Sarah Vaughan, known as “The Divine One” for her beautiful voice, was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1924. She grew up in Newark, a place with a vibrant local music scene. That vibrant scene lured Vaughan at a very young age to perform as a singer, and by the age of 18, Vaughan had ventured across the bridge to New York City and performed successfully at the Apollo Theatre. Her first big break came when she opened for Ella Fitzgerald. By 1943 Vaughan was touring the country, and by 1945 she was launching her solo career. Over the course of her 30+ years as a singer, Vaughan secured a Grammy Award and an NEA Jazz Masters Award, and toured around the world.
–written by Lydia Kelow-Bennett
Image Source (Top): William P. Gottlieb - Portrait of Sarah Vaughan, Café Society, Downtown, New York, Sept. 1946 - 1946