Singer Kay Starr
birth name: Katherine Laverne Starks

Kay Starr

July 21, 1922, Dougherty, OK

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.” ~ Wikipedia: Kay Starr ~ retrieved July 20, 2013 © Wikipedia

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A solid jazz singer whose early recordings tended to be forgotten after her ascendancy into the commercial sphere during the mid-'50s, Kay Starr was among the first pop singer to capitalize on the “rock fad” with her 1955 novelty Rock and Roll Waltz. Her biggest hit came with the era-defining Wheel of Fortune, a prime slice of '50s adult pop with a suitably brassy reading. Born in Oklahoma, she moved to Dallas at a young age and made her debut on radio while still in school. A brief stay with Glenn Miller & His Orchestra precipitated her working with groups led by Bob Crosby, Joe Venuti and finally Charlie Barnet. She recorded a few numbers with Barnet that earned her a solo contract with Capitol. By 1948, Starr made her Your Hit Parade breakthrough with You Were Only Foolin' (While I Was Falling in Love). ~ Allmusic: Kay Starr ~ retrieved July 17, 2013 © Allmusic

Kay Starr ~ Inducted in the 2000 Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame.

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