sallie released two albums as a solo artist, Squeeze Me (1957) and Hello, Tiger! (1958), she was more known for her beauty and sex appeal. Sallie often changed her hair color, but early in her career she was known for being a blonde. The press referred to her as the  "blonde bombshell” and Miles Davis called her the “brown Marilyn Monroe.” She married pianist and arranger Rene DeKnight in 1963 and still appeared on TV throughout the the 1960s as her popularity waned. In 1978, Sallie was linked to Warren Beatty then she disappeared from the public. She died at the age of 57 in 1992.

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Opera singer Margaret Tynes photographed by Carl Van Vechten on September 29, 1959.

Avril Lavigne
Style in 2002

Kylie Minogue photographed by Steve Shaw in 2001 [x]

Anastacia at the Europe Music Awards in 2000 [x]

Singer Joyce Bryant photographed by Carl Van Vechten on May 28, 1953.

Bessie Smith photographed by Carl Van Vechten on February 3, 1936.

Anastacia at the World Stund Awards in 2001 [x]

Britt Ekland (1964)