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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

First Nationally Recognized Black Concert Singer!

Source:  Biography.com
Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, the first nationally recognized black concert singer was born in or around the second decade of the 1800s in Natchez, Mississippi, Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield established a career as an acclaimed vocalist, touring the United States and Great Britain, where she gave a Buckingham Palace concert for Queen Victoria. Known as the "Black Swan," Greenfield continued performing into the 1860s and also worked as a teacher. She died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 31, 1876.  Years later, Black Swan Records – the record label home of figures like Fletcher Henderson, Ethel Waters, R. Nathaniel Dett and Trixie Smith – was named in the historical singer's honor.  

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