|Genres:||Blues Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals World|
|Tags:||jazz swing female vocalists vocal jazz big band 50s jazz vocal|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Dorothy Jaqueline Keely Smith, 9 March 1932, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. A jazzy singer most famous for her work with her husband, band leader Louis Prima. Smith made her professional debut with Prima in 1949, and the couple were married in July 1953. As well as her solo spots with the big band, she frequently duetted with Prima on stylized versions of well-known songs. In 1958, one of these, Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlens That Ol Black Magic became a surprise US Top 20 hit. The duo followed up with the minor successes Ive Got You Under My Skin and Bei Mir Bist Du Schön, a revival of the 1937 Andrews Sisters hit. Smith appeared with Prima in the 1959 movie Hey Boy! Hey Girl!, singing Fever, and also appeared in and sang on the soundtrack of the previous years Thunder Road. In 1961, Smith separated from Prima and signed to Reprise Records, where her musical director was Nelson Riddle. In 1965,...