Keely Smith

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Keely Smith
Portrait of Keely Smith, 1960
Portrait of Keely Smith, 1960
Background information
Birth nameDorothy Jacqueline Keely
Born(1932-03-09)March 9, 1932
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
DiedDecember 16, 2017(2017-12-16) (aged 85)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
GenresJazz, vocal jazz, pop
Years active1949–2017
LabelsCapitol, Dot

Keely Smith (born Dorothy Jacqueline Keely, March 9, 1932 — December 16, 2017) was a Grammy Award-winning American jazz and popular music singer. She performed and recorded many times in the 1950s with then-husband Louis Prima, and throughout the 1960s as a solo-artist.

With her former husband Prima, their songs included Johnny Mercer's and Harold Arlen's "That Ol' Black Magic", which was a Top 20 hit in the US in 1958. At the 1st Annual Grammy Awards in 1959, Smith and Prima won the first Grammy for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for "That Ol' Black Magic".[1]

Smith died of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs, California on December 16, 2017 at the age of 85.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Unterberger, Richie. "Keely Smith | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. Iconic vocalist Keely Smith dies from apparent heart failure at 89

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