Carmen McRae

American jazz musician and actress (1922-1994)

Carmen Mercedes McRae (8 April 1920[1] – 10 November 1994) was an American musician, composer and actress. She performed jazz music. She recorded more than sixty albums. Her hit singles included "Dream of Life", "Good Morning Heartache" and "God Bless the Child".

Carmen McRae
McRae in 1980
McRae in 1980
Background information
Birth nameCarmen Mercedes McRae
Also known as"The Singer's Singer"
Born(1920-04-08)April 8, 1920
OriginHarlem, New York City, New York, USA
DiedNovember 10, 1994(1994-11-10) (aged 74)
Beverly Hills, California, United States
GenresVocal jazz, bebop, traditional pop
Occupation(s)Singer, pianist
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active1939–1991
LabelsDecca, Kapp, Columbia, Mainstream, Atlantic, Blue Note, Concord, Novus

McRae was born in New York City. She died in Beverly Hills, California from a stroke at 74.


  1. Stephen Holden (November 12, 1994). "Carmen McRae Is Dead at 74; Jazz Career Spanned 5 Decades". The New York Times. Retrieved December 16, 2015.

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