Why do I always remember the wrong parts of the conversation
December 16, 2010 12:19 AM Subscribe
NPRfilter: Female singer (from the 50s?) mentioned on NPR in the last week. She was characterized by the music critic as never overdoing vocal tricks, sining minimally and "just the right amount". The singing sample had very little musical backing. She retired early at the height of her popularity after getting sick of the music business.
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I believe the singer was African-American. This might have been on Fresh Air but I can't find it in the archives, nor those of All Songs Considered. The show/clip was a rapid-fire list of various female artists with distinctive vocal styles. I got distracted after driving home and forgot to look her up immediately. My google-fu fails -- nothing twigs my memory on the usual "top 10" lists of jazz or rock female singers from that era.