Lena Horne

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Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an African American Award–winning jazz and pop music singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne's career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood, where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the 1943 films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Because of the Red Scare and her political activism, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.

Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington in August 1963, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs and on television, while releasing well-received record albums. She announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway. She then toured the country in the show, earning numerous awards and accolades. Horne continued recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s, disappearing from the public eye in 2000. Horne died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 2010 at the age of 92.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 At the Waldorf Astoria Lena Horne 4
1957 Stormy Weather Lena Horne 2
1958 Give the Lady What She Wants Lena Horne 2
1959 Porgy and Bess Lena Horne / Harry Belafonte 1
1962 Lena on the Blue Side Lena Horne 4
1962 Lovely & Alive Lena Horne 2
1963 Lena Like Latin Lena Horne 1
1965 Feelin' Good Lena Horne 2
1966 Merry From Lena Lena Horne 3
1966 Soul Lena Horne 3
1990 Watch What Happens! Lena Horne & Gábor Szabó 1
1991 Great American Legends Lena Horne 1
1992 Lena Goes Latin / Sings Your Requests Lena Horne 1
1994 Love Is the Thing Lena Horne 1
1994 We'll Be Together Again Lena Horne 1
1995 An Evening With Lena Horne Live at the Supper Club Lena Horne 1
1995 Lena Sings The Standards Lena Horne 1
1996 Ain' It the Truth: Lena Horne at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Lena Horne 1
1998 Being Myself Lena Horne 1
2000 Classic Ellington Duke Ellington arr. Luther Henderson; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle, Lena Horne 1
2000 Love Songs Lena Horne 1
2005 Lena & Gabor Lena Horne & Gábor Szabó 2
2009 It's Love Lena Horne 1
2010 Lena Horne Sings: The MGM Singles Lena Horne 1
Back in My Baby's Arm's Lena Horne 1
Lena Horne & Sammy Davis Jr. Lena Horne & Sammy Davis Jr. 1
Mad About the Boy Lena Horne 1
Seasons of a Life Lena Horne 1
Stormy Weather Lena Horne 1
Whispering - The Very Best Of Lena Horne Lena Horne 1

Album + Compilation + Audiobook + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 The Four Queens Of Jazz Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne & Sarah Vaughan 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Lena in Hollywood Lena Horne 1
1995 The Lady and Her Music Lena Horne 1
1997 The Masters Lena Horne 1
1998 Lena Horne: A Musical Anthology Lena Horne 1
1999 Cocktail Hour Lena Horne 1
1999 Planet Jazz: Lena Horne Lena Horne 1
2000 Love Me Or Leave Me Lena Horne 1
2000 Midnite Jazz & Blues: The Lady Is a Tramp Lena Horne 1
2001 Best of the War Years Lena Horne 1
2001 The Classic Lena Horne Lena Horne 1
2002 Every Time We Say Goodbye Lena Horne 1
2004 It's Love & Songs by Burke & Van Heusen Lena Horne 1
2006 Just Jazz: Empathy Lena Horne & Gábor Szabó 1
2007 The Best Of Lena Horne 1
2010 The Essential Lena Horne Lena Horne 1
2013 Eight Classic Albums Lena Horne 1
Lady of Song Lena Horne 1
Let It Snow Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Lena Horne & Dean Martin 1
Masters of Jazz Lena Horne 1
Right to Sing the Blues Lena Horne 1
Stormy Lady Lena Horne 1
Stormy Weather Lena Horne 1
Stormy Weather (Legendary Lena 1941-58) Lena Horne 1
The Jazz Biography Lena Horne 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 At the Waldorf Astoria / At the Sands Lena Horne 1
Live at the Supper Club Lena Horne 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Greatest Hits Lena Horne 1

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