Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Janet and Betty!

Today in Black History...

"there's really only one jazz singer - only one: Betty Carter."Carmen McRae
In 1930, Betty Carter, jazz singer was born.  was an American jazz singer renowned for her improvisational technique and idiosyncratic vocal style.    Carter honed her scat singing ability while on tour with Lionel Hampton in the late 1940s. Hampton's wife Gladys gave her the nickname "Betty Bebop", a nickname she reportedly detested. In the 1950s Carter made recordings with King Pleasure and the Ray Bryant Trio. Her first solo LP, Out There, was released on the Peacock label in 1958.
In 1966 - Janet Jackson, singer was born in Gary, Indiana.  Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American recording artist and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 25 years. She is ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the richest women in entertainment. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame.

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