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Maxine Sullivan

Blues and Jazz Singer
Female
Born May 13, 1911

Maxine Sullivan, born Marietta Williams, was an American jazz vocalist and performer. As a vocalist, Maxine Sullivan was active for half a century, from the mid-1930s to just before her death in 1987. She is best known for her 1937 recording of a swing version of the Scottish folk song "Loch Lomond". Throughout her career, Sullivan also appeared as a performer on film as well as on stage.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1911 Birth Born on May 13, 1911.

TWENTIES

She is best known for her 1937 recording of a swing version of the Scottish folk song "Loch Lomond". … Read More
1938 27 Years Old During this period, she began forming a professional and close personal relationship with bassist John Kirby, who became her second husband in 1938.
1940 29 Years Old In 1940, Sullivan and Kirby were featured on the radio program Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm, making them the first black jazz stars to have their own weekly radio series. … Read More

THIRTIES

1949 38 Years Old In 1949, Sullivan appeared on the short-lived CBS Television series Uptown Jubilee, and in 1953 starred in the play, Take a Giant Step.
1950 39 Years Old Sullivan married four times; her second husband was the band leader John Kirby (married 1938, divorced 1941), while her fourth husband, whom she married in 1950, was the stride pianist Cliff Jackson, who died in 1970. … Read More

FORTIES

1956 45 Years Old In 1956, Sullivan shifted from her earlier style and recorded the album A Tribute to Andy Razaf; originally on the Period record label, the album featured Sullivan's interpretations of a dozen tunes featuring Razaf's lyrics. … Read More
1958 47 Years Old From 1958 Sullivan worked as a nurse before resuming her musical career in 1966, performing in jazz festivals alongside her fourth husband Cliff Jackson, who can be heard on the 1966 live recording of Sullivan's performance at the Manassas Jazz Festival. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1979 68 Years Old She was nominated for the 1979 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (won by Carlin Glynn) for her role in My Old Friends, and participated in the film biography Maxine Sullivan: Love to Be in Love, shortly before her death.
1987 76 Years Old 1 More Event
Maxine Sullivan died aged 75 in 1987 in New York after suffering a seizure. … Read More
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