June Christy

Born Nov 20, 1925
Hometown Springfield, Illi...
Died Jun 21, 1990
Death Place Sherman Oaks
Other Names Luster, Shirley

June Christy, born Shirley Luster, was an American singer, known for her work in the cool jazz genre and for her silky smooth vocals. Her success as a singer began with The Stan Kenton Orchestra. She pursued a solo career from 1954 and is best known for her debut album Something Cool. After her death, she was hailed as "one of the finest and most neglected singers of her time."… Read More

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1925 Birth Born on November 20, 1925.


1945 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1945, after hearing that Anita O'Day had left Stan Kenton's Orchestra, she auditioned and was chosen for the role as a vocalist. … Read More


1947 21 Years Old From 1947, she started to work on her own records, primarily with arranger and bandleader Pete Rugolo.
…  She pursued a solo career from 1954 and is best known for her debut album Something Cool. … Read More


1969 43 Years Old Christy semi-retired from the music business in 1969, in part due to her battle with alcoholism.
1972 46 Years Old In 1972, she sang at the Newport Jazz Festival in New York City, where she was reunited with the Kenton Orchestra. … Read More


1977 51 Years Old Christy returned to the recording studio in 1977 to record her final solo LP, Impromptu.


1987 61 Years Old She recorded an interview for a Paul Cacia produced an album in 1987 called "The Alumni Tribute to Stan Kenton" on the Happy Hour label. … Read More
1990 65 Years Old Christy died at her home in Sherman Oaks, California of kidney failure on June 21, 1990, at the age of 64. … Read More
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