Valaida Snow was born in 1904 in Tennessee to parents who were borderline middle class at a time when most African-Americans were quite the opposite. She learnt piano, violin, cello, mandolin, harp and clarinet under her mother's tutelage and made her first professional appearance in 1920. She left America for the Far East in 1926 as a member of the Jack Carter Orchestra. In the thirties she really hit her stride and became a star, both at home and abroad. She lived large, her charismatic energy and versatility given shape ...

Valaida 2005, Virago Press (UK), London, England

ISBN-13: 9781844081721

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Valaida 2005, Virago Press (UK)

ISBN-13: 9781860499449