Lena HorneLena Horne
(born in 1917
) is an American popular singer
. While she has recorded and performed extensively with jazz
musicians (notably Artie Shaw
and Teddy Wilson), she is usually not considered a jazz singer because she does not improvise.
She was the first African American performer to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio, and became famous in 1943 for her rendition of Stormy Weather in the movie of the same name.