Kay Starr

Hometown the United States
Other Names Starks, Katherine...

Kay Starr is an American pop and jazz singer who enjoyed considerable success in the 1940s and 50s. She is best remembered for introducing two songs that became #1 hits in the 1950s, "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Rock And Roll Waltz". Starr was successful in every field of music she tried: jazz, pop and country. But her roots were in jazz; and Billie Holiday, considered by many the greatest jazz singer of all time, called Starr "the only white woman who could sing the blues."… Read More

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1922 Birth Born on July 21, 1922.


1939 16 Years Old Although she had brief stints in 1939 with Bob Crosby and Glenn Miller (who hired her in July of that year when his regular singer, Marion Hutton, was sick), she spent most of her next few years with Venuti, until he dissolved his band in 1942. … Read More


1943 20 Years Old After finishing high school, she moved to Los Angeles and signed with Wingy Manone's band; then from 1943 to 1945 she sang with Charlie Barnet's band. … Read More
1946 23 Years Old In 1946 she became a soloist, and in 1947 signed a solo contract with Capitol Records. … Read More
1950 27 Years Old Around 1950 Starr made a trip back home to Dougherty and heard a fiddle recording of Pee Wee King's song, Bonaparte's Retreat. … Read More


1955 32 Years Old In 1955, she signed with RCA Victor Records. … Read More
1959 36 Years Old She stayed at RCA Victor until 1959, hitting the top ten only once more with My Heart Reminds Me, then returned to Capitol. … Read More


1966 43 Years Old After departing from Capitol Records for a second time in 1966, Starr continued touring concert venues in the US and the UK.
1968 45 Years Old She also recorded several jazz and country albums on small independent labels, including a 1968 album with Count Basie, and Back To The Roots (1975).


1993 70 Years Old In the late 1980s she was featured in the revue 3 Girls with Helen O'Connell and Margaret Whiting, and in 1993 she toured the United Kingdom as part of Pat Boone’s April Love Tour.
1997 75 Years Old Most recently her first "live" album, Live At Freddy's, was released in 1997.
2001 79 Years Old Kay Starr performs Blue and Sentimental with Tony Bennett on his 2001 album Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues.
2006 84 Years Old In 2006 a remix by Stuhr of Starr's vocal of the classic I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm was used in a commercial for Telus.
2007 85 Years Old As of 2007 she resides in Bel Air, California; married six times, she has a daughter and a grandchild.
2012 90 Years Old Starr was one of the first female artists to perform country western swing music. As of 2012 she is still performing.
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