Memphis-born singer Vera Little: From Manassas High to the Vatican

By , Guest Columnist Published: September 07, 2019 4:00 AM CT
Guest Columnist

John Bass

John Bass is the director of the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes College. He researches and teaches about Memphis music, and performs as a guitarist.

The home of the blues was also home to mezzo-soprano Vera Little, a pioneering artist with a commanding voice who was the first African American singer to perform for a pope.


Emerson Able Jr. Manassas High Opera Memphis Rhodes College Vera Little


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