Carter, Betty Jazz Singers Vocal

This legendary jazz vocalist and be-bop singer was born Lillie Mae Jones in Flint, Michigan, on May 16, 1930. She studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory of Music, and as a teenager she was sitting in with Charlie Parker and other be-bop musicians when they performed in Detroit. She turned professional at age 16, and joined the Lionel Hampton band in 1948, billed as Lorraine Carter. Hampton created her nickname 'Betty Be-Bop' and she later changed her stage name to Betty Carter. She died from pancreatic cancer on September 26, 1998.

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