Anita Kerr
American composer
Anita Kerr
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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Sno-King Chorale welcomes new recruits to 'Boot Camp' Aug. 23-25 - My Edmonds News (registration)
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... commissioned works by the legendary Anita Kerr and renowned composer John Rutter; and hosting guests artists such as The Brothers Four, pianist Walt Wagner, jazz and gospel artists Dee Daniels and Louise Rose, and Northwest favorite Stan Boreson
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Ruth Thorne gets pinned! - NorthJersey.com
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... Betty Rile, Mary Szabados, Mary McLaughlin, June Reitmeier, Elaine Pierce, Sally Hand, Jo Chiara, Mary Jean James, Joann Grell, Rosemary Duggan, Gretta O'Brien, Mary Alice Coti, Theresa Gregorio, Maryann Aman, Hope Diggs, Anita Kerr, Jolene Murphy,
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Willem Duys vond presenteren geen prestatie - NU.nl
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Duys stelde ook 'nieuwe' artiesten voor: Adamo, Anita Kerr, George Shearing, José Feliciano, Rod McKuen. Zittend achter een vissenkom interviewde Duys echter niet alleen artiesten, maar ook mensen met bijzondere hobby's en beroepen en uitvindingen
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Radio Netherlands Worldwide - Radio Nederland Wereldomroep
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Soepel in het gehoor liggende, lakgladde producties uit Nashville, Tennessee, met strijkers, vaak ook de piano van Floyd Cramer en, als icing on the cake, de razorsharp background vocals van The Anita Kerr Singers. Nashville Sound verwees, evenals
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Garage Sale Cowboy: Rod McKuen's The Sea - Houston Press (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
In one batch came McKuen's 1967 album with Anita Kerr and the San Sebastian Strings, The Sea, along with ZZ Top's Tres Hombres, a shit-ton of disco and the eighth copy of the Grease soundtrack. At the time we were making crudely edited mix tapes,
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Chet Atkins, 77, Is Dead; Guitarist and Producer Was Architect of the 'Nashville Sound'
NYTimes - over 15 years
Chet Atkins, the versatile guitarist and record producer who was a leader in the growth of Nashville as a music center in the 1950's and part of the elite force that transformed country music and affected popular musical taste in America, died on Saturday at his home in Nashville. He was 77. Mr. Atkins had battled cancer for several years,
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Chet Atkins, 77, Is Dead; Guitarist and Producer Was Architect of the 'Nashville Sound'
NYTimes - over 15 years
Chet Atkins, the versatile guitarist and record producer who was a leader in the growth of Nashville as a music center in the 1950's and part of the elite force that transformed country music and affected popular musical taste in America, died on Saturday at his home in Nashville. He was 77. Mr. Atkins had battled cancer for several years,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anita Kerr
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 64
    In 1992, Kerr received a NARAS Governors Award "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to American Music."
    More Details Hide Details Arranged, conducted and produced by Anita Kerr: featuring the Anita Kerr Quartet (plus 4 additional vocalists). Featuring the Anita Kerr Singers Music and arrangements by Anita Kerr. Words by Rod McKuen. Co-produced by Anita Kerr and Rod McKuen.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1985
    Age 57
    In 1985, Kerr conducted her own composition of Piano, Piano as the Swiss entry for the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest in Göteborg, Sweden.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 49
    Between 1977 and 1988 she continued to perform and record for a variety of record labels.
    More Details Hide Details Her work from this period includes: Anita Kerr Performs Wonders, as singer/arranger; The Sound of Warm, as pianist/arranger; and In The Soul, as composer/arranger.
  • 1975
    Age 47
    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."
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  • 1974
    Age 46
    In 1974, Kerr began a five-year professional relationship with Word Records.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to recording four gospel albums with the Singers, Kerr arranged and produced a series of Hallelujah instrumental albums for Word. She received Grammy nominations twice for her Word inspirational recordings. During these years, Kerr also wrote choral and instrumental arrangements for Hal Leonard Corporation, the world's largest music print publisher.
  • 1973
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 44
    In 1972, Kerr wrote—and MCA Music published—a 103-page book (accompanied by five 45rpm records) called VOICES.
    More Details Hide Details With Complete Recorded Examples. That same year, the Anita Kerr Singers recorded two LPs for Philips and Kerr scored and conducted original music for the motion picture soundtrack to Limbo, a drama starring Kate Jackson. During the early 1970s, Kerr also made numerous personal appearances on television in the Netherlands.
  • 1970
    Age 42
    Kerr moved to Switzerland in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Her recording sessions held in London, she launched the Anita Kerr Singers anew with UK talent: Anne Simmons, Ken Barrie (Postman Pat narrator & singer), and Danny Street. In 1971, the Singers recorded the LP A Tribute to Simon and Garfunkel. That same year, Kerr wrote original music and lyrics for the Ampex album A Christmas Story, and she felt privileged to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra during the recording sessions.
    Kerr's 1970 Dot album, Touchlove, was the first LP to showcase her skills as a pianist.
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  • 1969
    Age 41
    In 1969, Kerr signed with Dot Records.
    More Details Hide Details The Anita Kerr Singers Reflect on the Hits of Burt Bacharach & Hal David was the group's first and Edison-Award-winning album for Dot. The Anita Kerr Singers also recorded a pair of Dot Christmas-music LPs. In the late 1960s, Kerr not only recorded and performed with her own group, but she also arranged and produced records for other unique artists, including The Mystic Monks, Les Tres Guitars, and Teresa.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1967
    Age 39
    In 1967, Kerr, collaborating with poet Rod McKuen, composed, arranged, and conducted music for an instrumental/spoken-word album called The Sea.
    More Details Hide Details Credited as a San Sebastian Strings release, the best-selling LP, co-produced by Kerr and Rod, was the first of a dozen San Sebastian Strings albums featuring Kerr's music, Rod's words, and specific themes about nature and love.
    She also conducted the choir and orchestra during the sessions for It's Real, a 1967 Capitol LP by singer Dale Evans.
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    In early 1967, Kerr signed on as choral director for the first season of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
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  • 1965
    Age 37
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Now under contract to Warner Bros. Records, Kerr formed a Los Angeles version of the Anita Kerr Singers, which, for the next five years, would include the following personnel: alto B.J. Baker or Jackie Ward, tenor Gene Merlino or Bill Cole, baritone Bill Lee, bass Bob Tebow, and Kerr herself as soprano and arranger. The half dozen albums recorded by the Singers for Warner included a cover version of the song All You Need Is Love by The Beatles, and one of the LPs was exclusively devoted to the songs of composer Bert Kaempfert. Disguising the group as the Mexicali Singers, Kerr also recorded a trio of mariachi-flavored albums with musical arrangements reminiscent of the Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass sound. The Anita Kerr Singers won another Grammy Award for their recording of A Man And A Woman, released as a single on Warner Bros. Records.
  • 1964
    Age 36
    In 1964, together with Chet Atkins and Jim Reeves, the Anita Kerr Singers toured Europe.
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  • 1961
    Age 33
    The Anita Kerr Singers signed with RCA Victor in 1961. Their first album for the label was From Nashville The Hit Sound. Subsequent RCA Victor LPs extended the quartet's repertoire as they explored the soul songs of Ray Charles and the compositions of Henry Mancini. The group's 1965 album We Dig Mancini won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to recording as themselves, the Singers continued to perform as backup singers in Nashville. Using Kerr's arrangements, they can be heard on songs by Hank Snow, Brenda Lee, Perry Como, Pat Boone, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Vinton, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Floyd Cramer, Al Hirt, Ann-Margret, and many other artists. Under her RCA contract, Kerr also arranged and produced a series of albums for The Living Voices on the RCA Camden budget label.
    Crediting herself as "Anita & Th' So-And-So's," Kerr multi-tracked her own voice to record the song Joey Baby, in 1961.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 28
    In 1956, Anita Kerr's singers won a contest on the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts national television program.
    More Details Hide Details Now, cut down to a quartet at Godfrey's suggestion, the group travelled to New York City two weeks out of every six to appear with Godfrey on his daily television and radio broadcasts. A few years later, Kerr and her singers performed five times a week with Jim Reeves on his national radio program at WSM. The quartet's roster at this time featured tenor Gil Wright, baritone Louis Nunley, alto Dottie Dillard, and Kerr herself as both soprano and arranger. Singers and arranger soon began contributing to between twelve and eighteen recording sessions weekly. Having previously backed Faron Young, Chet Atkins, and Webb Pierce on SESAC radio transcription sessions, the Anita Kerr Singers were invited to record their own songs for SESAC. Between 1959 and 1963, the group waxed sixty SESAC tracks. In 1960, as "The Little Dippers," the group recorded a hit single, "Forever", for the University label.
  • 1948
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He hired Kerr to become leader of and arranger for an octet choir on the radio station's "Sunday Down South" broadcasts. Joining her were singers Carl Garvin, Jim Hall, Doug Kirkham, Mary Ellen Puckett, Evelyn Wilson, Mildred Kirkham, and Don Fotrell. The group's first recording session was with Red Foley, and their collaboration resulted in a No. 16 hit on Billboard's Pop chart in 1950: Our Lady of Fatima. The following year, producer Owen Bradley signed them to record for Decca Records. Their talents in demand, Anita's group continued to sing backup for other country artists in Nashville, including Eddy Arnold, Burl Ives, and Ernest Tubb. The group's recording sessions—initially averaging two per week—increased to eight sessions weekly by 1955.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born on October 13, 1927.
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