Herb Jeffries

American singer and actor (1913-2014)

Herbert "Herb" Jeffries (Umberto Alexander Valentino; September 24, 1913 – May 25, 2014),[2][3] was an American jazz and popular singer and actor.

Herbert "Herb" Jeffries
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Background information
Birth nameUmberto Alexander Valentino (some sources cite Umberto Alejandro Ballentino)
Born(1913-09-24)September 24, 1913
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedMay 25, 2014(2014-05-25) (aged 100)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
Years active1933–1995
LabelsWarner Bros. Records[1]


  1. "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  2. Leonard Feather. "Jeffries, Herb" profile, Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (Oxford UP, 1999). p. 354.
  3. Sarfraz Manzoor. "From Our Own Correspondent - The Black Cowboy." BBC Radio 4. First aired on 21 Mar 2013. Segment on Jeffries begins at 22:10. Accessed 22 Mar 2013.

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