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Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Lil Greenwood dies; singer toured with Duke Ellington

Lil Greenwood, a veteran blues singer from the 1950s chitlin’ circuit who toured with both the Duke Ellington Orchestra and rhythm-and-blues bandleader Roy Milton, died July 19 in her home town Pritchard, Alabama. She was 86.

Ellington, with whom she worked from 1957 to 1963, once described Ms.Greenwood’s warm alto voice as “a mixture of Marian Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Mahalia Jackson.” Before her tenure with Duke, Ms. Greenwood did several recordings in the jump rhythm-and-blues style for the Modern and Federal record labels.

Ms. Greenwood had an autumnal career resurgence in recent years with appearances at jazz festivals, a 2002 U.K. reissue of her early recordings, “Walking and Talking The Blues” and a new recording in 2007, “Back To My Roots.”

Full obituaries of Ms.Greenwood appeared in The Mod Mobillian, an Mobile arts paper, and Mobile’s Press Register which also carried a video interview with her.

By Terence McArdle  |  02:12 PM ET, 07/25/2011

 
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