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Maya Angelou

(b. 1928) American novelist and poet

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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday  

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1915–1959)Black US jazz singer, often described as the greatest true jazz singer of all time.Born in Baltimore, she was called ‘Billie’ after a film star. Her father, Clarence Holiday (1900–37), ...
Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman  

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(1945– )US soprano, who has won wide acclaim for both her operatic and concert performances.Born in Augusta, Georgia, she won a scholarship to Howard University, Washington d.c., to study music and ...
Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson  

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(b. 26 August 1948), singer and songwriter.In the first decades of rock and roll, a cadre of remarkable songwriters created songs for the greatest voices in the industry. Among ...

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