June Tyson

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June Tyson
Born(1936-02-05)February 5, 1936
Albemarle, North Carolina, United States
DiedNovember 24, 1992(1992-11-24) (aged 56)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1]
Occupation(s)Musician, dancer
InstrumentsVocals, violin
Years active1968-1992
Associated actsSun Ra

June Tyson (February 5, 1936 – November 24, 1992) was a singer, violinist, and dancer who performed with bandleader Sun Ra.


A native of Albemarle, North Carolina, she worked in Harlem during the 1960s as a singer. She met pianist Sun Ra and became the only woman in his band, the Arkestra.[2][3] She also worked as the band's costume designer, choreographer, and violinist.[4] She married a member of the crew who designed lighting and sound. Their home in Harlem became a regular stop for members of the band.[3]


  1. ^ "June Tyson". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  2. ^ Szwed, John F. (1997). Space is the Place (1st ed.). Pantheon Books. pp. 249–250. ISBN 9780679435891.
  3. ^ a b Holiday, Harmony (20 November 2018). ""Somebody Else's World"". www.oxfordamerican.org. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  4. ^ Celebrezze, Cat (December 2017). "Illuminating the Eye of the Cosmic Needle". www.furious.com. Retrieved 6 December 2018.