Vaughan’s performance caught the ear of legendary bandleader Billy Eckstine, who recruited her to sing with his orchestra in 1943. That association catapulted Vaughan to such success, she eventually became a solo act in the mid-1940’s.

A brief look at Vaughan’s lengthy discography reveals over 50 album releases, eight live albums, and a pair of compilation albums. Vaughan’s final recorded appearance took place in 1989 after she starred on a number of tracks for Quincy Jones’ Back On The Block album.

Vaughan succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 66 in April 1990. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 for the 1946 song “If You Could See Me Now” and the following year for the 1954 album, Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown.

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