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Maxine Sullivan Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

MAXINE SULLIVAN
Born: May 13, 1911 in Homestead, Pennsylvania
Died: April 07, 1987 in New York City, New York
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Maxine Sullivan, born Marietta Williams on May 13, 1911, in Homestead, Pennsylvania, was an influential American jazz vocalist and performer whose career spanned several decades, beginning in the 1930s. She was renowned for her clear, delicate vocal style and innovative interpretations of traditional and folk songs. Sullivan passed away on April 7, 1987, in New York City.

Sullivan's rise to fame began in the mid-1930s after she moved to New York City. Her breakthrough came with her 1937 hit recording of "Loch Lomond," a traditional Scottish folk song which she transformed into a jazz standard through her unique swing interpretation. This recording not only launched her career but also set a precedent for future jazz and pop interpretations of folk songs.

Throughout the late 1930s and 1940s, Sullivan performed with some of the era’s leading jazz musicians, including Benny Goodman, Claude Thornhill, and Teddy Wilson. She was a regular performer at various prestigious venues, including the Onyx Club on 52nd Street in Manhattan, a hotspot for the jazz scene during that period.

In addition to her singing career, Sullivan appeared in several films in the 1930s and 1940s, further broadening her appeal and showcasing her talents in different media. Despite facing the challenges of racial barriers in the entertainment industry, she continued to perform and record music into the 1950s.
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Theater Credits
My-Old-Friends - Performer (April 12, 1979 - May 27, 1979), Swingin'-The-Dream - Performer (November 29, 1939 - December 9, 1939)

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