Category:Big band singers
Singers associated with big bands.
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Singers associated with big bands.
The following 52 pages are in this category, out of 52 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Big band – A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s. Big Bands evolved with the times and continue to this day, a big band typically consists of approximately 12 to 25 musicians and contains saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section. The terms jazz band, jazz ensemble, stage band, jazz orchestra and this does not, however, mean that each one of these names is technically correct for naming a big band specifically. The music is traditionally called charts, improvised solos may be played only when called for by the arranger. There are two periods in the history of popular bands. Beginning in the mid-1920s, big bands, then consisting of 10–25 pieces. At that time they played a form of jazz that involved very little improvisation, which included a string section with violins. A few bands also had violas and cellos, usually one or two along with them, the dance form of jazz was characterized by a sweet and romantic melody. Orchestras tended to stick to the melody as it was written and vocals would be sung, many of these artists changed styles or retired after the introduction of swing music. Although unashamedly commercial, these bands often featured front-rank jazz musicians - for example Paul Whiteman employed Bix Beiderbecke, there were also all-girl bands such as Helen Lewis and Her All-Girl Jazz Syncopators. Towards the end of the 1920s, a new form of Big Band emerged which was more authentically jazz and this form of music never gained the popularity of the sweet dance form of jazz. The few recordings made in form of jazz were labelled race records and were intended for a limited urban audience. Few white musicians were familiar with music, Johnny Mercer. The three major centres in this development were New York City, Chicago and Kansas City, some big ensembles, like the Joe King Oliver outfit played a kind of half arranged, half improvised jazz, often relying on head arrangements. Other great bands, like the one of Luis Russell became a vehicle for star instrumentalists, there the whole arrangement had to promote all the possibilities of the star, although they often contained very good musicians, like Henry Red Allen, J. C. Earl Hines became the star of Chicago with his Grand Terrace Cafe band, meanwhile, in Kansas City and across the Southwest, an earthier, bluesier style was developed by such bandleaders as Benny Moten and, later, by Jay McShann and Jesse Stone. Radio was a factor in gaining notice and fame for Benny Goodman. Soon, others challenged him, and the battles of the bands became a staple at theater performances featuring many groups on one bill
2. Doris Day – Doris Day is a retired American actress and singer, and continuing animal welfare activist. After she began her career as a big band singer in 1939, her popularity increased with her first hit recording Sentimental Journey, in 1948, Day was given a key part in the film Romance on the High Seas, despite not having any acting experience. Its director, Michael Curtiz, gave her the part since she looked like the All-American Girl and it led to a 20-year career in film, including a string of musicals and romantic comedies beginning in the 1950s. She starred with leading men such as Clark Gable in Teachers Pet, Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk and Send Me No Flowers, Cary Grant in That Touch of Mink and she was usually one of the top 10 singers between 1951 and 1966. As an actress, she became the biggest female star in the early 1960s. In 2011 – well into her late 80s – she released her 29th studio album, My Heart, among her awards, Day has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. She has been Oscar nominated six times, and in 1989 was given the Cecil B, deMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom followed in 2011 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Associations Career Achievement Award. Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff was born on April 3,1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Alma Sophia, a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, All of her grandparents were German immigrants. The youngest of three siblings, she had two brothers, Richard and Paul, several years older. Due to her fathers alleged infidelity, her parents separated and she developed an early interest in dance, and in the mid-1930s formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty that performed locally in Cincinnati. A car accident on October 13,1937, injured her legs, while recovering, Day started to sing along with the radio and discovered a talent she did not know she had. But the one radio voice I listened to above others belonged to Ella Fitzgerald. There was a quality to her voice that fascinated me, and Id sing along with her, trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, observing her daughter rekindled Almas interest in show business, and she decided to give Doris singing lessons. She engaged a teacher, Grace Raine, after three lessons, Raine told Alma that young Doris had tremendous potential, which led Alma to give her daughter three lessons a week for the price of one. Years later, Day said that Raine had the biggest effect on her singing style, during her radio performances, Day first caught the attention of Barney Rapp, who was looking for a girl vocalist and asked if Day would like to audition for the job. According to Rapp, he had auditioned about 200 singers when Day got the job, while working for Rapp in 1939, she adopted the stage surname Day, at Rapps suggestion. Rapp felt that Kappelhoff was too long for marquees, and he admired her rendition of the song Day After Day, after working with Rapp, Day worked with bandleaders Jimmy James, Bob Crosby, and Les Brown
3. Dick Powell – Richard Ewing Dick Powell was an American singer, actor, film producer, film director and studio head. Though he came to stardom as a comedy performer, he showed versatility. He was the first actor to portray the private detective Philip Marlowe on screen, Powell was born in Mountain View, the seat of Stone County in northern Arkansas. The family moved to Little Rock in 1914, where Powell sang in choirs and with local orchestras. Powell attended the former Little Rock College, before he started his entertainment career as a singer with the Royal Peacock Band which toured throughout the Midwest. During this time, he married Mildred Maund, a model, later, he joined the Charlie Davis Orchestra, based in Indianapolis. He recorded a number of records with Davis and on his own, Powell moved to Pittsburgh, where he found great local success as the Master of Ceremonies at the Enright Theater and the Stanley Theater. In April 1930, Warner Bros. bought Brunswick Records, which at that time owned Vocalion, Warner Bros. was sufficiently impressed by Powells singing and stage presence to offer him a film contract in 1932. He made his debut as a singing bandleader in Blessed Event. Powell desperately wanted to expand his range, but Warner Bros. would not allow him to do so, as a result, he bought his release from Warner Bros. in 1940. They did cast him in A Midsummer Nights Dream, but as Lysander, another youthful romantic character and this was to be Powells only Shakespearean role and one he did not want to play, feeling that he was completely wrong for the part. By 1944, Powell felt he was too old to play romantic leading men anymore and he lost out to Fred MacMurray, another Hollywood nice guy. MacMurrays success, however, fueled Powells resolve to pursue projects with greater range, Powell starred in the musical program Campana Serenade, which was broadcast on NBC radio and CBS radio. In 1944, Powells career changed dramatically when he was cast in the first of a series of films noir, as private detective Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet, the film was a big hit, and Powell had successfully reinvented himself as a dramatic actor. He was the first actor to play Marlowe – by name – in motion pictures, later, Powell was the first actor to play Marlowe on radio, in 1944 and 1945, and on television, in a 1954 episode of Climax. Powell also played the slightly less hard-boiled detective Richard Rogue in the radio series Rogues Gallery, in 1945, Dmytryk and Powell reteamed to make the film Cornered, a gripping, post-WWII thriller that helped define the film noir style. He became a tough guy lead appearing in movies such as Johnny OClock. But in 1948, he stepped out of the type when he starred in Pitfall
4. Kay Starr – Katherine Laverne Starks, known as Kay Starr, was an American pop and jazz singer who enjoyed considerable success in the 1940s and 1950s. She is best remembered for introducing two songs that became #1 hits in the 1950s, Wheel of Fortune and The Rock And Roll Waltz, Starr was successful in every field of music she tried, jazz, pop and country. But her roots were in jazz, billie Holiday, considered by many the greatest jazz singer of all time, called Starr the only white woman who could sing the blues. Kay Starr was born Katherine Laverne Starks on a reservation in Dougherty and her father, Harry, was a full-blooded Iroquois Indian, her mother, Annie, was of mixed Irish and American Indian heritage. When her father got a job installing water systems for the Automatic Sprinkler Company. There, her mother raised chickens, whom Kay serenaded in the coop, Kays aunt Nora was impressed by her 7-year-old nieces singing and arranged for her to sing on a Dallas radio station, WRR. First she took a talent competition by storm, finishing 3rd one week, eventually she had her own 15-minute show. She sang pop and hillbilly songs with a piano accompaniment, by age 10 she was making $3 a night, which was quite a salary during the Great Depression. When Starrs father changed jobs, the moved to Memphis, Tennessee. She sang Western swing music, still mostly a mix of country, during this time at Memphis radio station WMPS, misspellings in her fan mail inspired her and her parents to change her name to Kay Starr. At 15, she was chosen to sing with the Joe Venuti orchestra, Venuti had a contract to play in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis which called for his band to feature a girl singer, a performer he did not have at the time. Venutis road manager heard Starr on the radio and recommended her to his boss although she was still in high school. Though she had stints in 1939 with Bob Crosby and Glenn Miller. It was, however, with Miller that she cut her first two recordings, Baby Me and Love with a Capital You. They were not a success, in part because the band played in a key that, while appropriate for Marion Hutton. In 1946 Starr became a soloist, and in 1947 signed a contract with Capitol Records. The label had a number of female singers signed up including Peggy Lee, Ella Mae Morse, Jo Stafford and Margaret Whiting, so it was hard to find her a niche of her own. In 1948 when the American Federation of Musicians was threatening a strike, being junior to all these other artists meant that every song Starr wanted to sing was taken by her rivals on the label, leaving her a list of old songs which nobody else wanted to record
5. Vic Damone – Damone was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Rocco and Mamie Farinola, Italian immigrants from Bari, Italy. His father was an electrician and his mother taught piano and his cousin was the actress and singer Doretta Morrow. Inspired by his favorite singer, Frank Sinatra, Damone began taking voice lessons and he sang in the choir at St. Finbars Church in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, for Sunday Mass under organist Anthony Amorello. When his father was injured at work, Damone had to drop out of high school and he worked as an usher and elevator operator in the Paramount Theater in Manhattan. He met Perry Como, while at the Paramount Theater, Damone stopped the elevator between floors, sang for him, and asked his advice if he should continue voice lessons. And referred him to a local bandleader, vito Farinola decided to call himself Vic Damone, using his mothers maiden name. Damone entered the talent search on Arthur Godfreys Talent Scouts and won in April 1947 and this led to his becoming a regular on Godfreys show. He met Milton Berle at the studio and Berle got him work at two night clubs, by mid-1947, Damone had signed a contract with Mercury Records. His first release, I Have But One Heart, reached seven on the Billboard chart. You Do reached the same peak and these were followed by a number of other hits. In 1948, he got his own radio show, Saturday Night Serenade. He was booked into the Mocambo nightclub on the Sunset Strip in 1949, in 1951, Damone appeared in two movies, The Strip and Rich, Young and Pretty. From 1951 to 1953, he served in the United States Army and he served with future Northwest Indiana radio personality Al Evans, and country music star Johnny Cash. After leaving the service, he married the Italian actress Pier Angeli and he also made some guest appearances on Milton Berles television show in 1954. In 1955, Damone had one song on the charts, Por Favor, however, he did have major roles in two movie musicals, Hit the Deck and Kismet. In early 1956, he moved from Mercury to Columbia Records and his six original, long-playing albums on Columbia between 1957 and 1961 were That Towering Feeling, Angela Mia, Closer Than a Kiss, This Game of Love, On the Swingin Side, and Young and Lively. In 1961, he was released by Columbia, moving over to Capitol Records, he filled the gap left by Frank Sinatras leaving to help found Reprise Records. Other original Capitol albums included My Baby Loves to Swing, The Liveliest, Damone did limited acting on television in the early 1960s
6. Linda Ronstadt – Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014. On July 28,2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, in total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40,10 in the top 10 and this success did not translate to the UK, with only her single Blue Bayou reaching the UK Top 40. Her duet with Aaron Neville, Dont Know Much, peaked at number 2 in December 1989, in addition, she has charted 36 albums,10 top-10 albums and three number 1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart. Her autobiography, Simple Dreams, A Musical Memoir, was published in September 2013 and it debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Seller list. She has lent her voice to over 120 albums and has more than 100 million records. Christopher Loudon, of Jazz Times, wrote in 2004 that Ronstadt is blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation, after completing her last live concert in late 2009, Ronstadt retired in 2011. She was diagnosed as having Parkinsons disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing. Linda Maria Ronstadt was born in 1946 in Tucson, Arizona, daughter to Gilbert Ronstadt, a prosperous merchant who ran the F. Ronstadt Co. and Ruth Mary Ronstadt. Ronstadt was raised on the familys 10-acre ranch with her siblings Peter, Michael J. the family was featured in Family Circle magazine in 1953. Lindas father came from a pioneering Arizona ranching family and was of German, English, the familys influence on and contributions to Arizonas history, including wagon making, commerce, pharmacies, and music, are chronicled in the library of the University of Arizona. Her mother Ruth Mary, of German, English, and Dutch ancestry, was raised in Flint and she was a daughter of Lloyd Groff Copeman, a prolific inventor and holder of many patents. Copeman, with nearly 700 patents to his name, invented a form of the toaster, many refrigerator devices, the grease gun, the first electric stove. His flexible rubber ice cube tray earned him millions of dollars in royalties, later, as a solo artist, she released Hand Sown. Home Grown in 1969, which has described as the first alternative country record by a female recording artist. With the release of chart-topping albums such as Heart Like a Wheel, Simple Dreams and she set records as one of the top-grossing concert artists of the decade. Referred to as the First Lady of Rock and the Queen of Rock and her rock-and-roll image was as famous as her music, she appeared six times on the cover of Rolling Stone and on the covers of Newsweek and Time
7. Bob Eberly – Bob Eberly was a big band vocalist, best known for his association with Jimmy Dorsey and his duets with Helen OConnell. Eberly was born Robert Eberle, but changed the spelling of his surname slightly to the homonymous Eberly and his younger brother Ray was also a big-band singer, most notably with Glenn Millers orchestra. Their father, John A. Eberle, was a policeman, sign-painter, Another brother, Al, was a Hoosick Falls, New York village trustee. He recorded the version of Im Glad There Is You in 1942 with Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra on Decca Records. The song subsequently became a jazz and pop standard, in 1953, Eberly and Helen OConnell headlined a summer replacement program for Perry Comos CBS television show. The program also featured Ray Anthony and his orchestra, Eberly was married to Florine Callahan from January 23,1940 until his death in 1981, the couple had 3 children, Robert Jr. Kathy and Rene. In 1980 Eberly had one lung removed but still continued to sing and he died of a heart attack in 1981 in Glen Burnie, Maryland, aged 65. He will long be remembered as being gifted with one of the best male singing voices in history and its The Dreamer In Me Green Eyes Tangerine Im Glad There Is You Besame Mucho Love Letters In The Sand Video Green Eyes on YouTube Another biographical article
8. Marion Hutton – Marion Hutton was an American singer and actress. She is best remembered for her singing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1938–1942 and she was the sister of actress and singer Betty Hutton. Born as Marion Thornburg in Fort Smith, Arkansas, she was the sister of actress Betty Hutton. They were raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, the sisters father abandoned the family when they were both young, he later committed suicide. Their mother worked a variety of jobs to support the family until she became a successful bootlegger, both sisters sang with the Vincent Lopez Orchestra. Hutton was discovered by Glenn Miller and was invited to join the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1938, I was only seventeen then and so Glenn and Helen became my legal guardians. He was like a father because I never had a father I remembered, Hutton was not allowed to sing in the nightclubs due to the fact she was underage. Miller and his wife Helen signed papers to officially declare themselves foster parents to serve as Huttons chaperone in the nightclubs which allowed her access in these venues, Marion Hutton considered herself more an entertainer than a singer. Hutton remained an important part of the Miller band and she remained with Miller on and off until the orchestra disbanded in 1942. Basinger feels that in the forties, Marion was more popular than her sister Betty. Marion Hutton had a role in the film Orchestra Wives. After Miller joined the Army in 1942, she went with fellow Miller performers Tex Beneke, the next important event in her entertainment career was a role in In Society with Abbott and Costello in 1944. Marion Hutton appeared with the Desi Arnaz orchestra in October 1947 at the Radio City Theatre in Minneapolis, as the 1940s wound down, so did Marions career. Her last film role was in 1949, acting in the Marx Brothers Love Happy and she married publicist and television producer Jack Philbin in 1940. She and Philbin had two sons, John and Phillip and her next marriage, to writer Jack Douglas, produced a third son, Peter. Peter Hemming is a noted photojournalist and her last and longest marriage was in 1954 to Vic Schoen, an arranger for the Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby, among other artists in the 1940s. The couple remained married until her death in 1987, looking back on her first marriage, in 1974 she told George T. Simon, hat I wanted most of all was to be a wife and mother. I had no drive for a career, in 1965 according to the New York Times, Marion Hutton sought treatment for various addictions
9. Peggy Lee – Peggy Lee was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on radio to singing with Benny Goodmans big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist. During her career, she wrote music for films, acted and she and her family were Lutherans. Her father was Swedish-American and her mother was Norwegian-American, after her mother died when Lee was four, her father married Min Schaumber. Lee first sang professionally over KOVC radio in Valley City, North Dakota and she later had her own series on a radio show sponsored by a local restaurant that paid her a salary in food. Both during and after her school years, Lee sang for small sums on local radio stations. Radio personality Ken Kennedy, of WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota, Lee left home and traveled to Los Angeles at the age of 17. She returned to North Dakota for a tonsillectomy and was noticed by hotel owner Frank Bering while working at the Doll House in Palm Springs and it was here that she developed her trademark sultry purr – having decided to compete with the noisy crowd with subtlety rather than volume. Beringin offered her a gig at The Buttery Room, a nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel East in Chicago, There, she was noticed by bandleader Benny Goodman. According to Lee, Bennys then-fiancée, Lady Alice Duckworth, came into The Buttery, so the next evening she brought Benny in, because they were looking for a replacement for Helen Forrest. And although I didnt know, I was it and he was looking at me strangely, I thought, but it was just his preoccupied way of looking. I thought that he didnt like me at first, but it just was that he was preoccupied with what he was hearing and she joined his band in 1941 and stayed for two years. In 1942 Lee had her first No.1 hit, Somebody Else Is Taking My Place, which sold over a million copies and made her famous. She sang with Goodmans orchestra in two 1943 films, Stage Door Canteen and The Powers Girl, in March 1943 Lee married Dave Barbour, a guitarist in Goodmans band. Lee said, David joined Bennys band and there was a ruling that no one should fraternize with the girl singer, but I fell in love with David the first time I heard him play, and so I married him. Benny then fired David, so I quit, too, Benny and I made up, although David didnt play with him anymore. Its to Mr. Barbours credit that he refused to let his wifes singing and composing talent lay dormant for too long, I fell in love with David Barbour, she recalled. But Why Dont You Do Right was such a giant hit that I kept getting offers, and at that time it was a lot of money
10. Hal Linden – Hal Linden is an American stage and screen actor, television director and musician. Linden began his career as a big band musician and singer in the 1950s, after a stint in the United States Army, he began an acting career where he first worked in summer stock and off-Broadway productions. Linden found success on Broadway when he replaced Sydney Chaplin in the musical Bells Are Ringing, in 1971, he won a Best Actor Tony Award for his portrayal of Mayer Rothschild in the musical The Rothschilds. In 1974, he landed his role as the title character in the television comedy series Barney Miller. The role earned him seven Primetime Emmy Award and three Golden Globe Award nominations, during the series run, Linden also hosted two educational series, Animals, Animals, Animals and FYI. He won two special Daytime Emmy Awards for the latter series, Linden won a third Daytime Emmy Award for a guest-starring role on CBS Schoolbreak Special in 1995. Linden has since continued his career on the stage, in films and he released his first album of pop and jazz standards, Its Never Too Late, in 2011. Hal Linden was born on March 20,1931, in The Bronx and he is the youngest son of Frances and Charles Lipshitz, a Lithuanian Jew who immigrated to the United States in 1910 and later owned his own printing shop. His older brother, Bernard, became a professor of music at Bowling Green State University, Linden attended Herman Ridder Junior High School and the High School of Music and Art, going on to study music at Queens College, City University of New York. He later enrolled in Baruch College and then City College of New York where he received a Bachelor of Arts in business, during his youth, Linden aspired to be a big band bandleader. Before embarking on a career in music, he decided to change his name stating, Swing and he decided on the name Hal Linden, after seeing the name on the water tower while passing through Linden, New Jersey. During the 1950s, he toured with Sammy Kaye, Bobby Sherwood, Linden played the saxophone and clarinet and also sang. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1952 where he was sent to Fort Belvoir, while in Fort Belvoir, a friend recommended that he see the touring production of Guys and Dolls playing in Washington, D. C. After seeing the show, Linden decided to become an actor, Linden found success after replacing Sydney Chaplin in the Broadway production of Bells Are Ringing in 1958. He made a breakthrough on the New York stage in 1962 when he was cast as Billy Crocker in the revival of Cole Porters Anything Goes. Lindens career slowed in the 1960s, during this time, he dubbed English dialogue for various foreign films, did voiceover work for commercials and sang jingles. His career was revived in the 1970s when he was cast as Mayer Rothschild in the 1971 musical The Rothschilds, the role earned him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. In 1973, he co-starred opposite Tony Lo Bianco in the NBC television film Mr. Inside/Mr, the film was intended to be the pilot for a proposed series but was not picked up by the network
11. Elmo Tanner – Tanner and Weems recorded the song for two different record companies within a period of five years. The song became a hit for both companies after a Charlotte, North Carolina disk jockey played it at random in 1947. Tanner was originally hired by Weems as a vocalist, the bandleader discovered Tanners whistling ability while the band was traveling to an engagement, like Bing Crosby, he was able to whistle from his throat due to the muscles in his larynx. He subsequently became a performer as a whistler, earning the nicknames Whistler’s Mother’s Boy, The Whistling Troubador. Weems considered Tanners whistling important enough to his orchestra that in 1939 he insured Tanners throat for $10,000, besides musical whistling, he also imitated birds for Disney. After a failed attempt at running a restaurant in his native Nashville in the early 1950s, he toured with the Elmo Tanner Quartet until 1958, when he found work as a disc jockey in Florida. After working as a dealer in the 1960s, in the early 1970s he resumed musical activity, singing with a St. Petersburg. Tanner was born on August 8,1904 in Nashville, Tennessee and he grew up in Detroit, and moved to Memphis with his family by 1926. As a young boy, Tanner studied the violin and was successful with it until eye trouble made it difficult for him to read notes. His musical training helped Tanner to develop the ability to scan music or lyrics quickly, on his walk home from work, Tanner passed a cemetery each night and started whistling as he passed by. Not everyone appreciated Tanners whistling in the evening, he was jailed in Albuquerque. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Tanner raced automobiles, while performing the duties of his employment he liked to whistle and sing. One day in 1928, he had a job for a customer who happened to work at WMC radio. After hearing Tanner singing while working on his car, the announcer suggested Tanner audition for the radio station and his consequent on-air appearance brought a call from Paramount Records, which had offices in Chicago. By the late 1920s, Elmo Tanner had moved to the Chicago area and had established himself as a professional musician, although Elmo Tanner never gained a large reputation as a singer, he was occasionally featured as such with Weems. It was as a vocalist that he made his initial recordings and he recorded a few dozen sides as a soloist for Paramount and Vocalion in 1927 through 1929. Interestingly, the Paramount discs appeared in the Race record series, not having signed an exclusive contract with any recording company, he was able to appear on the prestigious Victor label with Nathaniel Shilkret. In 1928 he formed a duet with Fred Rose as The Tune Peddlers and appeared on radio stations WLS, KYW, while working at KYW with Rose, Tanner received an offer from Ted Weems
12. Peggy King – Peggy King is a jazz and pop vocalist and former TV personality. She got her start with the bands of Charlie Spivak, Ralph Flanagan, the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Perry Como Show, The Garry Moore Show, and The Jack Benny Show. In 1952 MGM signed her to a contract, which led to a cameo in Vincente Minnellis The Bad and the Beautiful. These last brought her to the attention of Mitch Miller at Columbia Records, Miller signed her to a long-term contract, under which she made two best-selling albums, Wish Upon on a Star and Girl Meets Boy, and a string of hit singles. She sang the Oscar-nominated song Count Your Blessings on the 1955 Academy Awards telecast and she sang in the 1955 cult comedy Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy and was featured as chief co-star on the poster. She portrayed the stewardess Janet Turner in the suspense thriller Zero Hour, later the basis for the disaster spoof, Airplane. Her more recent albums include Lazy Afternoon, Oh What a Memory We Made Tonight, in 2008 Sepia Records reissued the original cast album of Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates, adding sixteen of Kings classic Columbia recordings and four of Hunters. In Feb.2016, she released an all-new CD album, her first recording in 36 years, the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia inducted King into their Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2016, King continues to perform in nightclubs, theatres and at charitable and private events on a basis, with Music Director/Pianist Andrew Kahn. On February 8,1960, King became one of the first stars to be honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame