Nellie Lutcher

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Nellie LutcherNellie Lutcher_header_cell_0_0_0
Background informationNellie Lutcher_header_cell_0_1_0
Birth nameNellie Lutcher_header_cell_0_2_0 Nellie Rose LutcherNellie Lutcher_cell_0_2_1
BornNellie Lutcher_header_cell_0_3_0 (1912-10-15)October 15, 1912

Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.Nellie Lutcher_cell_0_3_1

DiedNellie Lutcher_header_cell_0_4_0 June 8, 2007(2007-06-08) (aged 94)

Los Angeles, California, U.S.Nellie Lutcher_cell_0_4_1

GenresNellie Lutcher_header_cell_0_5_0 Jazz, R&BNellie Lutcher_cell_0_5_1
Occupation(s)Nellie Lutcher_header_cell_0_6_0 MusicianNellie Lutcher_cell_0_6_1
LabelsNellie Lutcher_header_cell_0_7_0 Capitol, Okeh, Decca, LibertyNellie Lutcher_cell_0_7_1
Associated actsNellie Lutcher_header_cell_0_8_0 Clarence Hart, Nat "King" ColeNellie Lutcher_cell_0_8_1
Past membersNellie Lutcher_header_cell_0_10_0 Charles Burrell (musician)Nellie Lutcher_cell_0_10_1

Nellie Rose Lutcher (October 15, 1912 – June 8, 2007) was an American R&B and jazz singer and pianist, who gained prominence in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_0

Lutcher was most recognizable for her diction and exaggerated pronunciation and was credited as an influence by Nina Simone among others. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_1

Childhood Nellie Lutcher_section_0

Lutcher was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the eldest daughter of the 15 children of Isaac and Suzie Lutcher. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_2

She was the sister of saxophonist Joe Lutcher. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_3

Her father was a bass player and her mother a church organist. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_4

She received piano lessons, and her father formed a family band with her playing piano. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_5

At age 12, she played with Ma Rainey, when Rainey's regular pianist fell ill and had to be left behind in the previous town. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_6

Searching for a temporary replacement in Lake Charles, one of the neighbors told Rainey that there was a little girl who played in church who might be able to do it. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_7

Career Nellie Lutcher_section_1

Aged 15, Lutcher joined her father in Clarence Hart's Imperial Jazz Band, and in her mid-teens also briefly married the band's trumpet player. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_8

In 1933, she joined the Southern Rhythm Boys, writing their arrangements and touring widely. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_9

In 1935, she moved to Los Angeles, where she married Leonel Lewis and had a son. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_10

She began to play swing piano, and also to sing, in small combos throughout the area, and began developing her own style, influenced by Earl Hines, Duke Ellington and her friend Nat "King" Cole. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_11

She was not widely known until 1947 when she learned of the March of Dimes talent show at Hollywood High School, and performed. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_12

The show was broadcast on the radio and her performance caught the ear of Dave Dexter, a scout for Capitol Records. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_13

She was signed by Capitol and made several records, including "The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)" and her first hit single, the risqué "Hurry On Down", which went to # 2 on the rhythm and blues chart. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_14

This was followed by her equally successful composition "He's A Real Gone Guy", which also made # 2 on the R&B chart and crossed over to the pop charts where it reached # 15. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_15

In 1948 she had a string of further R&B chart hits, the most successful being "Fine Brown Frame", her third # 2 R&B hit. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_16

Her songs charted on the pop, jazz, and R&B charts, she toured widely and became widely known. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_17

She wrote many of her own songs and, unlike many other African-American artists of the period, retained the valuable publishing rights to them. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_18

In 1950, Lutcher duetted with Nat "King" Cole on "For You My Love" and "Can I Come in for a Second". Nellie Lutcher_sentence_19

The same year, her records began to be released in the UK and were actively promoted by radio DJ Jack Jackson. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_20

She headlined a UK variety tour, compered by Jackson, with great success, later returning there to tour on her own. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_21

With an orchestra for the first time, Lutcher recorded "The Birth of the Blues" and "I Want to Be Near You" in 1951, but she was losing her appeal with the record-buying public and Capitol dropped her the following year. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_22

She went on to record, much less successfully, for other labels including Okeh, Decca and Liberty, and gradually wound down her performance schedule. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_23

In 1952 Lutcher was contacted to perform on first a "happy new years" television special, however after she finished her song, it was revealed that she was on the set of, and the honoree of, a This Is Your Life episode. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_24

She died in Los Angeles in 2007, aged 94. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_25

She was the aunt of Latin jazz percussionist Darryl "Munyungo" Jackson and singer Jacquelyn Levy. Nellie Lutcher_sentence_26

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Lutcher.