Music: Sugar & Spice

When a pert-faced high-school junior named Sarah Vaughan stepped on to the stage of Harlem's Apollo Theater one night in 1942, her only public singing experience had been in the church choir in Newark, NJ. But it turned out to be the old story of the unknown little girl, amateur night and the happy ending. When the jazz-wise Apollo audience heard Sarah's meandering, bittersweet version of Body and Soul, they clapped and whistled her into first place, with a week's engagement at $40 on the theater's regular bill. That night on the long ride...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!