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Birth Name: Lillie Mae Jones
Born: 1929/05/16
Birth Place: Flint, Michigan
Died: 1998/09/26
Years Active: 1948-1998
Genres: Vocal Jazz

Betty Carter (born Lillie Mae Jones, May 16, 1929 - September 26, 1998) was an American jazz singer renowned for her improvisational technique and idiosyncratic vocal style. Her devotion to the jazz idiom was such that her fellow vocalist Carmen McRae once claimed that "there's really only one jazz singer - only one: Betty Carter."

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