Susannah Mccorkle

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Susannah McCorkle appeared internationally and recorded
seventeen albums as a cabaret singer, and she wrote previously for American Heritage about Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, and Irving Berlin. She died in May of this year.

Articles by this Contributor

February/March 1994

Ethel Waters was an innovative and terrifically influential singer, and she broke through racial barriers in movies, theater, nightclubs, radio, film, and television, opening doors for everyone who came after her. She deserves to be much better remembered.

November 1997

Bessie Smith was the greatest blues singer of all time; and her influence still permeates popular music though almost no one listens to her records. An appreciation by an eminent jazz singer.

September 2001

Nearly a century after she came on the scene, her wit, bravado, and sexuality are a bigger presence than ever