The late jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan captivated listeners with her operatic range and bold performances over the course of her decades-long career. The “Divine One” is now immortalized by way of a ‘Forever’ stamp released today by the United States Postal Service.
Sarah Lois Vaughan was born March 27, 1924 in Newark, N.J. Raised in a musical family, Vaughan learned her love of music from her parents who juggled day jobs along with their creative pursuits. As a young girl, Vaughan was known for her singing and piano playing abilities at her local church. But Vaughan’s heart was set on performing the popular music of her era.
In high school, Vaughan found the allure of music stronger than completing her studies and dropped out in her junior year. Her travels led her to Harlem, New York and she found steady work performing in small lounges. While still in her teens, Vaughan entered the amateur night competition at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem and won.