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Arthur Prysock - 96% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 January 1929, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA, d. 14 June 1997, Hamilton, Bermuda. After singing with a number of small bands, in 1945 Prysock joined Buddy Johnson, with whom he appeared at many Harlem clubs and ballrooms. Subsequently, he worked as a soloist, signing to Decca Records in 1952 and achieving chart success with a version of the standard ‘I Couldn’t Read more

Irene Kral - 86% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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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 wi Read more

Sylvia Syms - 70% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sylvia Blagman, 2 December 1917, Brooklyn, USA, d. 10 May 1992, New York City, New York, USA. One of America’s most distinguished cabaret and jazz singers with a profound appreciation of lyrics, Syms overcame polio as a child, and in her teens discovered the delights of jazz in the clubs of New York’s 52nd Street. Inspired and informally trained by Billie Holiday, Read more

LaVerne Butler - 62% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz Vocals
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Mary Stallings - 58% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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16 August 1939, San Francisco, California, USA. Stallings began singing in public at the age of eight. Encouraged by her saxophonist uncle, Orlando Stallings, she sang in local jazz clubs during her teenage years and while still in high school joined Louis Jordan’s band. She began touring, singing in other parts of the USA and also as far afield as Australia. Back in th Read more

Ernie Andrews - 55% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Blues Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 December 1927, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Andrews was raised in Louisiana but by his mid-teens was living in Los Angeles where he attracted attention through singing at talent shows. He also sang with visiting bands, including Andy Kirk’s, and made a handful of records that were sufficiently popular to convince him that he was in the right business. Although in Read more

Dennis Rowland - 51% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s
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c.1950, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Growing up in a musical family, Rowland began singing as a child. Inevitably influenced by Motown Records, he also heard and greatly admired the singing of Joe Williams, whose hit record of ‘Every Day I Have The Blues’, with Count Basie, was popular in the mid-50s. Nurturing ambitions to be a singer and an actor, Rowland patiently de Read more

New York Voices - 49% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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During the summer of 1986 several former students at Ithaca College, New York, began performing together. Initially, there were six singers and seven instrumentalists and they appeared successfully in the USA and also at a number of European venues, including the Montreux International Jazz and the North Sea festivals. The following year, four of the singers, Darmon Meader, Pet Read more

Bobby Troup - 48% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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Robert William Troup, 18 October 1918, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 7 February 1999, Sherman Oaks, California, USA. After studying extensively, including a degree in economics, Troup turned to songwriting and singing to his own piano accompaniment. In 1941 he was hired by Tommy Dorsey, but was drafted the same year. After five years in the US Navy, where he wrote scores Read more

Wardell Gray - 28% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 February 1921, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, d. 25 May 1955, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Growing up in Detroit, Gray first played clarinet before switching to tenor saxophone and joining the Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines band in 1943. After two years he relocated to the west coast, where he became prominent among local beboppers, notably Dexter Gordon, with whom he played at C Read more

Vanessa Rubin - 27% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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14 March 1957, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Jazz singer Vanessa Rubin has built her reputation on a gruelling schedule of live appearances that have seen her tour from coast to coast in America. However, despite a strong following and a popular back catalogue, in 1997 her record label, RCA Records, attempted to launch her in the mainstream market. New Horizons featured some jazz st Read more

Jeanie Bryson - 26% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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10 May 1958, New York City, New York, USA. The daughter of songwriter-pianist Connie Bryson and Dizzy Gillespie, Jeanie played piano from an early age. Later, she studied extensively at Rutgers, adding flute and ethnomusicology to her attainments. There she came under tuition from Kenny Barron and widened her interest to include singing music of the Far East and the Indian s Read more

Terry Gibbs - 26% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Big Band & Swing Country & Bluegrass Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Julius Gubenko, 13 October 1924, New York City, New York, USA. After all-round study of percussion, Gibbs briefly played drums professionally before and during military service. After discharge he concentrated on vibraphone, working with leaders such as Tommy Dorsey, Chubby Jackson and Buddy Rich. At the end of the 40s he achieved international prominence thanks to a two-ye Read more

Jacintha - 25% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Jacintha Abisheganaden, 3 October 1957, Singapore, Malaysia. Jacintha’s Chinese mother sang and played the piano and her Sri Lankan father played classical guitar and was also interested in jazz guitar. She studied piano and voice from her early teens and also sang in the Singapore Youth Choir. After winning a local television talent contest, Talentime, she attended the Read more

Norma Winstone - 25% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 September 1941, London, England. Although she studied formally as a pianist, Winstone decided to sing as a career and by her mid-teens was a professional vocalist. Although her earliest work was in the mainstream of jazz and jazz-influenced popular song, she was soon orientated towards the modern end of the jazz spectrum. In the 60s she became known for her musical associ Read more


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