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Sheila Guyse singing “Look Down That Lonesome Road” (or “The Lonesome Road”) in Miracle in Harlem (1948).

Linda Clifford sings “Runaway Love” (1978)

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Do You Know Where You're Going To
Thelma Houston

This is Thelma Houston’s original recording of “Do You Know Where You’re Going To”. Some sources state that it was originally recorded in 1973, others say 1975.

It was set to be released as a single, but was pulled and given to Diana Ross to sing as the theme for Mahogany. [x

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Maxine Sullivan

Maxine Sullivan

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“Coby Yee, billed as “China’s Most Daring Dancing Doll,” bought the Forbidden City nightclub in the early 1960s.” - (Collectors Weekly)

Coby Yee, billed as “China’s Most Daring Dancing Doll,” bought the Forbidden City nightclub in the early 1960s.” - (Collectors Weekly)

Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington

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Billie Holiday on “Voice of America Jazz Hour” (February 15, 1956)


Linda Cifford, age 16.

Clifford began her musical career at the early age of four, and was singing on local New York television programs when she was seven years old. Three years later, she appeared with Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier in a television special for the NAACP. After high school, Linda focused her career in the jazz music genre and later toured the U.S. with her own trio. Linda then switched musical directions, singing R&B and pop. She scored hits in 1978 and 1979 with songs reaching the top twenty on the US R&B charts. [x]
Clifford also has acted in such movies as The Boston Strangler (1968), Coogan’s Bluff (1968), and Sweet Charity (1969) before she decided to concentrate on her musical career.

Linda Cifford, age 16.

Clifford began her musical career at the early age of four, and was singing on local New York television programs when she was seven years old. Three years later, she appeared with Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier in a television special for the NAACP. After high school, Linda focused her career in the jazz music genre and later toured the U.S. with her own trio. Linda then switched musical directions, singing R&B and pop. She scored hits in 1978 and 1979 with songs reaching the top twenty on the US R&B charts. [x]

Clifford also has acted in such movies as The Boston Strangler (1968), Coogan’s Bluff (1968), and Sweet Charity (1969) before she decided to concentrate on her musical career.

Paula Wagner Developing Sylvia Robinson Biopic

Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln, 1959

Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln, 1959

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