Keely Smith
American singer
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.
Biography
Keely Smith's personal information overview.
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News
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'Louis & Keely "Live" at the Sahara' revisits the Geffen, with some changes
LATimes - about 1 year
"Louis & Keely 'Live' at the Sahara," a musical homage to the 1950s Vegas act and stormy marriage of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, opens Wednesday at the Geffen Playhouse. If the scenario sounds oddly familiar, it's not just you. The show opened at the Geffen Playhouse once before, in 2009. After...
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23 Artworks
Huffington Post - about 1 year
NOTICE: This blog post includes images of nudity in painting and drawing. -- What we have here are 23 pieces of art, with my notes on each. These works are by 23 of 50 artists -- representing 23 of 100 artworks -- included in issue #68 of Poets/Artists magazine, which I had the honor of curating under the guidance of publisher Didi Menendez. The magazine does not include this commentary. I am very proud of the magazine, but in print, I like to look at art without all the chit-chat. So the magazine is low on text. However, there is a fantastic Instagram profile called @paint_anyway, which is often run by guest curators. I was invited to showcase a selection of work from my issue of Poets/Artists at @paint_anway. I thought my contributions there could use a little written introduction. So when I made the painful selection of a fraction of the artwork, I chose particularly the pieces I thought I could write something interesting about. And I wrote a little paragraph describing wha ...
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'Louis & Keely' not long for the Royal George
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
"Louis and Keely 'Live' at the Sahara," the show about the singer-musician Louis Prima and his partner Keely Smith, has posted its closing notice at the Royal George Theatre for May 17.
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'Louis & Keely': The couple Vegas made and broke
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
Back when Chez Paree was chic and the Empire Room at the Palmer House Hotel was in its regal cabaret splendor, the vocalist Keely Smith was once a regular visitor to Chicago.
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YOUR MOTHER'S STORY by Rozanne Gates
Branford Patch - almost 5 years
Westport, CT - Mother’s Day comes around every year. It’s a good thing. But unfortunately for my sister and me, our mother is no longer here. We miss her very much. Her birthday is May 8 so Mother’s Day was always doubly celebrated at our house. There was a time when I had the chance to collect and assemble all her family photos and to record the sound of her voice, but I didn’t do it. Obviously, now it’s too late. My mother used to tell the story of how she sang with Louis Prima. She grew up in New Orleans and music was her passion. When my grandmother finally realized where her daughter was sneaking off to on Saturday nights, she put a stop to it and my mother’s trips to the French Quarter to sing with Mr. Prima ended. My mother used to say, “I could have been Keely Smith.” But hearing my mother tell that story in her own words is something we will never have. That is so sad because it’s a great story. Three years ago when Suzanne Sheridan and I came upon ...
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Buddy Greco Announces New Release & UK Dates - Entertainment Focus
Google News - over 5 years
Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Keely Smith are just some of the stars with whom Greco formed close relationships, and it was through his friendship with Sinatra that he became a member of the famed Rat Pack and spent
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Ray Gelato Giants, en Madrid - Zona Musical
Google News - over 5 years
Sus primeras grabaciones, de finales de los 90, las hizo con los Ray Gelato Giants, mostrando su devoción por el cancionero americano y su pasión por Louis Prima, Keely Smith o Hank Williams. Después de una gira de presentación por teatros en Londres,
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Secrecy of old allegations against pensioner's killer 'frustrating' - Haringey Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Detective Inspector Keely Smith, who worked on the current case, said: “It's frustrating but careful consideration is given to whether or not we would let the jury know about that case. “She wasn't actually found guilty, there were two hung juries
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The Jive Aces cierra el Polisònic - el periodic
Google News - over 5 years
Además, han actuado junto a muchos de los grandes como John Travolta, Status Quo, Isaac Hayes, Van Morrison, Count Basie Orchestra, Keely Smith, Priscilla Presley, Greco Buddy, Allie Kristie, Kenny Ball, Chuck Berry, Christie Tony o Lee Evans,
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The ARTINFO Agenda: 10 Picks For This Week, From Laurie Anderson at Lincoln ... - ARTINFO
Google News - over 5 years
Samantha Keely Smith's paintings at Gavin Spanierman are landscapes that play at the edge of abstraction, blurring between light-filled fields and non-objective compositions. Light suffuses the works through soft clouds of brushstrokes, while canvases
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Royal Crown Revue, Big Bands to Beguile Santa Monica Pier - Santa Monica Mirror
Google News - over 5 years
Lead singers Eddie Nichols and Jennifer Keith bring their original version of American jazz, conveying a Louie Prima-Keely Smith feeling to their renditions of that classic '50s style, augmenting their songs with a little just-for-fun banter
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'Vegas Live!' in Fullerton conjures a multi-era Sin City - OCRegister
Google News - over 5 years
The variety is genuinely pleasing, too, including Keely Smith and Louis Prima doing "Jump Jive an' Wail," Nat King Cole (Lucas) and Natalie Cole (Destiny Lofton) duetting on "Unforgettable," Patrick's singular Tom Jones crooning "What's New Pussycat"
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DVD Review: Louis Prima: In Person - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
His most celebrated recordings are the duets he made with Keely Smith for Capitol Records in the 1950s - she played straight man to Prima's clown. Smith and Prima broke up in 1960, and her replacement, Gia Maione, is the mother of Louis Prima, Jr.,
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MOLFETTA. Il Burlesque a Molfetta - "il fatto" Molfetta
Google News - over 5 years
La serata, a bordo piscina, ha previsto la possibilità di cenare e assistere alle varie performance di Roxy Rose, accompagnata dal sound vintage di Misspia, un personaggio a metà tra Bettie Page e Keely Smith: con la bellezza della prima el'ironia
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New Album Release Has Legendary Background - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Buddy Jr. has not only played with his father, but has drummed for such greats as Keely Smith, Jerry Vale, and Jack Jones just to name a few. His roots, however, have always been in Rock 'n' Roll. Prior to joining Suzanne Oliver, Greco has released 4
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Harry Potter's last stand brings fans out for flick - Canton Repository
Google News - over 5 years
Rachel Horrell left, Kayla Young, Keely Smith, Lindsay Largent, and Sarah Matthews play at Harry Potter version of Go Fish while waiting for the 12:01 am .showing of the final installment of the Harry Potter movies outside Tinseltown theater at The
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Keely Smith
    THIRTIES
  • 2008
    In 2008, Vanessa Claire Smith and Jake Broder wrote and starred in the new musical, Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara, which premiered at Los Angeles' Sacred Fools Theater Company and went on to be nominated for four Ovation Awards, including the Franklin R. Levy Award for Musical in an Intimate Theatre, which it won.
    More Details Hide Details Soundtracks Keely Smith Keely Smith with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra Louis Prima and Keely Smith Louis Prima and Keely Smith with Sam Butera and the Witnesses Appears on (various artist compilations)
    On February 10, 2008, Smith performed "That Old Black Magic" with Kid Rock at the 50th Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Smith also went on to influence Pop star Paloma Faith who at "Later at the Proms", the Guy Barker Orchestra and Miss Faith performed Smith's biggest hit All Night Long.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Smith married singer Bobby Milano (real name Charles Caci) in 1975 in Palm Springs.
    More Details Hide Details Frank Sinatra gave the bride away.
  • OTHER
  • 1965
    In 1965, she married Jimmy Bowen. The couple divorced in 1969.
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  • 1961
    In 1961, columnist Dorothy Kilgallen reported that Smith had dated and broken up with music executive Morris Levy.
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    In 1961, Smith divorced Prima.
    More Details Hide Details She then signed with Reprise Records, where her musical director was Nelson Riddle. In 1965, she had Top 20 hits in the United Kingdom with an album of Beatles compositions, and a single, "You're Breaking My Heart" which reached #14 in April., her Reprise recordings have never been made available on CD. In 1985, she made a comeback with I'm In Love Again (Fantasy Records). Her albums, Swing, Swing, Swing (2002), Keely Sings Sinatra (2001) for which she was Grammy nominated, and Keely Swings Count Basie Style with Strings (2002) garnered critical and fan acclaim. In 1998, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her. Smith released Vegas '58 – Today a compilation album of her best known songs, all recorded live. Smith has re-recorded a number of songs from her Prima years, including a modified version of "Oh Marie," which has been renamed "Oh Louis" in tribute. By her own admission, she has never had a singing lesson and cannot read music.
  • 1959
    Smith appeared with Prima in the 1959 film, Hey Boy!
    More Details Hide Details Hey Girl!, singing "Fever", and also appeared in and sang on the soundtrack of the previous year's Thunder Road. Her song in Thunder Road was "Whippoorwill". Her first big solo hit was "I Wish You Love" in 1957.
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Her "dead-pan" act was a hit with fans. The duo followed up with the minor successes "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen", a revival of the 1937 Andrews Sisters hit. Smith and Prima's act was a mainstay of the Las Vegas lounge scene for much of the 1950s. Though her actual voice was not used, she was caricatured as "Squealy Smith" in Bob Clampett's 1960 Beany and Cecil episode "So What and the Seven Whatnots," a Snow White spoof in a Vegas setting.
  • 1953
    Smith is of Irish and Native American ancestry. She married Louis Prima in 1953; the couple divorced in 1961.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had two children: Toni Elizabeth and Luanne Francis.
  • 1949
    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.
    More Details Hide Details These include Johnny Mercer's and Harold Arlen's "That Ol' Black Magic", which was a Top 20 hit in the US in 1958.
  • 1932
    Born on March 9, 1932.
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