Category 1917

The Talented Lena Horne Part Three

The Talented Lena Horne Part Three

Personal life

Horne married Louis Jordan Jones in January 1937 in Pittsburgh. On December 21, 1937, their daughter, Gail (later known as Gail Lumet Buckley, a writer) was born. They had a son, Edwin Jones (February 7, 1940 – September 12, 1970) who died of kidney disease. Horne and Jones separated in 1940 and divorced in 1944. Horne’s second marriage was to Lennie Hayton, who was Music Director and one of the premier musical conductors and arrangers at MGM, in December 1947 in Paris. They separated in the early 1960s, but never divorced; he died in 1971. In her as-told-to autobiography Lena by Richard Schickel, Horne recounts the enormous pressures she and her husband faced as an interracial couple...

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The Talented Lena Horne Part Two

The Talented Lena Horne Part Two

Changes of direction

By the mid-1950s, Horne was disenchanted with Hollywood and increasingly focused on her nightclub career. She only made two major appearances for MGM during the 1950s: Duchess of Idaho (which was also Eleanor Powell’s final film); and the 1956 musical Meet Me in Las Vegas. She was blacklisted during the 1950s for her affiliations in the 1940s with communist-backed groups. She would subsequently disavow communism...

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The Talented Lena Horne Part One

The Talented Lena Horne Part One

Lena Horne
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American 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.
Lena Horne

Publicity photo of Horne for her stage show Nine O’Clock Revue, 1961
Born
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne
June 30, 1917
Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York...

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Musical History Of The 1917

Musical History Of The 1917

1917 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1917.

Art Archaeology Architecture Literature Music Philosophy Science +…Original Dixieland Jazz Band Events

March 7 – “Livery Stable Blues”, recorded with “Dixie Jazz Band One Step” on February 26 by the Original Dixieland Jass Band (a white 5-piece group from New Orleans led by cornetist Nick LaRocca) for the Victor Talking Machine Company in the United States, becomes the first jazz recording commercially released (described as a “foxtrot”). On August 17 the band records “Tiger Rag”
May 12 – Béla Bartók’s ballet The Wooden Prince is premiered in Budapest
First African American jazz recordings made by Wilbur Sweatman’s Band
Eddie Cantor makes his first recordings
Songs ...

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