Thelma Carpenter

Thelma Carpenter

About Thelma Carpenter

Thelma Carpenter (January 15, 1922 - May 14, 1997) was a jazz singer and actress, best known as 'Miss One', the Good Witch of the North in the movie The Wiz. As a child performer, Carpenter had her own radio show in New York and won an amateur night at the Apollo Theatre in 1938 (where she would be honored and perform nearly 60 years later on the NBC special Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame.) She played such clubs as Kelly's Stable and the Famous Door on legendary 52nd Street, where she was discovered by John Hammond. She subsequently made her debut as a band vocalist with Teddy Wilson's short-lived orchestra in 1939, recording Love Grows on the White Oak Tree and This is the Moment for Brunswick Records.

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