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Sarah Vaughan to Appear on U.S. Postage Stamp in 2016

Vocal icon joins Miles, Trane, Ella and others in jazz commemorative series

Sarah Vaughan U.S. postage stamp
Sheet of Sarah Vaughan U.S. postage stamps

It has been 25 years since Sarah Vaughan passed away, but her legacy continues to be honored not only with many posthumous recordings but now on a commemorative Forever stamp. On August 20, the United States Postal Service announced, via the philatelic website Linns, that the Grammy-winning jazz singer will be the latest addition to the agency’s Music Icons series for next year. Previous subjects in the series include Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and, most recently, Elvis Presley.

The new stamp’s artwork is an oil painting by artist Bart Forbes of the singer, inspired by a photograph by Hugo Bell from circa 1955. The back cover of the sheet of 16 stamps is a reprise of the stamp artwork and features a list of Vaughan’s popular recordings-among those mentioned are “Body and Soul,” “Misty,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” “Autumn in New York” and “It’s Magic.”

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