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Lena Horne

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne's career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood.

Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington in August 1963 and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs and on television while releasing well-received record albums. She announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway. She then toured the country in the show, earning numerous awards and accolades. Horne continued recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s, disappearing from the public eye in 2000. Horne died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 2010, at the age of 92.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 30th, 1917 (New York City), Died May 9th, 2010 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-061977 10-in. 12/15/1941 Stormy weather Lou Bring ; Lena Horne Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Victor PBS-061978 10-in. 12/15/1941 What is this thing called love? Lou Bring ; Lena Horne Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Victor PBS-061979 10-in. 12/15/1941 Ill wind Lou Bring ; Lena Horne Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Victor PBS-061980 10-in. 12/15/1941 The man I love Lou Bring ; Lena Horne Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Victor PBS-061985 10-in. 12/17/1941 Where or when Lou Bring ; Lena Horne Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Victor PBS-061986 10-in. 12/17/1941 I've gotta right to sing the blues Lou Bring ; Lena Horne Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Victor PBS-061987 10-in. 12/17/1941 Mad about the boy Lou Bring ; Lena Horne Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Victor PBS-061988 10-in. 12/17/1941 Moanin' low Lou Bring ; Lena Horne Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Victor BS-066127 10-in. 6/23/1941 St. Louis blues The Dixieland Jazz Group of NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street ; Lena Horne ; Henry Levine Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-066128 10-in. 6/23/1941 Careless love The Dixieland Jazz Group of NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street ; Lena Horne ; Henry Levine Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-066144 10-in. 6/25/1941 Aunt Hagar's blues Dixieland Jazz Group of NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street ; Lena Horne ; Henry Levine Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-066145 10-in. 6/25/1941 Beale Street blues Dixieland Jazz Group of NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street ; Lena Horne ; Henry Levine Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-066147 10-in. 6/26/1941 Love me a little little Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Lena Horne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-066149 10-in. 6/26/1941 Don't take your love from me Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Lena Horne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Decca 60888 10-in. 3/11/1936 That's what love did co me Noble Sissle Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 60892 10-in. 3/11/1936 I take to you Noble Sissle Orchestra vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Horne, Lena," accessed October 31, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103244.

Horne, Lena. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103244.

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

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103244

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