Not Valaida Snow!

If you are looking for photos of trumpeter/singer Valaida Snow on the internet, you will find the above photo on several websites. It is indeed a beautiful photograph – but it does not show Valaida Snow. In fact this is Lorraine Glover, wife of famous hardbop trumpet player Donald Byrd. And it was shot by William Claxton in 1960. There are several books of Claxton’s work in which this photo is featured (usually just credited “Mrs. Donald Byrd”). The websites on which this photo is credited as showing Valaida snow can’t either be reached or ignore my postings about this, so maybe this helps.

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20 Responses to “Not Valaida Snow!”

  1. It does help, indeed! I’ve been trying to figure out who this is for 5 years! A print hangs on the wall at Mambo, a Cuban restaurant in Glendale, CA. Thanks!

  2. [...] efforts to make it clear that a certain photo by William Claxton does not – as you can read on different websites – show Valaida Snow but [...]

  3. Hi thanx for the tip (on my blog piccolino) ! i will correct it.

    have a nice day
    gerard

  4. Andrea! Read this….

  5. That’s fabulous. Among all the other versions of that picture when you search for her online, is yours clearly correcting them. Well done, and clever!

  6. The woman in the picture is Yourna Byrd. She is Donald Byrd’s wife. The picture was taken in 1960.

    • Well, that’s what I said, isn’t it?

      • Is Lorraine Glover (“elgy”) the same person as Yourna Bird? It’s hard to find reliable information on the web, that’s why I ordered Claxton’s book “Jazz Seen” where this picture is featured to find out for sure :)

      • derisareson Says:

        and no, you said lorraine glover, I said yourna bird – still the same question: is lorraine = yourna? anyone got the private number of donald???

  7. YOU ARE ALL WRONG !!!
    This is not Valaida, or Mrs Glover!!
    This is Clora Bryant, a terrific trumpet player, according to Dizzy Gillespie. Her only solo album “Gal With a Horn” was recorded in 1959, three years after Valaida died…..at age 80, in Los Angeles, she was still singing!

    • Sorry, this is wrong. She does not even look faintly like Clora Bryant! Take a google picture search to see that! AND: This is a photograph by William Claxton and it is bylined “Mrs. Donald Byrd” in every book I have seen the picture in. AND there is another photo of this woman WITH DONALD BYRD in a New York subway in a train.

  8. [...] an idea who this lady could be? (And no: Just the fact she is holding a trumpet does not make her Valaida Snow!) Or where and when this photograph was [...]

  9. This is not Lorraine Glover, nor is it Valaida Snow & it is also not Clora Bryant! She is his wife for the past 19 years. The photograph was in fact taken by William Claxton in New York City.

  10. You won’t believe how many sites have this photo listed as ‘Vintage Billie Holiday’.

  11. Lorraine Glover is the name listed on Mr. Byrd’s Official obituary as his wife, who he married in 1955. no other name is indicated and there is no further information about her that one can find with out extensive searching.

  12. http://blog.burnedshoes.com/post/17118411665/quizanswer-5

    http://www.udel.edu/PR/NewsReleases/2000/may/5-3-00/5-3-00-01.html

    These links say that in the year 2000 Donald’s wife was “Yourna”, he also published a song in 1958 called “Yourna”, so, saying it is Lorraine Glover may be not wrong, but there’s no proof that it is right either. As long as I don’t see the “official obituary” (as parat said) of Mr. Byrd I believe more in sources than in statements without any proof. Maybe Yourna was a nickname of Lorraine and both assumptions are right, but I guess it’s hard to find out the truth in this case.

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