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SMITH, Keely

(b 9 March '32, Norfolk VA) Jazz- oriented pop singer with excellent clear voice; first came to wide fame with husband Louis Prima's combo mid-'50s, a hot attraction in Las Vegas with mixture of comedy, jazz and pop: she sang in a straight jazz style, poker-faced and with a Tonto hairdo, while he perpetrated his ebullient nonsense. For their LPs, films etc together see his entry. The marriage failed; she had charted in '58 duet with Frank Sinatra 'How Are Ya Fixed For Love?' and LPs of her own: Swingin' Pretty '59, Be My Love '60, LP of Beatles songs '64; worked in UK '65, 'You're Breakin' My Heart' on Sinatra's Reprise label, no. 14 on UK chart that year. Returned with I'm In Love Again '85 on Fantasy, with excellent backing by Bud Shank, Bob Cooper etc. CD Spotlight On Keely Smith on Capitol.