Anita Kerr

Born Oct 31, 1927

Anita Jean Grilli, known professionally as Anita Kerr, is an American singer, arranger, composer, conductor, pianist, and music producer. She recorded and performed successfully with her vocal harmony groups in Nashville, Los Angeles, and Europe.

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1927 Birth Born on October 13, 1927.


1948 20 Years Old Kerr was born in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1948, shortly after moving from Memphis to Nashville, Kerr organized a vocal quintet whose performances attracted the attention of a WSM radio program director. … Read More
1956 28 Years Old In 1956, Anita Kerr's singers won a contest on the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts national television program. … Read More


1961 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Crediting herself as "Anita & Th' So-And-So's," Kerr multi-tracked her own voice to record the song Joey Baby, in 1961.
1964 36 Years Old In 1964, together with Chet Atkins and Jim Reeves, the Anita Kerr Singers toured Europe.
1965 37 Years Old In 1965, disbanding the Nashville version of her Anita Kerr Singers, Kerr relocated to Los Angeles "to do more orchestral writing and music that was not just country." … Read More
In early 1967, Kerr signed on as choral director for the first season of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.


1969 41 Years Old In 1969, Kerr signed with Dot Records. … Read More
1970 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Kerr's 1970 Dot album, Touchlove, was the first LP to showcase her skills as a pianist.
1972 44 Years Old In 1972, Kerr wrote—and MCA Music published—a 103-page book (accompanied by five 45rpm records) called VOICES. … Read More
1973 45 Years Old There she earned her rank as the third female conductor in Eurovision history since the debut of two female conductors at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest, these being Monica Dominique for Sweden and Nurit Hirsch for Israel.
1974 46 Years Old In 1974, Kerr began a five-year professional relationship with Word Records. … Read More
1975 47 Years Old In 1975, Kerr received a special ASCAP Award saluting "a lady of class and a first-class musician for her significant contributions to the birth and development of the Nashville Sound."
1977 49 Years Old Between 1977 and 1988 she continued to perform and record for a variety of record labels. … Read More


1985 57 Years Old In 1985, Kerr conducted her own composition of Piano, Piano as the Swiss entry for the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest in Göteborg, Sweden.


1992 64 Years Old In 1992, Kerr received a NARAS Governors Award "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to American Music." … Read More
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