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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.”

A brief biographical description of Vaughan on the stamp sheet reads: “Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990) was one of America’s greatest singers, successful in both jazz and pop. Swooping from high to low and back again, her voice ranged over several octaves. Her talent for improvisation and skillful phrasing created a style all her own, which continues to influence some of today’s best singers and win her new generations of fans.”

The date and location of the stamp’s first day of issue have not yet been announced.

Vaughan is the latest jazz artist to be featured on a U.S. commemorative stamp, joining Louis Armstrong Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and others. In 2011, the Postal Service issued a stamp honoring the genre of jazz itself.

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