Related Information for Barbara Mcnair Barbara McNair (March 4, 1934 - February 4, 2007) was an African-American singer and actress.Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, McNair studied music at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Her big break came with a win on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, which led to bookings at The Purple Onion and the Cocoanut Grove.She soon became one of the country's most popular headliners and a guest on such television variety shows as The Steve Allen Show, Hullab.. read more