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Remembering Lena Horne

I was sad to learn of the death of Lena Horne over the weekend at age 92. The gorgeous songstress was  one of the first black singers with an all-white band, and one of the first to have a Hollywood contract. She was also one of my mom's favorite singers, so I got to hear a lot of Lena Horne around the house growing up...and have to admit she had a helluva voice. Back in the 1970's, Lena Horne and Tony Bennett came to Stevens Point to play a free concert. Sentry Insurance, which has its world headquarters in Point,  was sponsoring the show to thank the city for all of its support through the years. My mom was extremely excited!  But how's this for bad luck..she was a telephone operator and the phone company would not let her have the night off. I recall I did a drive-by on my bike but couldn't get anywhere near the stage so I didn't have much to report when my mom came home from work. My mom did get to go see Lena Horne years later in Milwaukee or Minneapolis (I'm not sure), so she wasn't completely ripped off..and that makes for a nicer end to this blog. Here she is, singing her signature song from back in the day. The orchestra sounds a little cheesy..but Lena was still cool.

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