|Genres:||Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals|
|Tags:||jazz female vocalists jazz vocal 50s|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Marietta Williams, 13 May 1911, Homestead, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 7 April 1987, New York City, New York, USA. Sullivan began singing in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before travelling to New York in 1937. She joined the Claude Thornhill band and made a hugely successful record of Loch Lomond. The popularity of this recording led to her making several more jazzed-up folk songs, including Annie Laurie, which, for all their frequent banality, she sang with effortless charm. In the late 30s and early 40s she made several feature films and also worked and recorded with her husband John Kirby. After a brief retirement she began appearing again in New York and also travelled to Europe.
In the mid-50s she quit singing to take up nursing but returned in 1958. In addition to singing she also played flügelhorn, valve-trombone and pocket trumpet. She continued to work through the 60s, often with Cliff Jackson, who had...