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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Irma Thomas.

Author: Irma Thomas; Larry Crowe; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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Singer Irma Thomas was born Irma Lee on February 18, 1941 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. She was raised in New Orleans and began singing with a Baptist Church choir and a gospel quartet. At the age of eleven, Thomas won The Ritz Theater’s talent night. Two years later, she auditioned for Specialty Records. Her big break came in 1959 when she captured the attention of bandleader Tommy Ridgley at New Orleans’ Pimlico  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Irma Thomas; Irma Thomas
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Irma Thomas; Larry Crowe; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1003150605
Credits: Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Performer(s): Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
New Orleans, Louisiana
2008 March 27.
Description: 1 online resource (4 video files (2 hr., 50 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with Irma Thomas
Irma Thomas

Abstract:

Singer Irma Thomas was born Irma Lee on February 18, 1941 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. She was raised in New Orleans and began singing with a Baptist Church choir and a gospel quartet. At the age of eleven, Thomas won The Ritz Theater’s talent night. Two years later, she auditioned for Specialty Records. Her big break came in 1959 when she captured the attention of bandleader Tommy Ridgley at New Orleans’ Pimlico Club. Thomas’ single, Wish Someone Would Care, was the biggest hit of her career and reached #17 on Billboard’s pop charts in the spring of 1964. Her comeback as a recording artist started in 1986 when she co-produced an album, The New Rules, with Scott Billington for Rounder Records. Thomas received two Grammy nominations in 1989 and 1991. She and her husband owned and operated a night club in New Orleans called the Lion’s Den until it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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