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Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della Reese, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned seven decades. Her long career began as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?". In the late 1960s she hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. From 1975 she also starred in films, playing opposite Redd Foxx in Harlem Nights (1989), Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Elliott Gould in Expecting Mary (2010). Reese achieved continued success in the religious television drama Touched by an Angel (1994–2003), in which she played the leading role of Tess.

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  • Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della Reese, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned seven decades. Her long career began as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?". In the late 1960s she hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. From 1975 she also starred in films, playing opposite Redd Foxx in Harlem Nights (1989), Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Elliott Gould in Expecting Mary (2010). Reese achieved continued success in the religious television drama Touched by an Angel (1994–2003), in which she played the leading role of Tess.
  • Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della Reese, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned seven decades. She began her long career as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?". In the late 1960s she hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. From 1975 she also starred in films, playing opposite Redd Foxx in Harlem Nights (1989), Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Elliott Gould in Expecting Mary (2010). Reese achieved continued success in the religious television drama Touched by an Angel (1994–2003), in which she played the leading role of Tess.
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  • Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della Reese, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned seven decades. Her long career began as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?". In the late 1960s she hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. From 1975 she also starred in films, playing opposite Redd Foxx in Harlem Nights (1989), Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Elliott Gould in Expecting Mary (2010). Reese achieved continued success in the religious television drama Touched by an Angel (1994–2003), in which she played the leading role of Tess.
  • Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della Reese, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned seven decades. She began her long career as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?". In the late 1960s she hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. From 1975 she also starred in films, playing opposite Redd Foxx in Harlem Nights (1989), Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Elliott Gould in Expecting Mary (2010). Reese achieved continued success in the religious television drama Touched by an Angel (1994–2003), in which she played the leading role of Tess.
  • Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della Reese, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned seven decades. She began her long career as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?". In the late 1960s she hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. From 1975 she also starred in films, playing opposite Redd Foxx in Harlem Nights (1989), Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Elliott Gould in Expecting Mary (2010). Reese achieved continued success in the religious television drama Touched by an Angel (1994–2003), in which she played the leading role of Tess. Della Reese By : Angelo Epps May 17, 2021 Della Reese was born as Delloreese Patricia Early, on July 6, 1931 in the historic Black Bottom neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan. Della's dad, Richard Thaddeus Early, who was an African American steelworker. Della's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was a Native American cook of the Cherokee tribe. Nellie had several children before Della Reese's birth, none of Nellie’s children lived with her, so Della Reese grew up as an only child. At the age of six years old, Della Reese began singing in her church choir; from this experienced she began her gospel singing career. On the weekend, in the 1940’s, Della Reese and her mother would go to the movies independently to watch the lives of famous singers portrayed on the screens. Afterward Della Reese would act out the scenes from the films. In 1944, she began her career, at the age of 13, directing the juvenile choir, after she had excelled her theater classes and music classes for approximately 4 years. Della Reese was still 13 when she got her first job to help support her parents, Della Reese earned nearly $12,000 a month, but it increased as the choir earned more and more money due to Della Reese's amazing voice, she had eventually got the average of $16,000 a month. Della Reese was hired to sing with Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group. Della Reese toured around the country with Mahalia Jackson, sending, at least, half of her paycheck home by mail. Della Reese was an exceptionally reliable child, often sending 2/3 of her paycheck to her parents. Due to Della Reese's generosity, Della Reese's parents never missed, or were behind in bills. Mahalia saw how generous Della Reese was, so Mahalia increased her salary to $19,000 a month. As Mahalia traveled with Della, their fans and followers increased to nearly 3 /4 of the country. Della Reese later suggested that they should hire a translator to translate their music to the 6,500+ languages, by editing their words but not their voice. this ‘edit’ cost approximately $49,000, but the profit was over 83 million dollars, coming from anywhere as far as: Mexico, Jamaica, Brazil, Egypt, Costa Rica, Russia, Australia ,Germany, Pakistan ,Iraq, Canada, Italy, Israel, New Zealand ,Greece, Japan, Ukraine, Madagascar, Norway, China, Kenya, Afghanistan, South Africa, Thailand, Peru, Spain, Hawaii, France, Cuba, Turkey, Hungary, Switzerland, India, and even Sweden.In July 1947 Della Reese found out that the Cherokee tribe were attacked by the Shawnee tribe, and Della Reese's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was killed for helping the Cherokee’s, by feeding them. After getting this tragic news, Della Reese took several months off. Della Reese often got into screaming matches due to her father, Richard, getting a girlfriend, almost immediately after Nellie’s death, and becoming a major alcoholic. Della Reese often had to drag him out of bars, because he often drank until he passed out. The bar owner exchanged numbers with her, so he could call her when she could pick her father up. Della Reese later got over this tragic event, picking up several odd jobs, such as a truck driver, dental receptionist , and as an elevator operator. Due to them both being unemployed for several months, the house’s bills were behind, and they were in debt. While Della Reese's father was in a bar, she was working for nearly 112 hours a week, refusing to take a day off. Della Reese even took all of her school savings, to pay of the majority of the debts, but they still owed thousands of dollars. In December of 1947, Della Reese changed her name, breaking her first name into her first and last name. Dellareese was then officially Della Reese. This decision was one of the many decisions that helped her career, both musically and commercially. Many of her fans faded away, due to not hearing Della Reese's sudden decision to quit. Even though Della Reese made appearances in well known night clubs, she did not feel as happy as she was touring the world. Della Reese reconnected with Mahalia, inviting her to be her employer, but with a slight twist ; Della Reese would be an equal to Mahalia, and they would make a new and improved group. Mahalia agreed, making slight, but good changes. Mahalia had made it an all-girl group. In 1953, Della Reese and Mahalia signed a recording contract with Jubilee Records, for which they made six albums. Unfortunately, Richard DIED from all the DRINKING over the past 10 YEARS. Mahalia left to go back to singing gospel, asking Della Reese if she would join, but Della Reese said that they had to part ways and they wished to cross paths again ( which, luckily, they did). Della Reese joined the Hawkins Orchestra, which was led by Erskine Ramsay Hawkins ( who was an African American trumpeter and incredibly famous and big band leader. Hawkins was born on July 26, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama. Hawkins was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall Of Fame, and the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame in 1978-1989.). Della Reese had 3 husbands: Vermont Taliaferro (1951-1958), Leroy Gray (1959-1961), and Franklin Lett (1983-2017). Della Reese had 4 children, out of those 4 children, Della Reese only knew 1: Deloreese Daniels(daughter, born on November 20, 1959, died on March 14,2002, due to a pituitary disease), Dominique Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), James Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), and Franklin Reese (son, unknown birth, and unknown death). In 1979, while on live national tv, The Tonight Show to be exact, Della Reese suffered from a near fatal brain aneurysm, but fortunately made a full recovery. Della Reese had to undergo 2 surgeries, by neurosurgeon Charles Drake at University Hospital in London, Ontario. In 2016, shortly after her 85th birthday, Della Reese was reported to be in poor health and not having enough nutrition and vitamins, Della Reese said that she would refuse to take any more pills than she already had. Della Reese had undergone many surgeries, due to health problems related to her refusal to take more supplements. Della Reese later stated that she had ignored her health for several years, due to the stress of her husbands, her child, and her father and mother and their deaths. Della Reese often used a wheelchair, but she often tried to leave it but being forced to sit back down due to her losing her strength. Della Reese died at her home in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles on November 19, 2017, at the age of 86. On June 23,2019, the New York Times listed Della Reese among the millions of musical artists and producers, of whose material was lost in the 2008 Universal Studios fire
  • Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della Reese, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned seven decades. She began her long career as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?". In the late 1960s she hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. From 1975 she also starred in films, playing opposite Redd Foxx in Harlem Nights (1989), Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Elliott Gould in Expecting Mary (2010). Reese achieved continued success in the religious television drama Touched by an Angel (1994–2003), in which she played the leading role of Tess. Della Reese By : Angelo Epps May 17, 2021 Della Reese was born as Delloreese Patricia Early, on July 6, 1931 in the historic Black Bottom neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan. Della's dad, Richard Thaddeus Early, who was an African American steelworker. Della's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was a Native American cook of the Cherokee tribe. Nellie had several children before Della Reese's birth, none of Nellie’s children lived with her, so Della Reese grew up as an only child. At the age of six years old, Della Reese began singing in her church choir; from this experienced she began her gospel singing career. On the weekend, in the 1940’s, Della Reese and her mother would go to the movies independently to watch the lives of famous singers portrayed on the screens. Afterward Della Reese would act out the scenes from the films. In 1944, she began her career, at the age of 13, directing the juvenile choir, after she had excelled her theater classes and music classes for approximately 4 years. Della Reese was still 13 when she got her first job to help support her parents, Della Reese earned nearly $12,000 a month, but it increased as the choir earned more and more money due to Della Reese's amazing voice, she had eventually got the average of $16,000 a month. Della Reese was hired to sing with Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group. Della Reese toured around the country with Mahalia Jackson, sending, at least, half of her paycheck home by mail. Della Reese was an exceptionally reliable child, often sending 2/3 of her paycheck to her parents. Due to Della Reese's generosity, Della Reese's parents never missed, or were behind in bills. Mahalia saw how generous Della Reese was, so Mahalia increased her salary to $19,000 a month. As Mahalia traveled with Della, their fans and followers increased to nearly 3 /4 of the country. Della Reese later suggested that they should hire a translator to translate their music to the 6,500+ languages, by editing their words but not their voice. this ‘edit’ cost approximately $49,000, but the profit was over 83 million dollars, coming from anywhere as far as: Mexico, Jamaica, Brazil, Egypt, Costa Rica, Russia, Australia ,Germany, Pakistan ,Iraq, Canada, Italy, Israel, New Zealand ,Greece, Japan, Ukraine, Madagascar, Norway, China, Kenya, Afghanistan, South Africa, Thailand, Peru, Spain, Hawaii, France, Cuba, Turkey, Hungary, Switzerland, India, and even Sweden.In July 1947 Della Reese found out that the Cherokee tribe were attacked by the Shawnee tribe, and Della Reese's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was killed for helping the Cherokee’s, by feeding them. After getting this tragic news, Della Reese took several months off. Della Reese often got into screaming matches due to her father, Richard, getting a girlfriend, almost immediately after Nellie’s death, and becoming a major alcoholic. Della Reese often had to drag him out of bars, because he often drank until he passed out. The bar owner exchanged numbers with her, so he could call her when she could pick her father up. Della Reese later got over this tragic event, picking up several odd jobs, such as a truck driver, dental receptionist , and as an elevator operator. Due to them both being unemployed for several months, the house’s bills were behind, and they were in debt. While Della Reese's father was in a bar, she was working for nearly 112 hours a week, refusing to take a day off. Della Reese even took all of her school savings, to pay of the majority of the debts, but they still owed thousands of dollars. In December of 1947, Della Reese changed her name, breaking her first name into her first and last name. Dellareese was then officially Della Reese. This decision was one of the many decisions that helped her career, both musically and commercially. Many of her fans faded away, due to not hearing Della Reese's sudden decision to quit. Even though Della Reese made appearances in well known night clubs, she did not feel as happy as she was touring the world. Della Reese reconnected with Mahalia, inviting her to be her employer, but with a slight twist ; Della Reese would be an equal to Mahalia, and they would make a new and improved group. Mahalia agreed, making slight, but good changes. Mahalia had made it an all-girl group. In 1953, Della Reese and Mahalia signed a recording contract with Jubilee Records, for which they made six albums. Unfortunately, Richard DIED from all the DRINKING over the past 10 YEARS. Mahalia left to go back to singing gospel, asking Della Reese if she would join, but Della Reese said that they had to part ways and they wished to cross paths again ( which, luckily, they did). Della Reese joined the Hawkins Orchestra, which was led by Erskine Ramsay Hawkins ( who was an African American trumpeter and incredibly famous and big band leader. Hawkins was born on July 26, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama. Hawkins was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall Of Fame, and the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame in 1978-1989.). Della Reese had 3 husbands: Vermont Taliaferro (1951-1958), Leroy Gray (1959-1961), and Franklin Lett (1983-2017). Della Reese had 4 children, out of those 4 children, Della Reese only knew 1: Deloreese Daniels(daughter, born on November 20, 1959, died on March 14,2002, due to a pituitary disease), Dominique Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), James Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), and Franklin Reese (son, unknown birth, and unknown death). In 1979, while on live national tv, The Tonight Show to be exact, Della Reese suffered from a near fatal brain aneurysm, but fortunately made a full recovery. Della Reese had to undergo 2 surgeries, by neurosurgeon Charles Drake at University Hospital in London, Ontario. In 2016, shortly after her 85th birthday, Della Reese was reported to be in poor health and not having enough nutrition and vitamins, Della Reese said that she would refuse to take any more pills than she already had. Della Reese had undergone many surgeries, due to health problems related to her refusal to take more supplements. Della Reese later stated that she had ignored her health for several years, due to the stress of her husbands, her child, and her father and mother and their deaths. Della Reese often used a wheelchair, but she often tried to leave it but being forced to sit back down due to her losing her strength. Della Reese died at her home in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles on November 19, 2017, at the age of 86. On June 23,2019, the New York Times listed Della Reese among the millions of musical artists and producers, of whose material was lost in the 2008 Universal Studios fire Della Reese By : Angelo Epps May 17, 2021 Della Reese was born as Delloreese Patricia Early, on July 6, 1931 in the historic Black Bottom neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan. Della's dad, Richard Thaddeus Early, who was an African American steelworker. Della's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was a Native American cook of the Cherokee tribe. Nellie had several children before Della Reese's birth, none of Nellie’s children lived with her, so Della Reese grew up as an only child. At the age of six years old, Della Reese began singing in her church choir; from this experienced she began her gospel singing career. On the weekend, in the 1940’s, Della Reese and her mother would go to the movies independently to watch the lives of famous singers portrayed on the screens. Afterward Della Reese would act out the scenes from the films. In 1944, she began her career, at the age of 13, directing the juvenile choir, after she had excelled her theater classes and music classes for approximately 4 years. Della Reese was still 13 when she got her first job to help support her parents, Della Reese earned nearly $12,000 a month, but it increased as the choir earned more and more money due to Della Reese's amazing voice, she had eventually got the average of $16,000 a month. Della Reese was hired to sing with Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group. Della Reese toured around the country with Mahalia Jackson, sending, at least, half of her paycheck home by mail. Della Reese was an exceptionally reliable child, often sending 2/3 of her paycheck to her parents. Due to Della Reese's generosity, Della Reese's parents never missed, or were behind in bills. Mahalia saw how generous Della Reese was, so Mahalia increased her salary to $19,000 a month. As Mahalia traveled with Della, their fans and followers increased to nearly 3 /4 of the country. Della Reese later suggested that they should hire a translator to translate their music to the 6,500+ languages, by editing their words but not their voice. this ‘edit’ cost approximately $49,000, but the profit was over 83 million dollars, coming from anywhere as far as: Mexico, Jamaica, Brazil, Egypt, Costa Rica, Russia, Australia ,Germany, Pakistan ,Iraq, Canada, Italy, Israel, New Zealand ,Greece, Japan, Ukraine, Madagascar, Norway, China, Kenya, Afghanistan, South Africa, Thailand, Peru, Spain, Hawaii, France, Cuba, Turkey, Hungary, Switzerland, India, and even Sweden.In July 1947 Della Reese found out that the Cherokee tribe were attacked by the Shawnee tribe, and Della Reese's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was killed for helping the Cherokee’s, by feeding them. After getting this tragic news, Della Reese took several months off. Della Reese often got into screaming matches due to her father, Richard, getting a girlfriend, almost immediately after Nellie’s death, and becoming a major alcoholic. Della Reese often had to drag him out of bars, because he often drank until he passed out. The bar owner exchanged numbers with her, so he could call her when she could pick her father up. Della Reese later got over this tragic event, picking up several odd jobs, such as a truck driver, dental receptionist , and as an elevator operator. Due to them both being unemployed for several months, the house’s bills were behind, and they were in debt. While Della Reese's father was in a bar, she was working for nearly 112 hours a week, refusing to take a day off. Della Reese even took all of her school savings, to pay of the majority of the debts, but they still owed thousands of dollars. In December of 1947, Della Reese changed her name, breaking her first name into her first and last name. Dellareese was then officially Della Reese. This decision was one of the many decisions that helped her career, both musically and commercially. Many of her fans faded away, due to not hearing Della Reese's sudden decision to quit. Even though Della Reese made appearances in well known night clubs, she did not feel as happy as she was touring the world. Della Reese reconnected with Mahalia, inviting her to be her employer, but with a slight twist ; Della Reese would be an equal to Mahalia, and they would make a new and improved group. Mahalia agreed, making slight, but good changes. Mahalia had made it an all-girl group. In 1953, Della Reese and Mahalia signed a recording contract with Jubilee Records, for which they made six albums. Unfortunately, Richard DIED from all the DRINKING over the past 10 YEARS. Mahalia left to go back to singing gospel, asking Della Reese if she would join, but Della Reese said that they had to part ways and they wished to cross paths again ( which, luckily, they did). Della Reese joined the Hawkins Orchestra, which was led by Erskine Ramsay Hawkins ( who was an African American trumpeter and incredibly famous and big band leader. Hawkins was born on July 26, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama. Hawkins was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall Of Fame, and the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame in 1978-1989.). Della Reese had 3 husbands: Vermont Taliaferro (1951-1958), Leroy Gray (1959-1961), and Franklin Lett (1983-2017). Della Reese had 4 children, out of those 4 children, Della Reese only knew 1: Deloreese Daniels(daughter, born on November 20, 1959, died on March 14,2002, due to a pituitary disease), Dominique Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), James Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), and Franklin Reese (son, unknown birth, and unknown death). In 1979, while on live national tv, The Tonight Show to be exact, Della Reese suffered from a near fatal brain aneurysm, but fortunately made a full recovery. Della Reese had to undergo 2 surgeries, by neurosurgeon Charles Drake at University Hospital in London, Ontario. In 2016, shortly after her 85th birthday, Della Reese was reported to be in poor health and not having enough nutrition and vitamins, Della Reese said that she would refuse to take any more pills than she already had. Della Reese had undergone many surgeries, due to health problems related to her refusal to take more supplements. Della Reese later stated that she had ignored her health for several years, due to the stress of her husbands, her child, and her father and mother and their deaths. Della Reese often used a wheelchair, but she often tried to leave it but being forced to sit back down due to her losing her strength. Della Reese died at her home in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles on November 19, 2017, at the age of 86. On June 23,2019, the New York Times listed Della Reese among the millions of musical artists and producers, of whose material was lost in the 2008 Universal Studios fire
  • Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della Reese, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned seven decades. She began her long career as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?". In the late 1960s she hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. From 1975 she also starred in films, playing opposite Redd Foxx in Harlem Nights (1989), Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Elliott Gould in Expecting Mary (2010). Reese achieved continued success in the religious television drama Touched by an Angel (1994–2003), in which she played the leading role of Tess. Della Reese By : Angelo Epps May 17, 2021 Della Reese was born as Delloreese Patricia Early, on July 6, 1931 in the historic Black Bottom neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan. Della's dad, Richard Thaddeus Early, who was an African American steelworker. Della's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was a Native American cook of the Cherokee tribe. Nellie had several children before Della Reese's birth, none of Nellie’s children lived with her, so Della Reese grew up as an only child. At the age of six years old, Della Reese began singing in her church choir; from this experienced she began her gospel singing career. On the weekend, in the 1940’s, Della Reese and her mother would go to the movies independently to watch the lives of famous singers portrayed on the screens. Afterward Della Reese would act out the scenes from the films. In 1944, she began her career, at the age of 13, directing the juvenile choir, after she had excelled her theater classes and music classes for approximately 4 years. Della Reese was still 13 when she got her first job to help support her parents, Della Reese earned nearly $12,000 a month, but it increased as the choir earned more and more money due to Della Reese's amazing voice, she had eventually got the average of $16,000 a month. Della Reese was hired to sing with Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group. Della Reese toured around the country with Mahalia Jackson, sending, at least, half of her paycheck home by mail. Della Reese was an exceptionally reliable child, often sending 2/3 of her paycheck to her parents. Due to Della Reese's generosity, Della Reese's parents never missed, or were behind in bills. Mahalia saw how generous Della Reese was, so Mahalia increased her salary to $19,000 a month. As Mahalia traveled with Della, their fans and followers increased to nearly 3 /4 of the country. Della Reese later suggested that they should hire a translator to translate their music to the 6,500+ languages, by editing their words but not their voice. this ‘edit’ cost approximately $49,000, but the profit was over 83 million dollars, coming from anywhere as far as: Mexico, Jamaica, Brazil, Egypt, Costa Rica, Russia, Australia ,Germany, Pakistan ,Iraq, Canada, Italy, Israel, New Zealand ,Greece, Japan, Ukraine, Madagascar, Norway, China, Kenya, Afghanistan, South Africa, Thailand, Peru, Spain, Hawaii, France, Cuba, Turkey, Hungary, Switzerland, India, and even Sweden.In July 1947 Della Reese found out that the Cherokee tribe were attacked by the Shawnee tribe, and Della Reese's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was killed for helping the Cherokee’s, by feeding them. After getting this tragic news, Della Reese took several months off. Della Reese often got into screaming matches due to her father, Richard, getting a girlfriend, almost immediately after Nellie’s death, and becoming a major alcoholic. Della Reese often had to drag him out of bars, because he often drank until he passed out. The bar owner exchanged numbers with her, so he could call her when she could pick her father up. Della Reese later got over this tragic event, picking up several odd jobs, such as a truck driver, dental receptionist , and as an elevator operator. Due to them both being unemployed for several months, the house’s bills were behind, and they were in debt. While Della Reese's father was in a bar, she was working for nearly 112 hours a week, refusing to take a day off. Della Reese even took all of her school savings, to pay of the majority of the debts, but they still owed thousands of dollars. In December of 1947, Della Reese changed her name, breaking her first name into her first and last name. Dellareese was then officially Della Reese. This decision was one of the many decisions that helped her career, both musically and commercially. Many of her fans faded away, due to not hearing Della Reese's sudden decision to quit. Even though Della Reese made appearances in well known night clubs, she did not feel as happy as she was touring the world. Della Reese reconnected with Mahalia, inviting her to be her employer, but with a slight twist ; Della Reese would be an equal to Mahalia, and they would make a new and improved group. Mahalia agreed, making slight, but good changes. Mahalia had made it an all-girl group. In 1953, Della Reese and Mahalia signed a recording contract with Jubilee Records, for which they made six albums. Unfortunately, Richard DIED from all the DRINKING over the past 10 YEARS. Mahalia left to go back to singing gospel, asking Della Reese if she would join, but Della Reese said that they had to part ways and they wished to cross paths again ( which, luckily, they did). Della Reese joined the Hawkins Orchestra, which was led by Erskine Ramsay Hawkins ( who was an African American trumpeter and incredibly famous and big band leader. Hawkins was born on July 26, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama. Hawkins was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall Of Fame, and the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame in 1978-1989.). Della Reese had 3 husbands: Vermont Taliaferro (1951-1958), Leroy Gray (1959-1961), and Franklin Lett (1983-2017). Della Reese had 4 children, out of those 4 children, Della Reese only knew 1: Deloreese Daniels(daughter, born on November 20, 1959, died on March 14,2002, due to a pituitary disease), Dominique Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), James Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), and Franklin Reese (son, unknown birth, and unknown death). In 1979, while on live national tv, The Tonight Show to be exact, Della Reese suffered from a near fatal brain aneurysm, but fortunately made a full recovery. Della Reese had to undergo 2 surgeries, by neurosurgeon Charles Drake at University Hospital in London, Ontario. In 2016, shortly after her 85th birthday, Della Reese was reported to be in poor health and not having enough nutrition and vitamins, Della Reese said that she would refuse to take any more pills than she already had. Della Reese had undergone many surgeries, due to health problems related to her refusal to take more supplements. Della Reese later stated that she had ignored her health for several years, due to the stress of her husbands, her child, and her father and mother and their deaths. Della Reese often used a wheelchair, but she often tried to leave it but being forced to sit back down due to her losing her strength. Della Reese died at her home in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles on November 19, 2017, at the age of 86. On June 23,2019, the New York Times listed Della Reese among the millions of musical artists and producers, of whose material was lost in the 2008 Universal Studios fire Della Reese By : Angelo Epps May 17, 2021 Della Reese was born as Delloreese Patricia Early, on July 6, 1931 in the historic Black Bottom neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan. Della's dad, Richard Thaddeus Early, who was an African American steelworker. Della's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was a Native American cook of the Cherokee tribe. Nellie had several children before Della Reese's birth, none of Nellie’s children lived with her, so Della Reese grew up as an only child. At the age of six years old, Della Reese began singing in her church choir; from this experienced she began her gospel singing career. On the weekend, in the 1940’s, Della Reese and her mother would go to the movies independently to watch the lives of famous singers portrayed on the screens. Afterward Della Reese would act out the scenes from the films. In 1944, she began her career, at the age of 13, directing the juvenile choir, after she had excelled her theater classes and music classes for approximately 4 years. Della Reese was still 13 when she got her first job to help support her parents, Della Reese earned nearly $12,000 a month, but it increased as the choir earned more and more money due to Della Reese's amazing voice, she had eventually got the average of $16,000 a month. Della Reese was hired to sing with Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group. Della Reese toured around the country with Mahalia Jackson, sending, at least, half of her paycheck home by mail. Della Reese was an exceptionally reliable child, often sending 2/3 of her paycheck to her parents. Due to Della Reese's generosity, Della Reese's parents never missed, or were behind in bills. Mahalia saw how generous Della Reese was, so Mahalia increased her salary to $19,000 a month. As Mahalia traveled with Della, their fans and followers increased to nearly 3 /4 of the country. Della Reese later suggested that they should hire a translator to translate their music to the 6,500+ languages, by editing their words but not their voice. this ‘edit’ cost approximately $49,000, but the profit was over 83 million dollars, coming from anywhere as far as: Mexico, Jamaica, Brazil, Egypt, Costa Rica, Russia, Australia ,Germany, Pakistan ,Iraq, Canada, Italy, Israel, New Zealand ,Greece, Japan, Ukraine, Madagascar, Norway, China, Kenya, Afghanistan, South Africa, Thailand, Peru, Spain, Hawaii, France, Cuba, Turkey, Hungary, Switzerland, India, and even Sweden.In July 1947 Della Reese found out that the Cherokee tribe were attacked by the Shawnee tribe, and Della Reese's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was killed for helping the Cherokee’s, by feeding them. After getting this tragic news, Della Reese took several months off. Della Reese often got into screaming matches due to her father, Richard, getting a girlfriend, almost immediately after Nellie’s death, and becoming a major alcoholic. Della Reese often had to drag him out of bars, because he often drank until he passed out. The bar owner exchanged numbers with her, so he could call her when she could pick her father up. Della Reese later got over this tragic event, picking up several odd jobs, such as a truck driver, dental receptionist , and as an elevator operator. Due to them both being unemployed for several months, the house’s bills were behind, and they were in debt. While Della Reese's father was in a bar, she was working for nearly 112 hours a week, refusing to take a day off. Della Reese even took all of her school savings, to pay of the majority of the debts, but they still owed thousands of dollars. In December of 1947, Della Reese changed her name, breaking her first name into her first and last name. Dellareese was then officially Della Reese. This decision was one of the many decisions that helped her career, both musically and commercially. Many of her fans faded away, due to not hearing Della Reese's sudden decision to quit. Even though Della Reese made appearances in well known night clubs, she did not feel as happy as she was touring the world. Della Reese reconnected with Mahalia, inviting her to be her employer, but with a slight twist ; Della Reese would be an equal to Mahalia, and they would make a new and improved group. Mahalia agreed, making slight, but good changes. Mahalia had made it an all-girl group. In 1953, Della Reese and Mahalia signed a recording contract with Jubilee Records, for which they made six albums. Unfortunately, Richard DIED from all the DRINKING over the past 10 YEARS. Mahalia left to go back to singing gospel, asking Della Reese if she would join, but Della Reese said that they had to part ways and they wished to cross paths again ( which, luckily, they did). Della Reese joined the Hawkins Orchestra, which was led by Erskine Ramsay Hawkins ( who was an African American trumpeter and incredibly famous and big band leader. Hawkins was born on July 26, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama. Hawkins was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall Of Fame, and the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame in 1978-1989.). Della Reese had 3 husbands: Vermont Taliaferro (1951-1958), Leroy Gray (1959-1961), and Franklin Lett (1983-2017). Della Reese had 4 children, out of those 4 children, Della Reese only knew 1: Deloreese Daniels(daughter, born on November 20, 1959, died on March 14,2002, due to a pituitary disease), Dominique Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), James Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), and Franklin Reese (son, unknown birth, and unknown death). In 1979, while on live national tv, The Tonight Show to be exact, Della Reese suffered from a near fatal brain aneurysm, but fortunately made a full recovery. Della Reese had to undergo 2 surgeries, by neurosurgeon Charles Drake at University Hospital in London, Ontario. In 2016, shortly after her 85th birthday, Della Reese was reported to be in poor health and not having enough nutrition and vitamins, Della Reese said that she would refuse to take any more pills than she already had. Della Reese had undergone many surgeries, due to health problems related to her refusal to take more supplements. Della Reese later stated that she had ignored her health for several years, due to the stress of her husbands, her child, and her father and mother and their deaths. Della Reese often used a wheelchair, but she often tried to leave it but being forced to sit back down due to her losing her strength. Della Reese died at her home in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles on November 19, 2017, at the age of 86. On June 23,2019, the New York Times listed Della Reese among the millions of musical artists and producers, of whose material was lost in the 2008 Universal Studios fire Della Reese By : Angelo Epps May 17, 2021 Della Reese was born as Delloreese Patricia Early, on July 6, 1931 in the historic Black Bottom neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan. Della's dad, Richard Thaddeus Early, who was an African American steelworker. Della's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was a Native American cook of the Cherokee tribe. Nellie had several children before Della Reese's birth, none of Nellie’s children lived with her, so Della Reese grew up as an only child. At the age of six years old, Della Reese began singing in her church choir; from this experienced she began her gospel singing career. On the weekend, in the 1940’s, Della Reese and her mother would go to the movies independently to watch the lives of famous singers portrayed on the screens. Afterward Della Reese would act out the scenes from the films. In 1944, she began her career, at the age of 13, directing the juvenile choir, after she had excelled her theater classes and music classes for approximately 4 years. Della Reese was still 13 when she got her first job to help support her parents, Della Reese earned nearly $12,000 a month, but it increased as the choir earned more and more money due to Della Reese's amazing voice, she had eventually got the average of $16,000 a month. Della Reese was hired to sing with Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group. Della Reese toured around the country with Mahalia Jackson, sending, at least, half of her paycheck home by mail. Della Reese was an exceptionally reliable child, often sending 2/3 of her paycheck to her parents. Due to Della Reese's generosity, Della Reese's parents never missed, or were behind in bills. Mahalia saw how generous Della Reese was, so Mahalia increased her salary to $19,000 a month. As Mahalia traveled with Della, their fans and followers increased to nearly 3 /4 of the country. Della Reese later suggested that they should hire a translator to translate their music to the 6,500+ languages, by editing their words but not their voice. this ‘edit’ cost approximately $49,000, but the profit was over 83 million dollars, coming from anywhere as far as: Mexico, Jamaica, Brazil, Egypt, Costa Rica, Russia, Australia ,Germany, Pakistan ,Iraq, Canada, Italy, Israel, New Zealand ,Greece, Japan, Ukraine, Madagascar, Norway, China, Kenya, Afghanistan, South Africa, Thailand, Peru, Spain, Hawaii, France, Cuba, Turkey, Hungary, Switzerland, India, and even Sweden.In July 1947 Della Reese found out that the Cherokee tribe were attacked by the Shawnee tribe, and Della Reese's mother, Nellie Mitchelle, was killed for helping the Cherokee’s, by feeding them. After getting this tragic news, Della Reese took several months off. Della Reese often got into screaming matches due to her father, Richard, getting a girlfriend, almost immediately after Nellie’s death, and becoming a major alcoholic. Della Reese often had to drag him out of bars, because he often drank until he passed out. The bar owner exchanged numbers with her, so he could call her when she could pick her father up. Della Reese later got over this tragic event, picking up several odd jobs, such as a truck driver, dental receptionist , and as an elevator operator. Due to them both being unemployed for several months, the house’s bills were behind, and they were in debt. While Della Reese's father was in a bar, she was working for nearly 112 hours a week, refusing to take a day off. Della Reese even took all of her school savings, to pay of the majority of the debts, but they still owed thousands of dollars. In December of 1947, Della Reese changed her name, breaking her first name into her first and last name. Dellareese was then officially Della Reese. This decision was one of the many decisions that helped her career, both musically and commercially. Many of her fans faded away, due to not hearing Della Reese's sudden decision to quit. Even though Della Reese made appearances in well known night clubs, she did not feel as happy as she was touring the world. Della Reese reconnected with Mahalia, inviting her to be her employer, but with a slight twist ; Della Reese would be an equal to Mahalia, and they would make a new and improved group. Mahalia agreed, making slight, but good changes. Mahalia had made it an all-girl group. In 1953, Della Reese and Mahalia signed a recording contract with Jubilee Records, for which they made six albums. Unfortunately, Richard DIED from all the DRINKING over the past 10 YEARS. Mahalia left to go back to singing gospel, asking Della Reese if she would join, but Della Reese said that they had to part ways and they wished to cross paths again ( which, luckily, they did). Della Reese joined the Hawkins Orchestra, which was led by Erskine Ramsay Hawkins ( who was an African American trumpeter and incredibly famous and big band leader. Hawkins was born on July 26, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama. Hawkins was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall Of Fame, and the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame in 1978-1989.). Della Reese had 3 husbands: Vermont Taliaferro (1951-1958), Leroy Gray (1959-1961), and Franklin Lett (1983-2017). Della Reese had 4 children, out of those 4 children, Della Reese only knew 1: Deloreese Daniels(daughter, born on November 20, 1959, died on March 14,2002, due to a pituitary disease), Dominique Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), James Reese(son, unknown birth, and unknown death), and Franklin Reese (son, unknown birth, and unknown death). In 1979, while on live national tv, The Tonight Show to be exact, Della Reese suffered from a near fatal brain aneurysm, but fortunately made a full recovery. Della Reese had to undergo 2 surgeries, by neurosurgeon Charles Drake at University Hospital in London, Ontario. In 2016, shortly after her 85th birthday, Della Reese was reported to be in poor health and not having enough nutrition and vitamins, Della Reese said that she would refuse to take any more pills than she already had. Della Reese had undergone many surgeries, due to health problems related to her refusal to take more supplements. Della Reese later stated that she had ignored her health for several years, due to the stress of her husbands, her child, and her father and mother and their deaths. Della Reese often used a wheelchair, but she often tried to leave it but being forced to sit back down due to her losing her strength. Della Reese died at her home in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles on November 19, 2017, at the age of 86. On June 23,2019, the New York Times listed Della Reese among the millions of musical artists and producers, of whose material was lost in the 2008 Universal Studios fire
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