All that Jazz

February 20, 2007

Reported by: Evan Johnson

Born in Lake Charles, Nellie Lutcher was a black jazz singer and pianist who received some recognition in the late 1940's and early 1950's for her distinctive voice. In 1947, she competed in a March of Dimes talent show in Hollywood, California. During that show, which was broadcasted on radio, her performance caught the ear of a Capitol Records scout.

After signing with Capitol, she made several records that topped pop, jazz, and R&B charts. One of these songs was "Can I Come in for a Second", a duet with Nat King Cole.

Lutcher continued to perform occasionally until the 1990's. This caused a record company in Germany, where she was really popular, to issue a box set containing her entire collection of music.

KPLC celebrates jazz singer Nellie Lutcher for today's Moment in Black History.