Music Minute: Lena Horne's Musical Roots

Jun 30, 2017

Today’s Music Minute features a jazz singer and actress who spent her formative years in Georgia.

Lena Horne was born on this day in 1917. This is the theme song from her 1943 movie, "Stormy Weather."

Although she started in New York City, Horne spent much of her childhood in Fort Valley and Atlanta.

During her induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1991, she told the Telegraph that participating in a youth choir in Macon was her start in singing.

In the 1940s, Horne was one of the first black performers hired to sing with a major white band, and among a handful with a Hollywood contract.

Horne passed away in 2010 at the age of 92.

She will always be remembered for her beauty on the stage and in her voice.