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Washington High School in nearby Norfolk, Virginia , the first city in the region to offer higher education for black students. Blues singer Ruth Brown from Portsmouth, Virginia was one of her classmates. Her brother Bill Bailey was beginning his own career as a tap dancer, and suggested she enter an amateur contest at the Pearl Theatre in Philadelphia.
However, the theatre closed during her engagement and she was not paid. Bailey began by singing and dancing in Philadelphia's black nightclubs in the s, and soon started performing in other parts of the East Coast.
After the tour, she settled in New York. Her solo successes as a nightclub performer were followed by acts with such entertainers as Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. In , Bailey made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman. For her performance, she won a Donaldson Award as the best Broadway newcomer. Bailey continued to tour and record albums in between her stage and screen performances. Her support of female impersonator Lynne Carter led him to credit Bailey with launching his career.
The touring version was so successful, producer David Merrick took it to Broadway where it played to sold-out houses and revitalized the long running musical. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Four stylii were used to transfer this record.
They are 3. These were recorded flat and then also equalized with Turnover: Waving to him at the curtain, Miss Bailey brought the house down with the remark, ''I didn't know this child was going to show up. It was probably the first time that a President of the United States served as a chorus boy. In films, she was celebrated chiefly for two roles - Maria in ''Porgy and Bess'' and Frankie, a roadhouse girl, in ''Carmen Jones.
There her digressions enhanced her songs. Miss Bailey had a bluntness that some found disconcerting. Once President Richard M. Nixon invited her to the White House and asked her to become his ''ambassador of love. I'm not a member of anything and I don't pay dues. Nixon I will do anything for my country.
But no one can use me. I don't want to be used. Louis Blues. It's a Woman's Prerogative. Baby, It's Cold Outside. Frank Loesser. Don't Ever Leave Me. Saturday Night Fish Fry. Ain't She Sweet? Get It off Your Mind.Aug 13, · Pearl Bailey, American entertainer notable for her sultry singing and mischievous humour. Bailey was the daughter of the Rev. Joseph James Bailey, and she attributed much of her vocal ability to her childhood singing in church. At the age of 15 .