Jazz and Pop Singer Keely Smith, Frequent Louis Prima Collaborator, Dies at 89

Jazz and Pop Singer Keely Smith, Frequent Louis Prima Collaborator, Dies at 89
Keely Smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her musical partnership with Louis Prima, has died of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 89.

According to a news release from her publicist Bob Merlis, Smith was under a physician’s care when she died Saturday.

Smith was born Dorothy Jacqueline Keely in Norfolk, Va., on March 9, 1928, and was still a teenager when she began singing with Louis Prima's band.

She and Prima married in 1953, and together, they won a Grammy in 1959 for their hit "That Old Black...
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