Irene Kral Biography

18 January 1932, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 15 August 1978, Encino, California, USA. Taking heed of the success of her older brother, Roy Kral, she began singing while still a teenager. She gained valuable on-the-road experience with bands led by Woody Herman and former Herman bass player Chubby Jackson before spending some time with a vocal group. In the late 50s she was with Maynard Ferguson’s band and during the next few years sang with units led by Stan Kenton and ex-Kenton drummer Shelly Manne. Kral then took off on a solo career which lasted until shortly before her early death. An elegantly poised ballad singer, she acknowledged Carmen McRae as one of her musical guides. Not surprisingly, given the time in which she was an up-and-coming singer, Kral was comfortable in a boppish setting and her up-tempo work was free flowing and distinctive. She also had a jaunty way with Latin-flavoured songs. Irene Kral died from breast cancer in August 1978.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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