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Maxine Sullivan

Marietta Williams

Vocalist, Trombonist, Radio Host, Nurse, Actress

(1911 - 1987)

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Maxine Sullivan enjoyed a career which lasted throughout her lifetime. Her first hit was the unlikely “Loch Lomond” (1937), sung to a swinging arrangement by bandleader Claude Thornhill. Consequently, she recorded more folk and novelty tunes, but her real success was as an engaging club performer and interpreter of standards. She also had a radio show with her husband, John Kirby, in 1940, the only program that aired black entertainers nationally.

Sullivan appeared on Broadway in Swingin’ the Dream (1939), where she and Louis Armstrong introduced “Darn that Dream.” She also appeared in the films Going Places (1938) and St. Louis Blues (1939) and toured with Benny Carter in 1941. Her career was interrupted by two short retirements, during which time she worked as a nurse, but she returned to performing in 1958, playing trombone and flugelhorn as well as singing.

Sullivan made several fine recordings with saxophonist Scott Hamilton in the ‘80s, proving that there is no limit to what a swinging young lady of 75 can accomplish.

- Sandra Burlingame


Maxine Sullivan - Loch Lomond: Greatest Hits 1937-1942

Maxine Sullivan



My Memories of You

Maxine Sullivan



Moments Like This

Maxine Sullivan



Memories of You

Teagarden, Jack / Maxine Sullivan



It's Wonderful

Maxine Sullivan



Uptown

Maxine Sullivan



We Just Couldn't

Maxine Sullivan



1937-1938

Maxine Sullivan



Something to Remember You By

Maxine Sullivan, Scott Hamilton



Swingin' Sweet

Maxine Sullivan with the Scott Hamilton Quintet



Queen, Vol. 1

Maxine Sullivan



Highlights In Jazz

Maxine Sullivan
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Maxine Sullivan, Marian McPartland, Ella Fitzgerald

Maxine Sullivan: Love To Be In Love [VHS]

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