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Topic: Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Lois Vaughan (nicknamed "Sassy" and "The Divine One"), (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer, described as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century Sarah Vaughan was born on March 27, 1924 in Newark, New Jersey. Her father, Asbury "Jake" Vaughan was a carpenter and amateur guitarist. Her mother, Ada, was a laundress. Jake and Ada Vaughan migrated to Newark from Virginia during the First World War. Sarah was their only natural child, although in the 1960s they adopted Donna, the child of a woman who traveled on the road with Sarah Vaughan.
The Vaughans lived in a house on Newark's Brunswick street for Sarah's entire childhood. Jake Vaughan was deeply religious and the family was very active in the New Mount Zion Baptist Church on 186 Thomas Street. Sarah began piano lessons at the age of seven, sang in the church choir and occasionally played piano for rehearsals and services.
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