Austin-based jazz and gospel singer Donna Hightower, who achieved international fame during the 1960s and ’70s, died Monday. She was 86.
Discovered in 1950 while singing in the Chicago diner where she worked, Hightower began her career recording the blues for Decca Records and then, after moving to New York, Capitol Records. In 1959, a tour with Quincy Jones and the Platters took her to Europe, where she would remain for 30 years before moving to Austin in 1990.
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