Here is a dynamic song performed by the legendary Lena Horne.
Born in 1917 (in Brooklyn, New York) and still active, Lena Horne is a pioneer among African-American performers who had the talent and beauty to crack the race barrier in Hollywood. A smooth singer of bluesy ballads, a silky-voiced chanteuse whose glamorously icy exterior made a marvelous contrast with the inner fire of her sultry, often fierce singing style, Horne appeared onstage in Harlem when she was only 14 years old, and by age 16 she was singing in the famous Cotton Club. Eventually she made her way into films, starring in the popular 1943 musicals "Stormy Weather" (with the tap-dancing duo The Nicholas Brothers), "Cabin in the Sky" (with jazz legend Louis Armstrong) and the 1948 musical "Words and music", where she sang the memorable "The Lady Is a Tramp". Possibly because of her close friendship with actor-singer Paul Robeson (who had leftist affiliations), Horne was blacklisted for a time in the early 1950's. It would not be until 1969 that Horne would again have an acting role in a film, the modest "Death of a Gunfighter" (1969), in which she played Richard Widmark's mistress. In later years she kept busy onstage and in nightclub work and enjoyed a long-running smash success with a galvanizing one-woman show on Broadway, "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" (1981-82). Horne's active career spanned six decades, and in 1989 she was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Listen to Lena's powerful voive and have a great day!
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