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Alice Babs, Who Sang with Duke Ellington, Dies at 90

Swedish star appeared at Ellington's 1960s Sacred Concerts

Alice Babs

Alice Babs, a Swedish vocalist who sang with the Duke Ellington Orchestra during the 1960s, and was particularly acclaimed for her contributions to the composer’s Sacred Concerts, died Feb. 11 in Stockholm from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Babs was 90.

Revered in her homeland as its first entrant into the annual Eurovision Song Contest, Babs was born Hildur Alice Nilsson on January 26, 1924 in Västervik, Sweden. She sang as a child and gravitated toward jazz, getting her break when she appeared in a 1940 Swedish film, Swing it, Magistern. She ultimately appeared in more than 20 films.

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