Myra Taylor


Considered the last of the authentic swing singers in the Kansas City tradition, Ms. Taylor first achieved national prominence as a vocalist with Harlan Leonard's Kansas City Rockets in the 1940s, and was the first person to ever record the now modern standard, "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire." An original member of the first black USO troupe, along with famed pianist Eubie Blake, she is one of the few entertainers to have performed for the troops in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam.

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