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)
Google News - over 6 years
... 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
Google News - over 6 years
... 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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - almost 7 years
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 7 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 16 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 16 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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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 64
    In 1992, Kerr received a NARAS Governors Award "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to American Music."
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  • 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.
  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 49
    Between 1977 and 1988 she continued to perform and record for a variety of record labels.
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  • 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."
  • 1974
    Age 46
    In 1974, Kerr began a five-year professional relationship with Word Records.
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  • 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.
  • 1972
    Age 44
    In 1972, Kerr wrote—and MCA Music published—a 103-page book (accompanied by five 45rpm records) called VOICES.
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  • 1970
    Age 42
    Kerr moved to Switzerland in 1970.
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    Kerr's 1970 Dot album, Touchlove, was the first LP to showcase her skills as a pianist.
  • 1969
    Age 41
    In 1969, Kerr signed with Dot Records.
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  • 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.
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    She also conducted the choir and orchestra during the sessions for It's Real, a 1967 Capitol LP by singer Dale Evans.
    In early 1967, Kerr signed on as choral director for the first season of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
  • 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."
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  • 1964
    Age 36
    In 1964, together with Chet Atkins and Jim Reeves, the Anita Kerr Singers toured Europe.
  • 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.
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    Crediting herself as "Anita & Th' So-And-So's," Kerr multi-tracked her own voice to record the song Joey Baby, in 1961.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 28
    In 1956, Anita Kerr's singers won a contest on the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts national television program.
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  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born on October 13, 1927.
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