DELLA REESE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 180686
Sale Price $126.00
Black and white publicity photograph of a young Della Reese standing singing.
Photograph signed: "Della/Reese". B/w, 8x10 overall, image 6½x9¼ (one surface). Born Delloreese Patricia Early in 1931, Reese began singing in her hometown of Detroit at age six. Beginning in 1945, she toured with Mahalia Jackson's women's gospel group, The Meditation Singers, for five summers. After joining the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra in 1953, Reese began making records and became known as a skillful interpreter of a number of genres of music, from jazz to R&B to gospel. Nominated for a 1987 Grammy Award as Best Female Soloist in Gospel Music, Reese has achieved a number of firsts over her long career: first performer to take gospel music to the casinos of Las Vegas; first woman to guest-host The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (1969); and, first Black woman to host her own variety show (Della, 1969-1970). Also a talented actress, Reese has appeared on television and film. From 1994-2003, Reese, an ordained minister, played Tess, the mentoring angel, in the CBS drama, Touched By An Angel. Fine condition.
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