Cabaret Through Time Fridays At McElrath Cabaret: Sarah Vaughan–Join Us!

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Fridays are the day when we at the McElrath Cabaret Blog present blog posts in our Cabaret Through Time series. We present historical cabaret singers, entertainers, venues, writers, and musicians, and often include cabaret videos. We hope that you find it informative!

Sarah Vaughan–A Singer’s Singer


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Source:  By Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 – negatiefstroken zwart/wit, nummer toegang, bestanddeelnummer 915-6267 (Nationaal Archief) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Sarah Vaughan was born in 1924 in New Jersey, where she grew up. According to Wikipedia, as a child she played piano and sang in church choir, and eventually headed to New York City and the nightclubs there.  She worked with many greats in the field of jazz.  She worked as a pianist and later a singer in bands led by Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine.  She later went on to a solo career, and worked in many New York nightclubs.  Some of the clubs in which she played included Three Deuces, the Famous Door, the Downbeat and the Onyx Club.  She worked at the integrated nightclub called Cafe Society, which opened in 1938, as noted by James Gavin in Intimate Nights.  She made her first recording in 1944, and continued recording for decades.  She was most active as a singer from 1942 through 1989, and she died in 1990.


She sang a number of standards, and she was noted for the extremely wide vocal range she had.  Wikipedia lists it as ranging from “true female baritone lows to mezzo-soprano highs”.  She was known for a couple of signature songs:  her renditions of “Tenderly” as well as “Send In The Clowns.”


Here is Sarah Vaughan singing “Perdido”:


And “Misty”:


Her amazing version of Sondheim’s “Send In The Clowns”:


And a personal favorite of mine–her version of “Black Coffee”:



 Which recordings of Sarah Vaughan’s songs do you like the most and why?  Let us know in the comments below–we love to hear from you!


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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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