Hailing from Detroit, Toni began performing in the early '60s and repeatedly broke barriers as a woman of colour. "America’s Foremost Sepia Singing Ecdysiast", Toni also wove her musical talents into her performances. An intimate of several musical greats including Jackie Wilson and Sammy Davis, Jr., her friendship with jazz great Duke Ellington earned her the monikers "The Duke’s Delight" and "The Satin Doll".
A true burlesque icon, The Elegant Miss Toni Elling continues to perform and teach across the United States, and was honoured as the Burlesque Hall of Fame Legend of the Year in 2014.
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