Pit would care for George, Ray’s brother, so as to take the burden off Aretha.However, George drowned in Aretha’s laundry tub when he was four years old.On December 18, 1964, Mecom’s private plane was mistakenly shot down by the Egyptian air force, killing both pilot and co-pilot. S.-Egypt relations, Mecom being a friend and donor of Lyndon Johnson.
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After asking a friend to look at a map and note the city in the United States that was farthest from Florida, he moved to Seattle in 1947 (where he first met and befriended, under the tutelage of Robert Blackwell, a 14-year-old Quincy Jones) and soon started recording, first for the Down Beat label as the Maxin Trio with guitarist G. Mc Kee and bassist Milton Garrett, achieving his first hit with “Confession Blues” in 1949. In 1950, he played in a Miami hotel, impressing Henry Stone, who recorded a Ray Charles Rockin’ record which never became very popular.
During his stay in Miami, Charles was required to stay in the segregated but thriving black community of Overtown. The following year, Swing Time folded and Ahmet Ertegün signed him to Atlantic Records.
On April 18, 2013, Fantasia returned to American Idol singing "Lose to Win." The performance dubbed "dynamic, passionate and powerful" won her fervent expressions of approval from the show's current judges and a wild ovation from the live audience.
Moreover, she has received rave reviews in the media for the performance.
As of February 2012, Fantasia has sold 2,842,000 albums and 1,425,000 tracks in the United States.
In 2012, VH1 ranked her number 32 out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.
The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008.
She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award.
Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on August 24, 2010 and features the single "Bittersweet," which peaked in the top ten on the R&B chart.
The single won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Fantasia Taylor was born Fantasia Barrino to Diane and Joseph Barrino and raised in High Point, North Carolina. Taylor cites Aretha Franklin, Patti La Belle and Tina Turner as her biggest musical influences. R&B duo K-Ci & Jo Jo, formerly of Jodeci, are her first cousins.