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— Jill Greenberg, Long Beach, California

Nellie Lutcher

Nellie Lutcher

Nellie Lutcher as portrayed by Wilma Moore Young

Nellie Lutcher (October 15, 1912 – June 8, 2007) was an African-American R&B and jazz singer and pianist, who achieved prominence in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She was most recognizable for her distinctive voice, particularly her phrasing and exaggerated pronunciation, and was credited as an influence by Nina Simone among others.

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Portrayed by (in alphabetical order)

Nerverlyn Townsel

Neverlyn Townsel

Wilma Moore Young

Wilma Moore Young