Expressive, deep-voiced singer of jazz, blues, and soul.
She refused to perform when her parents were ushered to the back of one of her concerts to make room for white people.
Her music fought for equal rights in the US and one of her first hits was, I Loves You Porgy.
She got married to Don Ross in 1958, and after their divorce in 1960, she remarried Andrew Stroud in 1961.
Like her, another famous North Carolina-born musician is Doc Watson.