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1918 – Born on the 29th of March in Southampton County, Virginia, to Rev. Joseph & Ella Mae Bailey.   1933 – Began as a dancer and won an amateur contest in Philadelphia.   1938 – She won a singing contest at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.   1946 – Starred in the Broadway musical St Louis ..

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1935 – Carol Diahann Johnson, bornn on the 17th of July in The Bronx, New York. She is an Academy Award-nominated and Tony Award winning American actress and singer. 1954 – Her first film assignment was a supporting role in Carmen Jones. 1959 – She played Clara in the film version of Gershwin’s Porgy and ..

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1926 – Born on the 3rd of August in New York City. 1950 – Pearl Bailey heard him sing, and asked him to join her at a Greenwich Village night club. 1955 – Released his first long-playing album, Cloud 7, which showed Bennett’s jazz leanings. 1957 – Ralph Sharon became Bennett’s pianist and musical director. ..

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