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What you need to know Evelyn Dove, today's Google Doodle

PICTURED: Evelyn Dove

GOOGLE IS paying tribute to black British singing superstar Evelyn Dove on what would have been her 117th birthday by making her today’s Google Doodle.

The black and white animation depicts a smiling Dove singing into a microphone.

Born on January 11 1902, Dove, was of Sierra Leonean and British heritage.

She studied singing, piano and elocution at the Royal Academy of Music and had initially hoped to embark on a career in classical style concert music but opportunities in this area were closed off to black performers during the 1920s.

Determined to share her talent and pursue her passions, Dove performed in cabaret shows and sung jazz instead. She built up a successful career in music, which saw her travel around the world to sing.

TRIBUTE: Today's Google Doodle of Evelyn Dove

Her singing style drew comparisons with Josephine Baker, who she went on to replace as the main attraction in a revue at the Casino de Paris, one of the most renowned music halls.

One review from the time described her as “one of the leading personalities of Europe’s entertainment world”.

Her talent and reputation led to her becoming the first black singer to perform on BBC Radio. She sang in a range of programmes that were broadcasted during the Second World War.

Among her most popular broadcasts, was the Serenade in Sepia series, which she performed alongside Trinidadian singer Edric Connor.

Dove, was a true pioneer, who captivated audiences with her voice and glamorous costumes throughout her career.

She died of pneumonia in 1987, aged 84.

Google Doodles are temporary animations that alter the search engine’s logo on its homepage and search results page. The doodles highlight individuals, holidays and events.

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