June Christy Biography

Shirley Luster, 20 November 1925, Springfield, Illinois, USA, d. 21 June 1990, Sherman Oaks, California, USA. Christy first came to prominence with the bands of Boyd Raeburn and Stan Kenton, although her chirpy singing style sometimes sat oddly with the earnestly progressive experiments of her employers. Her bright, bubbling personality glowed through her performances and she was especially effective on up-tempo swingers. However, she was also adept on reflective ballads and was never afraid to have fun with a song. With Kenton she had successes in all of these areas. One of her first recordings with the band was ‘Tampico’, which became a million-seller; another was ‘How High The Moon’. During the late 40s she was one of the band’s main attractions. Kenton and his chief arranger, Pete Rugolo, responded by providing effective settings for her voice which, while of limited range, was engaging and her performances were always highly professional. In January 1947 she married Kenton’s tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper, with whom she made some fine recordings backed by his small group. After leaving Kenton in 1948 Christy worked as a solo artist, making many successful recordings for Capitol Records, including three US Top 20 albums, Something Cool (imaginatively arranged for her by Rugolo), The Misty Miss Christy and June - Fair And Warmer! After many years in retirement, she died in June 1990 of kidney failure.

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

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