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Popular Music

The Hip Hop Violinist

Reading about the Washington Jewish Music Festival (which, incidentally, sounds fabulous), I learned about Miri Ben-Ari, aka the Hip Hop Violinist. Classically trained on the violin, at age 18 she decided to explore a different way to use her music. She moved to New York City, added some bling to her instrument, and began collaborating with artists including Kanye West (with whom she earned a Grammy), Alicia Keys, Wyclef Jean, Jay-Z, and others.

Debut of singer Alma Gluck

November 16, 1909

Alma Gluck, the most popular concert singer of her day, made her debut.

Carole King Releases "Tapestry"

June 7, 1971

Singer-songwriter Carole King released the album "Tapestry."

Singer Sylvia Blagman Syms dies during standing ovation

May 10, 1992

Jazz singer Sylvia Blagman Syms died of a heart attack at age 74 while receiving a standing ovation after a performance.

Lyricist Dorothy Fields is inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame

March 8, 1971

Dorothy Fields was the only woman among the first group inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

Sophie Tucker records signature song

March 2, 1911

Sophie Tucker, the self-proclaimed "Last of the Red Hot Mamas," recorded her signature song "Some of These Days."

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker was an international star of vaudeville, music halls, and later film, performing in both Yiddish and English in a career that spanned over fifty years.

Sylvia Blagman Syms

Sylvia Syms’s dynamic saloon performances were characterized by an intimate storytelling style and a grainy contralto voice combined with honesty, a “been-there” aura, and a genuine love of the connection with her audience. She was touted as one of the best contributors to her genre by such noteworthy peers as Cy Coleman, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Duke Ellington.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is more than another consumer-culture icon. She is a diva, a superstar, a sensation. Since the 1960s, she has won more varied awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, special Tony, Golden Globe, CableACE, Peabody) than anyone else in show business, and has sold over sixty-eight million records, more records than any other female singer.

Yaffa Yarkoni

During the 1950s Yarkoni was considered Israel’s leading singer, recording numerous records.

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