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Elisabeth Welch

, 99, the American-born singer who introduced the Charleston on Broadway and had show-stopping success with songs such as Harold Arlen's "Stormy Weather," died Tuesday in London. The cause of death was not reported.

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Born in New York to a Scottish-born mother and a father of African-American and American Indian descent, Welch's first big part on Broadway was in the chorus in Lew Leslie's Blackbirds. She went with the show to Paris.

Welch made her London debut in an all-black review, Dark Doings at the Leicester Square Theatre in 1933, in which she introduced Harold Arlen's haunting "Stormy Weather" to British audiences.

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She settled in England, becoming a star of stage, film and radio.


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