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Humes, Helen

(born: 1913  -  died: 1981) 

Born in Louisville, KY, Humes made her first recording in 1927 in St. Louis. She then moved to New York and worked with the Vernon Andrades Orchestra. She replaced Billie Holiday in the Count Basie Band, recorded tunes for film and television, and appeared in the film Simply Heaven [Langston Hughes]. Humes moved to California in the 1940s and when her career slowed in the 1960s, returned to Kentucky. Humes' career picked up in the 1970s. For more see Kentucky Women, by E. K. Potter; and Contemporary Musicians, vol. 19, by S. A. McConnel.


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NKAA Source: Simply heaven (film)
NKAA Source: Kentucky women : two centuries of indomitable spirit and vision
NKAA Source: Contemporary musicians: profiles of the people in music. Volume 19

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