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Maxine Sullivan

Maxine Sullivan (May 13, 1911 – April 7, 1987), born Marietta Williams in Homestead, Pennsylvania, was an American jazz vocalist and performer.

As a vocalist, Maxine Sullivan was active for half a century, from the mid-1930s to just before her death in 1987. She is best known for her 1937 recording of a swing version of the Scottish folk song "Loch Lomond". Throughout her career, Sullivan also appeared as a performer on film as well as on stage. A precursor to better-known later vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Maxine Sullivan is considered one of the best jazz vocalists of the 1930s. Singer Peggy Lee named Sullivan as a key influence in several interviews.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 13th, 1911 (New York City), Died April 7th, 1987 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-021054 10-in. 3/1/1938 Moments like this Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-021055 10-in. 3/1/1938 Please be kind Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-021056 10-in. 3/1/1938 It was a lover and his lass Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-021057 10-in. 3/1/1938 Dark eyes Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-023750 10-in. 6/29/1938 Spring is here Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-023751 10-in. 6/29/1938 Down the old ox road Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-023752 10-in. 6/29/1938 St. Louis blues Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-023753 10-in. 6/29/1938 L'amour, toujours l'amour Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-030382 10-in. 12/10/1938 Night and day Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-030383 10-in. 12/10/1938 Kinda lonesome Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-030384 10-in. 12/10/1938 It ain't necessarily so Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-030385 10-in. 12/10/1938 Say it with a kiss Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036051 10-in. 3/20/1939 I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036053 10-in. 3/20/1939 I'm happy about the whole thing Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036054 10-in. 3/20/1939 Drink to me only with thine eyes Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor PBS-036055 10-in. 3/20/1939 Corn pickin' Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-041596 10-in. 8/22/1939 Jackie boy Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-041597 10-in. 8/22/1939 Turtle dove Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-041598 10-in. 8/22/1939 Sing something simple Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BS-041599 10-in. 8/22/1939 Ill wind Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Decca 69364 10-in. 6/17/1941 Loch Lomond Maxine Sullivan vocalist  
Decca 69369 10-in. 6/17/1941 Just like a gypsy Maxine Sullivan vocalist  
Decca 69370 10-in. 6/17/1941 My blue heaven Maxine Sullivan vocalist  
Decca 69371 10-in. 6/17/1941 St. Louis blues Maxine Sullivan vocalist  
Decca 69988 10-in. 12/3/1941 When your lover has gone Maxine Sullivan vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sullivan, Maxine," accessed October 31, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103182.

Sullivan, Maxine. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103182.

"Sullivan, Maxine." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 31 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103182

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