|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal|
|Tags:||lounge oldies pop 60s 70s 80s female vocalists usa piano easy listening 90s composer gospel 50s 00s 40s producer harmonies under 2000 listeners grammy winner arranger grammy nominee benlounge|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Anita Jean Grilli, 31 October 1927, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Kerr took piano lessons from the age of four and she was soon appearing on her mothers radio show in Memphis. By the age of 15, she was the staff pianist and was making vocal arrangements of church music for the station. In 1949, she formed the Anita Kerr Quartet with Gil Wright (b. 3 July 1929, Nashville, Tennessee, USA; tenor), Dorothy Ann Dottie Dillard (b. 3 August 1923, Springfield, Missouri, USA; alto) and Louis Nunley (baritone). Two years later they signed to Decca Records and established themselves as session singers, particularly in Nashville where, in collaboration with Chet Atkins, Kerr helped improve the production values of country music and transform the town into an important centre of the American music industry. By the early 60s, the quartet was featured on, it is estimated or alleged, a quarter of all the country records being made in Nashville, including records by...