Summary: R&B singer whose recordings of Teardrops in My Eyes, 5-10-15 Hours, and (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean shot her to rhythm-and-blues stardom in the 1950's, who later won a Tony for best actress in the Broadway revue Black & Blue and played a feisty deejay in the cult movie Hairspray (1988), and who won a Grammy for best jazz vocal performance for the album Blues on Broadway in 1989.
Cause of Death: Complications from a stroke and heart attack
Born: January 30, 1928
Died: November 17, 2006
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada