Recorded for Mercury Records on July 9, 1958 in Sweden, this is Sometimes I’m Happy (Sometimes I’m Blue) performed by jazz royalty Sarah Vaughan. From Jazziz Magazine:

Born on March 27, 1924, the daughter of a carpenter and a launderess who sang in the church choir, her career started after winning an amateur night performance at Harlem’s Zeus Theater singing Body and Soul… Thus began her legendary career, which led her to opening for Ella Fitzgerald in 1943, and being introduced to bandleader and pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines, which subsequently led to her great success.

Her band is the Ronnell Bright Trio: Ronnell Bright on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Art Morgan on drums. Watch as they perform Mean to Me:

And September in the Rain:

Next: Nina Simone performs Love Me Or Leave Me and the video that launched this site: Ella Fitzgerald scat singing One Note Samba (1969).

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