Pearl Bailey

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Born: March 29, 1918 | Died: August 17, 1990    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Pearl Bailey

Never formally trained in music, Pearl Bailey credited her love of music to growing up in a “Holy Roller” evangelical church where her father was the minister. In her early career in amateur shows and nightclubs she developed her throaty style, embellished with asides and ad libs.

Pearl Bailey sang with bands, later on stage and in films. The all-black version of Hello, Dolly! is one of her best-known roles; she played that role from 1967 to 1969 and in a later revival. Pearl Bailey was a frequent guest on television variety shows and had her own show on ABC in 1970-71.

At age 67, Pearl Bailey graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in theology. In 1968, 1971, 1973 and 1989 she published books on her life, cooking, and educational experiences. In 1975 Pearl Bailey served as a special ambassador to the United Nations and in 1988 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom....
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Pearl Bailey Entertains (1950)
Birth of the Blues (1952)
Cultured Pearl (1952)
I'm with You (1953)
Say Si Si (1953)
Carmelina (1955)
The Intoxicating Pearl Bailey (1956)
The One and Only Pearl Bailey Sings (1956)
Gems by Pearl Bailey (1958)
Pearl Bailey A-Broad (1959)
Pearl Bailey Sings for Adults Only (1959)
Pearl Bailey Plus Margie Anderson Singing the Blues (1960?)
More Songs for Adults Only (1960)
Naughty But Nice (1960)
Songs of the Bad Old Days (1960)
Pearl Bailey Sings the Songs of Harold Arlen (1961)
Come On, Let's Play with Pearlie Mae (1962)
Happy Sounds (1962)
All About Good Little Girls and Bad Little Boys (1963)
C'est La Vie (1963)
Les Poupées de Paris (1964)
Songs By James Van Heusen (1964)
The Risque World of Pearl Bailey (1964)
For Women Only (1965)
The Jazz Singer (1965)
Hello, Dolly! (1967 Broadway cast)
After Hours (1969)
Pearl's Pearls (1971)

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