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Keely Smith

Here is a beautiful song performed by the wonderful Keely Smith.
Keely Smith (born Dorothy Jaqueline Keely in 1932, in Norfolk, Virginia, of part Cherokee descent) is an American jazz and popular music singer, who enjoyed great popularity in the 1950's and 1960's. Her collaborations with Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra were highly rated. Smith was much admired for her exquisite singing style and her great beauty. In recent years, Smith resumed her career to critical acclaim. Smith showed a natural aptitude for singing at a very young age. At age fourteen, Smith started singing with a naval air station band. At fifteen, she got her first paying job with the Earl Bennett band. Smith made her professional debut with Prima in 1949 (the couple were married in 1953). Smith and Prima's act was a mainstay of the Las Vegas lounge scene for much of the 1950's. Smith appeared with Prima in the 1959 film "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!", singing "Fever", and also appeared in and sang on the soundtrack of the previous year's "Thunder Road". Her first big solo hit was "I Wish You Love". In 1961, Smith divorced Prima and signed to Reprise Records, where her musical director was Nelson Riddle. In 1965, she had Top 20 hits in the UK with an album of Beatles compositions and a version of "You're Breaking My Heart". Smith then retired from music to concentrate on raising her children. In 1985, she made a well-received comeback with "I'm In Love Again" (Verve). Her albums "Swing, Swing, Swing" (2002), "Keely sings Sinatra" (2001 - for which she was Grammy nominated), and "Keely Swings Count Basie Style with Strings" (2002) have garnered much critical and fan acclaim. Most recently, Smith released "Vegas '58 - Today", a compilation album of her best known songs, all recorded live. Smith has re-recorded a number of songs from her Prima years, including a modified version of "Oh Marie", which has been renamed "Oh Louis" in tribute. Now in her 70s, Smith works a light touring schedule, but continues to wow fans with her strong voice and natural stage presence.
Enjoy Keely's big and dynamic voice!

Sweet and lovely

And here is a great hit medley: That old black magic / It's magic (from a special TV show in 1983)

Keely Smith passed away on 16 December 2017. RIP

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