Earl Coleman

Earl Coleman is a forgotten singer today. The baritone with a barrel voice was born in Port Huron in 1925. He began singing in bands led by Jay McShann, Earl Hines, and others. He was a regular at 52nd Street clubs in New York in late 1940s. Coleman’s singing of blues and ballads brought out a lot of emotion. He sounded like he was stretching and yawning while singing. Coleman was also a favourite of jazz musicians, who loved his unique ability to crawl into lyrics to tell a personal tale. Coleman died in 1995. Source: www.jazzwax.com

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