On March 27, 1924, Sarah Vaughan was born. Vaughan was a pop and jazz singer with a wide range, a powerful voice, and impeccable technical control. She continued to perform and record until shortly before her death in 1990, with very little change or loss of quality in her voice.
March is Women's History Month, so this week, we honor some of the female composers who have contributed to classical music. As in many fields, it has often been difficult for women to develop their talents to the fullest.
On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in US history. The tragedy led to major reforms of labor law in New York City and New York State.
As a music lover and pop connoisseur, I was immediately intrigued when I ran across a fascinating article on National Public Radio (NPR) online, titled Turning the Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women. The first paragraph especially caught my eye: