Singer, Author. She was a jazz and cabaret singer who performed in major clubs and concert halls throughout the world. She had 22 records releases with two of them done after her death. In addition to being an accomplished singer, she also was a published writer. She studied modern languages at the University of California at Berkley but received her degree in Italian Literature after transferring to a college in Mexico. She traveled to Paris, France to be a translator; it was there she first heard the music of Billie Holiday and began her singing career. She continued to travel about Europe ending in London, England in 1972 and there made her first album, "The Music of Harry Warren with EMI" in 1976. This followed with coming to New York City for a long booking at the Cookery. In the early 1990s, she recorded two more albums, "No More Blues" and "Sábia"; both were enormously successful and made her name known to the wider world. The Smithsonian Institution recorded her, which at the time made her the youngest singer ever to have been included in its popular music series. She played Lincoln Center five times and Carnegie Hall three times, and was featured soloist with Skitch Henderson and the 80-piece New York Pops in a concert of Brazilian music. Using her many language skills, she translated song lyrics from English into Brazilian, French and Italian song arrangements. She had several short stories published in "Mademoiselle" and "Cosmopolitan" magazines, and non-fiction publications in the "New York Time Magazine" and in "American Heritage", including lengthy articles on Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, Irving Berlin and Moe West. In 1991, she started her first novel. A survivor of breast cancer, she suffered with a long-time diagnosis of depression; at the age of 55, she jumped to her death from the balcony of her high-rise Manhattan apartment. "Haunted Heart, A Biography of Susannah McCorkle" by Linda Dahl, was published in September 2006 by University of Michigan Press.
Bio by: Linda Davis