Armando "Buddy" Greco (August 14, 1926 – January 10, 2017) was an American jazz and pop singer and pianist.
WIKIPEDIA Greco died on January 10, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, aged 90 VIDEO: Few can match the lifelong extraordinary talent of Buddy Greco. His peers have called him a singer's singer and a musician's musician. He has been internationally recognized year after year as one of the top Jazz pianists and vocalists of our time. He has appeared on every major television show and venue in the United States and throughout the world. He began playing the piano at the age of four. As a child radio personality and gifted pianist he was a performing veteran by the age of 18 when he recorded his first hit 'Oh Look At Her Ain't She Pretty'. It was enough to interest Benny Goodman. Buddy accepted Benny Goodman's offer of a job as pianist, singer/arranger, and traveled the world with the Benny Goodman Band for two years. Since then, Buddy has sold millions of records and received gold records for hits such as 'The Lady Is A Tramp', and 'Around The World'. He enjoys rare distinction of having made 65 albums and 100 singles ranging in style from Jazz to Country/Western and Pop music. To date, Buddy's particular favourite album is the one he made with the London Symphony Orchestra, which he arranged, conducted and played piano. 'Mac Arthur Park' dedicated to Buddy by it's composer, Jimmy Webb is Buddy's favourite composition and it is his symphonic instrumental which closes each of his shows. Buddy has been honoured by his hometown and was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance's 'Walk Of Fame'. He has also gained acclaim for his musicianship and talent in the 'Encyclopedia of Great Jazz Singers and Musicians'. Sixty years after he worked for Benny Goodman at the London Palladium and forty years after a Royal Command Performance with The Beatles for the Queen of England, he is still in great demand. He recently concluded a tour that took him to 72 cities performing 72 unforgettable shows, which drew standing ovations to capacity crowds. He has produced, with his wife of 15 years, vocalist, Lezlie Anders, a stage show entitled 'FEVER! The Music of Miss Peggy Lee', which has met with critical acclaim, and opens in London's West End in the spring of 2010.
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WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: Recorded in 1957 (when Debbie Reynolds was 23 years old) for the film "Tammy and the Bachelor," the song earned her a gold record and was the best-selling single by a female vocalist in 1957. The song spent 23 weeks on the "Top 40" charts. It was number one for five weeks on the Billboard pop charts. The song was nominated for a "Best Song" Academy Award in 1957, but lost to "All The Way" from the film, "The Joker Is Wild."
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Francis Makris "Fran" Jeffries (May 18, 1937 – December 15, 2016) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model.
WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: "Meglio Stasera" known in English as "It Had Better Be Tonight" is a 1963 song with music by Henry Mancini, Italian lyrics by Franco Migliacci and English lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was composed for the 1963 film The Pink Panther where it was performed by Fran Jeffries.
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Julius La Rosa was an Italian-American traditional popular music singer, who worked in both radio and television beginning in the 1950s. La Rosa's third recording, "Eh, Cumpari", hit #1 on the Cash Box chart and #2 on the Billboard chart, with La Rosa getting an award as the best new male vocalist of 1953. "Eh, Cumpari" was followed by another major hit, "Domani." For thirteen weeks during the summer of 1955, La Rosa had a three-times-a-week television series on CBS, The Julius La Rosa Show, featuring Russ Case and his Orchestra. The Julius La Rosa Show aired in an hour-long format in the summers of 1956 and 1957 at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturdays on NBC as a seasonal replacement for The Perry Como Show (Como previously had La Rosa, on occasion, fill in for him during the 1954-'55 season of his CBS series). WIKIPEDIA
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Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on his famous father's legacy with his own music career, has died. He was 72.
The Sinatra family said in a statement to The Associated Press that Sinatra died unexpectedly Wednesday of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida....News
Francis Wayne Sinatra (January 10, 1944—March 16, 2016), professionally known as Frank Sinatra, Jr., was an American singer, songwriter and conductor. Frank Jr. son of singer and actor Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra. He is the younger brother of singer and actress Nancy Sinatra, and the older brother of television producer Tina Sinatra....WIKIPEDIA
Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg (September 20, 1924 – March 10, 2016), known as Gogi Grant, was an American popular singer. She is best known for her No. 1 hit in 1956, "The Wayward Wind".
Although she made albums and appeared on television into the 1960s, Gogi Grant's popularity declined and she initially retired from singing in 1967 after a final US chart single, "The Sea" (top 20 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart). An album of hers was released in UK some 20 years later. Grant survived cancer surgery and was in remission. In 2004, aged 80, she made an appearance on the PBS 1950s pop music special Magic Moments and sang "The Wayward Wind." Grant headlined with The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies in Palm Springs, California. One of her more notable appearances of her later years was with the Follies on December 31, 2006. She was still performing as late as 2013, at the age of 89. In 1959, Grant married attorney Robert Rifkind. The couple had two children. Grant died on March 10, 2016, aged 91. Her death was announced by her son, Joshua Beckett. She also had a daughter, Jeri Brown.
VIDEO: Gogi Grant - The Wayward Wind
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Kitty Kallen, her voice sweet and clear, welcomed the troops home from World War II, singing: “Kiss me once, then kiss me twice, then kiss me once again. It’s been a long, long time.” She turned out hits like “Bésame Mucho,” “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “In the Chapel in the Moonlight” and “Little Things Mean a Lot” — many reaching the Top 10. And after singing with many of her era’s top bandleaders — Artie Shaw, Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden — she outlasted their era. Her last hit, “My Coloring Book,” was in 1962. Ms. Kallen died on Thursday, 7 January 2016, at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was 94. Her son, Jonathan Granoff, who confirmed her death, said she had been living year-round in Mexico, where she had long had a vacation home while spending most of her adult life in Englewood, N.J. more NYTimes OBIT
Kitty Kallen (born Katherine Kalinsky; May 25, 1921 – January 7, 2016) was an American popular singer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s—to include the Swing era of the Big Band years, the post-WWII pop scene and the early years of rock 'n roll. She is best known for her 1954 solo recording '"Little Things Mean a Lot" — a song that stayed at the U.S. number one spot for nine consecutive weeks, charted in the U.S. for almost seven months. WIKIPEDIA
VIDEO: Martin, Lewis & Kitty Kallen - 3 Blind Mice
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