When I was a child, I listened to some of the most wonderful music. My mother played music all day long. . . all night long. Day and night I would listen to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and hundreds of others. These others are not to be taken lightly and some had the most beautiful voices in the world.
One of my best memories is of a female singer. She sang with her husband, who was full of personality. His name was Louis Prima but what stood out to me was his wife, beautiful Keely Smith, who had an exquisite voice. She had a voice which could belt out the song but she could also hit the high notes and the sound was magnificent. Keely developed a “shtick” on stage. Louis would try to make her laugh or smile while she was performing. Even Frank Sinatra, with whom she performed, would try and make her laugh or smile but bless her heart, Keely would never crack a smile and this “shtick” made her one of the best known recording artists of her time.
I recently saw a film called Two Girls and a Sailor with June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven and Van Johnson. Harry James, band leader and trumpet player, was also in the film and he played one of the most wonderful songs in this film called Sweet and Lovely. I looked all over for a recording of this music and found that the best version of it was recorded by Keely Smith. My, oh my, I played it for my husband and he was enraptured. He is now a Keely Smith fan.
To show you how popular Keely Smith is, in 2008 she performed That Old Black Magic with Kid Rock at the Grammy Awards. Way to go Keely! When you have that kind of talent, it’s timeless.
On Thursday, September 29th, at 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific Time, Movies Broadway Singers and Beyond will pay tribute this lovely lady with the magnificent voice. I am so in love with her version of Sweet and Lovely, I’m going to play it twice. I hope you listen, and enjoy!
Also, I will play some of the big band era music featuring the Dorseys, Doris Day and Bea Wain.
With a song in my heart.