Sunday, May 9, 2010

Lena Horne, legendary singer and actress dies at 92

Legendary singer Lena Horne has died at the age of 92:
Singer Lena Horne, who broke racial barriers as a Hollywood and Broadway star famed for her velvety rendition of "Stormy Weather," has died at age 92.

Hospital spokeswoman Gloria Chin says Horne died Sunday at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

In the 1940s, Horne was one of the first black performers hired to sing with a major white band and among a handful with a Hollywood contract.

In 1943, she won the role of Selina Rogers in the all-black movie musical "Stormy Weather." Her rendition of the title song became a major hit.

She won a special Tony Award for her 1981 one-woman Broadway show, "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music."

New York Times tribute here.

Famous "Cabin In The Sky" (1943) with Eddie "Rochester" Anderson segment here.

I really like her 1972 recording of "Someone To Watch Over Me."  Remastered sample here.

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