In May of this year one of my favourite female singers of all-time passed. Her name is Lena Horne.
I was always so intrigued with her life. It was difficult at first for her. Having African American heritage, it wasn't easy in her formative years as a singer. She had to put up with and live through a lot of bigotry and racism. She succeeded in spite of it all.
Check out her biography/ time-line here. An amazing life of an amazing woman.
Here she is a little later in life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPvZR6DTbq8&feature=channel