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Betty Carter

Betty Carter (born Lillie Mae Jones; May 16, 1929 – September 26, 1998) was an American jazz singer known for her improvisational technique, scatting and other complex musical abilities that demonstrated her vocal talent and imaginative interpretation of lyrics and melodies. Vocalist Carmen McRae once remarked: "There's really only one jazz singer—only one: Betty Carter.": xiv 

Birth and Death Data: Born May 16, 1929 (Flint), Died September 26, 1998 (Brooklyn)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 74727 1/27/1949 Chicken shack boogie Lionel Hampton Sextet vocalist  
Decca 74728 1/27/1949 New Central Avenue breakdown Lionel Hampton Sextet vocalist  
Decca 74729 1/27/1949 Benson boogie Lionel Hampton Sextet vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carter, Betty," accessed February 25, 2024,

Carter, Betty. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2024, from

"Carter, Betty." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 25 February 2024.

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