|Tags:||jazz female vocalists under 2000 listeners vocal american standards pre-rock era myjukebox female popular vocal|
|Decades:||1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
Theodora King, 18 September 1929, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 18 November 1977. Teddi King was a jazz pop singer who enjoyed some crossover success on the 50s pop charts. Her singing career began upon graduation from high school. After working with the bands of Jack Edwards and George Graham she joined Nat Pierces band in 1951, with which she made her recording debut. She also recorded with George Shearing during this period before going solo in 1953. After setting out on her own, King was signed to RCA Records, who had her recording pop songs, much to the artists own dismay. Nevertheless, Mr. Wonderful, a 1956 single, reached the US Top 20, and two subsequent singles also charted. She then returned to pure jazz singing. Albums she recorded during the 50s for RCA, Storyville and Coral Records all became collectors items in later years.