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Baltimore Jazz Singer Ruby Glover Dies at 77

Jazz vocalist Ruby Glover, a local favorite in the Baltimore area with more than 50 years in the entertainment business, died Oct. 20, one day after collapsing onstage from a stroke during an East Baltimore concert. She was 77.

In addition to her singing, Glover was known for her role in presenting an annual Billie Holiday vocal competition in Baltimore. She also taught a jazz appreciation course at Sojourner-Douglass College and gave tours of Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue, where jazz flourished in the mid-20th century.

Glover began singing at age 6 and after turning professional in the 1940s she attracted the attention of many giants of the jazz world-Miles Davis and John Coltrane, as well as Holiday herself, were said to be among her admirers. Although she was courted by Columbia Records, she never became a recording artist, preferring to sing in front of audiences.

Glover also held a day job as an administrator at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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