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A project ideally suited for Cleo Laine's marvelous voice and theatrical training. She did an album devoted to songs by Broadway great Stephen Sondheim, giving them both the necessary show biz twists and also adding enough charm and flair to attract the non-Broadway audience.


Born: 28 October 1927 in Southall, Middlesex, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With a multi-octave voice similar to Betty Carter's, incredible scatting ability, and ease of transition from a throaty whisper to high-pitched trills, Cleo Laine was born in 1927 in the Southall section of London, the daughter of a Jamaican father and English mother. Her parents sent her to vocal and dance lessons as a teenager, but she was 25 when she first sang professionally, after a successful audition with the big band led by Johnny Dankworth. Both Laine and the band recorded for Esquire, MGM...
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