|Tags:||jazz female vocalists jazz vocal vocal jazz 50s|
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Genevieve Hering, 5 August 1926, Royal, Nebraska, USA, d. 4 August 1991, Los Angeles, California, USA. A warm, smoky voiced, jazz-influenced singer/pianist, Southern studied at the Notre Dame Academy, Omaha, and later played piano at the local Blackstone Hotel. After touring with a US Navy recruiting show, where she began singing, she worked at several venues in Chicago in the late 40s. These included the Hi Note Club, where she supported stars such as Anita ODay. After obtaining a nightly spot on television, Southern was signed to Decca Records and had US Top 30 hits with You Better Go Now (1951) and Joey (1954). Her wistful version of When I Fall In Love established her as a favourite in the UK, where she also had a Top 30 hit with Fire Down Below (1957). She then switched to the Capitol Records label and made the highly acclaimed Jeri Southern Meets Cole Porter, which featured a set of humorous...