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Ethel Waters

Vocalist and actress Ethel Waters was a key figure in the development of African American culture between the two World Wars. She broke barrier after barrier, becoming the first black woman heard on the radio, the first black singer to perform on television, the first African American to perform in an integrated cast on Broadway, and the first black woman to perform in a lead dramatic role on Broadway.

As a singer Waters introduced over 50 songs that became hits, including standards of the magnitude of “St. Louis Blues” and “Stormy Weather.” Her jazzy yet controlled vocal style influenced a generation of vocalists, black and white, and her career, encompassing stage, song, and screen, flowered several times in comebacks after tumbling to low points.

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Discography

Am I Blue 1921-1947

Am I Blue 1921-1947

Jazz Legends
2004

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Diva

Cantaloupe Music
2003

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The Best Of Ethel Waters

The Best Of Ethel...

Columbia Records
2003

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Complete Decca Records

Cantaloupe Music
1989

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Ethel Waters'...

Cantaloupe Music
1972

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Jazzin' Babies' Blues...

Cantaloupe Music
1971

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