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On March 27 1924 Sarah Louis Vaughn was born in Newark New Jersey She had a very modest upbringing Vaughns father was a carpenter her mother a laundress Nonetheless music had always been a part of her life since the very beginning Sarahs mother was an active choir member and pianist at their local baptist church Her father sang folk songs and played the guitar At age twelve Vaughn also joined the Mount Zion Baptist Church Choir She played the organ during the services and was a featured soloist Eventually Vaughn quit school and focused more on singing She participated in several amateur nights and talent shows But it was her performance at Apollo Theatres famous Amateur Night that ignited her singing career A member of the Earl Hines Orchestra Billy Eckstine impressed by Vaughns performance and recommended her for the second piano position in the band Vaughn continued to perform with the orchestra up until Billy Eckstine broke away from the band Along with him went Sarah Charlie Parker Miles Davis and Dizzie Gillespie to name a few THis transition allowed for Vaughn to showcase her vocal ability In Ham 2 addition to having a full and powerful voice she sang with the effortless flexibility of an instrumentalist It was because of this unique vocal style Vaughn was able to make her singing debut with the band on New Years Eve 1944 She was paid twenty dollars for doing the record By age twenty Vaughn was signed to Columbia Records By this time she was well-respected amongst her fellow be-bop musicians Friends of Vaughn claim that there were two main reasons why she was so
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