Tuesday, 19 December 2017 04:41

The Swinger: Keely Smith 1928-2017

 

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Keely Smith, who died Sunday at 89, lived long enough to see a new generation embrace the music that made her famous in the 50's. Her work with husband Louis Prima (1910-1978), a New Orleans-born swing trumpeter and singer, made her famous in the 50's when they became the hottest act in Las Vegas. But Smith was more than an onstage sidekick. She had a vocal gift own she exercised without Prima on a series of outstanding albums notable for their range and unrelenting sense of swing.

Published in Get Rhythm