Keely Smith

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Biography

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 Arlen’s ‘That Ol’ Black Magic’ became a surprise US Top 20... Read more

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jazz
swing
female vocalists
vocal jazz
big band
50s
jazz vocal
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