Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan was an award-winning jazz singer who rose to stardom in the mid-20th century. “The Divine One” or “Sassy,” as she was nicknamed, nurtured her vocal talents in her family church in Newark, New Jersey, at an early age. Her voice ranged over three octaves, and she exercised virtuosic control over it; swooping from high to low and back, she could stretch a single syllable into several.

Working with some of America’s jazz greats, Vaughan developed a talent for melodic and rhythmic improvisation and exceptionally skillful phrasing. Her fresh way with lyrics and interpretive power deepened as she aged. Remarkably, her voice did not diminish with time; she sang with operatic virtuosity for the whole of her five-decade career.

Some of her best known works include: “Body and Soul,” “It’s Magic,” “Thinking of You,” “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Misty,” “If You Could See Me Now,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” “Autumn in New York,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Key Largo,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” and “Lover Man.”

Listeners frequently note that she used her voice as an instrument, and Vaughan herself said that she copied her style from the “horn-tooters.”

The Sarah Vaughan stamp is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Born in Port Arthur, TX, in 1943, Janis Joplin began expressing her musical talents by singing in the local choir. She broke onto the national music scene with an explosive performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and recorded three hit albums before her death at the age of 27.

The album she was recording at the time of her death, Pearl, went on to cement her reputation as one of the greatest rock singers of all time. “Me and Bobby McGee,” written by Kris Kristofferson, became a number one hit.

The Janice Joplin stamp set is available today by clicking here or going to USPS.com.

The new Lydia Mendoza stamp

Lydia Mendoza

Born in Houston, TX, Lydia Mendoza (1916-2007) was a popular Tejano music singer whose career spanned seven decades.

Mendoza first learned to play the guitar from her mother and grandmother. She used their teachings to join the family group, recording her first album alongside her mother, father, and sister in 1928. Not long thereafter, Mendoza branched off on her own, recording more than 1,000 songs with her 12-string guitar.

The Lydia Mendoza stamp is available today as a Forever stamp.

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