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Elisabeth Welch was born on February 27,1904. She was a African-American chanteuse singer and dancer. From New York City, her mother was from Scotland and her father was of African and Native American decent. Welchs career began as a child, singing in school productions and in the choir at St. Cypians Episcopal Church. It was in 1923 that her choir was invited to sing in the Broadway production of Runnin Wild. Here she introduced the Charleston, a new dance to the tune of the same name. In 1928 she joined Lew Leslie's historic Blackbirds of 1928, where her co-stars were Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, Aida Ward and Adelaide Hall. She also starred in many British movies in the 1930s, appearing alongside Paul Robeson and Rex Harrison. The African-American actress and singer was one of the most redoubtable entertainers of the 20th century. Celebrated for her sultry singing voice, she was a great interpreter of popular song and her long career took her from New York's jazz-age theatre to Paris cabaret and numerous West End musicals and revues. Elisabeth Welch died in Denville Hall, Middlesex, on July 15, aged 99.
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