Keely Smith


Keely Smith is an American jazz and popular music singer who enjoyed popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. She collaborated with, among others, Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Keely Smith.


1932 Birth Born on March 9, 1932.


1949 17 Years Old Smith made her professional debut with Louis Prima in 1949 (the couple were married in 1953); Smith played the "straight guy" in the duo to Prima's wild antics and they recorded many duets. … Read More


1953 21 Years Old Smith is of Irish and Native American ancestry. She married Louis Prima in 1953; the couple divorced in 1961. … Read More
1959 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959, Smith and Prima were awarded the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group or Chorus for "That Ol' Black Magic". … Read More
1961 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961, Smith divorced Prima. … Read More


1965 33 Years Old In 1965, she married Jimmy Bowen. The couple divorced in 1969.


1975 43 Years Old Smith married singer Bobby Milano (real name Charles Caci) in 1975 in Palm Springs. … Read More


1986 54 Years Old In 1986, Smith faced legal problems for failing to withhold employee personal income and disability insurance taxes in connection with vending companies (including Piggy Vending) she owned in Palm Springs, California.


2008 76 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On February 10, 2008, Smith performed "That Old Black Magic" with Kid Rock at the 50th Grammy Awards. … Read More
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