Betty Carter, singer

Betty Carter

May 16, 1930, Flint, MI ~ September 26, 1998, Brooklyn, NY

“Hearing her sing Baby, It's Cold Outside makes you want to curl up in front of the fire, even in summertime.” ~ Bill Clinton

Arguably the most adventurous female jazz singer of all time, Betty Carter was an idiosyncratic stylist and a restless improviser who pushed the limits of melody and harmony as much as any bebop horn player. The husky-voiced Carter was capable of radical, off-the-cuff reworkings of whatever she sang, abruptly changing tempos and dynamics, or rearranging the lyrics into distinctive, off-the-beat rhythmic patterns. She could solo for 20 minutes, scat at lightning speed, or drive home an emotion with wordless, bluesy moans and sighs. ~ Allmusic: Betty Carter ~ retrieved September 15, 2013 © Allmusic

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May 16, 1959 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) The Fleetwoods, Come Softly To Me ~ #2 (3) The Impalas, Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) ~ #1 (2) Dave 'Baby' Cortez, The Happy Organ


Betty Carter ~ Inducted in the 1999 Downbeat Jazz Hall Of Fame (Critics' Choice).

Betty Carter ~ The Audience With Betty Carter (1980) ~ Ranked #78 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Listening to this album is a cathartic experience. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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