Kay Starr

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Descriptive "tags": jazz female vocalists swing 50s jazz vocal vocal jazz oldies Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Katherine LaVerne Starks, 21 July 1922, Dougherty, Oklahoma, USA. While she was still a child, Starr’s family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she made her professional debut on local radio before she had left school. In 1939 she was hired briefly by Glenn Miller when his regular singer, Marion Hutton, was sick. Starr made records with Miller, but was soon on the move. She spent brief spells with the bands of Bob Crosby and Joe Venuti, and attracted most attention during her mid-40s stint with Charlie Barnet. Among the records she made with Barnet was ‘Share Croppin’ Blues’, which was modestly successful. However, the record sold well enough to interest Capitol Records, and, from 1948-54, she had a string of hits with the label, including ‘So Tired’, ‘Hoop-Dee-Doo’, ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat’, ‘I’ll Never Be Free’, ‘Oh, Babe!’, ‘Come On-Aa My House’, ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ (US...

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