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Susannah McCorkle


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Susannah McCorkle (4 January 1946 – 19 May 2001) was an American jazz singer much admired for her direct, unadorned singing style and quiet intensity.

McCorkle was born in Berkeley, California. She studied modern languages at the University of California, Berkeley. McCorkle began singing professionally after hearing recordings of Billie Holiday in Paris in the late 1960s. She nearly became an interpreter at the European Commission in Brussels, but moved instead to London in 1972 to pursue a career in singing. While in the UK, she made two albums which, although well received, enjoyed only limited circulation.

In the late 1970s, McCorkle returned to the United States and settled in New York City, where a five-month engagement at the Cookery in Greenwich Village brought her to wider public attention and elicited rave reviews from critics.

During the 1980s, McCorkle continued to record; her maturing style and the darkening timbre of her voice greatly enhanced her performances. In the early 1990s, two of the albums McCorkle made for Concord Records, No More Blues and Sábia, were enormously successful and made her name known to the wider world. She was recorded by the Smithsonian Institution which at the time made her the youngest singer ever to have been included in its popular music series. McCorkle played Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls five times and Carnegie Hall three times, and was featured soloist with Skitch Henderson and the 80-piece New York Pops in a concert of Brazilian music.


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  • WinsomeWinnower

    So very pleased to find Susannah's music on LFM. Her talent was deserving of so many more accolades than she received while she was in this life.............will always miss her.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • pulsar00

    Quality Time ;)*

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Shadari

    I'm more of a rock person, but I love me some Jazz too, and Susannah has a great voice and some amazing songs. Sad how it all came to an end... very sad.

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ShaniaEve

    Yes...very good!

    16 Jun 2010 Reply
  • raymondprivette

    i'm so sorry that i did not discover this wonderful singer until after her death. she was superb!

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • takingpolaroids

    Oh my God! I love her...

    25 May 2009 Reply
  • dboynton

    Has anyone read Haunted Heart yet? Is it worthy of a Christmas list?

    2 Dec 2006 Reply

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