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Keely Smith
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    (March 9, 1928-December 16, 2017)
    Born in Norfolk, Virginia
    Birth name was Dorothy Jacqueline Keely
    Recored 'That Old Black Magic' with husband Louis Prima and 'How Are Ya Fixed For Love' with Frank Sinatra
    Solo recorded the albums 'I'm In Love Again' (1985), 'Keely Sings Sinatra' (2001), 'Swing, Swing, Swing' (2002), 'Keely Swings Count Basie Style With Strings' (2002) and 'Vegas '58-Today' (2005)
    She cannot read music.
    She divorced both Prima and producer Jimmy Bowen.
    She was nicknamed the 'Queen of Las Vegas.'
    She dueted with Kid Rock at the Grammys (2008).
    In their lounge act, she memorably played the straight man to Prima's wild antics.
    She and Prima won the first Grammy for best vocal performance by a duo or group.
    Tony Bennett called her 'one of the greatest jazz-pop singers of all time.'
    She said of her comeback in the 80s, 'I’m thrilled that the resurgence is of my career by myself because for many years everything I did was with Louis, and now all of a sudden I’m being recognized on my own and that really is the ultimate for me.'
    Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese are both fans and have used her songs in the films 'The Deer Hunter,' 'Raging Bull,' 'Analyze This' and 'Mad Dog and Glory.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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