Midge Williams

Midge Williams (1915-1952) was an American jazz singer known for her powerful and expressive vocals. She was born on April 27, 1915, in Houston, Texas. Williams began her singing career in the late 1930s, performing with various bands in the Midwest and on the West Coast. Her vocal style encompassed elements of blues, swing, and traditional jazz. She possessed a rich and resonant voice that could convey a wide range of emotions, from sultry and soulful to joyful and energetic.

In the early 1940s, Williams gained prominence as the lead vocalist for the big band of legendary jazz pianist and bandleader Andy Kirk. She became an integral part of the band’s sound, often performing alongside other notable musicians such as Mary Lou Williams and June Richmond. Williams’ commanding stage presence and powerful delivery made her a standout performer in the swing era. During her career, Williams recorded several popular songs, including “Mound Bayou” and “Get Out of Here.” Her recordings showcased her vocal prowess and her ability to interpret a variety of musical styles.

Unfortunately, Williams’ career was cut short by health issues, and she passed away on September 19, 1952, at the age of 37. While her time in the spotlight was relatively brief, Midge Williams left an indelible mark on the jazz world with her exceptional vocal talent and captivating performances. Her recordings continue to be appreciated by jazz enthusiasts, serving as a testament to her musical legacy.

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