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Betty Carter
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Birth Date:May 16, 1930
Astrology Sign:Taurus
Chinese Sign:Horse - Yang
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Occupation:Jazz singer

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Betty Carter

Biography:Betty Carter (May 16, 1930 - September 26, 1998) was a prominent American jazz singer who was renowned for her improvisational techniques. Carter expanded the role of the vocalist in Jazz, to a full, improvising member of the band. Although her voice was not as admired by the public as such vocalists as Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald, many consider her to have exercised mastery of the human voice previously unheard in Jazz.

Carter was born Lillie Mae Jones in Flint, Michigan and grew up in Detroit, where her father led a church choir. She studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory. She won a talent contest and became a regular on the local club circuit, singing and playing piano. When she was sixteen, she sang with Charlie Parker. She later performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis and toured with Lionel Hampton, (from whom she received the nickname "Betty Bepop") where she perfected her scat singing of bebop.

Her career eclipsed somewhat during the 1960s and 1970s, but a series of duets with Ray Charles brought her a measure of popular recognition. She was well-received at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1977 and 1978. Carter won a Grammy in 1988 for her album Look What I Got!.

In 1993, Carter helped launch the Jazz Ahead program for young musicians at the Kennedy Center. In 1994, she performed at the White House was a headliner at Verve's 50th anniversary celebration in Carnegie Hall.

In 1997, she was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton.

Carter remained active in jazz music until her death in September 1998 at age 69 from pancreatic cancer.

Chinese Horoscope for Betty Carter
Includes characteristics and Vices
Betty Carter's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 30, 1930 - February 16, 1931
Birthday: May 16, 1930

The Horse is a Yang,
and is the Seventh sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Betty Carter's Personality Tarot Card The Chariot - Personality Card

Birthday: May 16, 1930

A struggle or conflict, yet strong potential for triumph over adversity.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Betty Carter's Growth Tarot Card The Hierophant

Birthday: May 16, 2018

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.




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