All Of Me - Kay Starr - The Fabulous Kay Starr
Label: Xtra - 26421 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz, Pop • Style: Big Band, Easy Listening, Swing, Vocal
Starr was successful in every field of music she tried jazz, pop, and countrybut All Of Me - Kay Starr - The Fabulous Kay Starr roots were in jazz. Billie Holiday called her "the only white woman who could sing the blues.
Her mother raised chickens, whom Starr serenaded in the coop. Her aunt Nora was impressed by her 7-year-old niece's singing and arranged for her to sing on a Dallas radio station, WRR.
Starr finishing 3rd one week in a talent contest and placed first every week thereafter. She was given a minute radio show.
She sang pop Allelujah - Fairground Attraction - The First Of A Million Kisses country songs with a piano accompaniment.
When Starr's father changed jobs, the family moved to Memphis, where she continued performing on the radio. She sang Western swing music, still mostly a mix of country and pop. While working for Memphis radio station WMPS, misspellings in her fan mail inspired her and her parents to change her name to "Kay Starr".
At 15, she was chosen to sing with the Joe Venuti orchestra. Venuti had a contract to play in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis which called for his band Everybody And Me - Broadcast 2000 - Building Blocks feature a girl singer, a performer he did not Miracle Baby - Cartesian Kirlian at the time.
Venuti's road manager heard All Of Me - Kay Starr - The Fabulous Kay Starr on the radio and recommended her although she was young and her parents insisted on a midnight curfew. They were not a great success, in part because the band played in a key that, while appropriate for Hutton, did not suit Kay's vocal range. After finishing high school, she moved to Los Angeles and signed with Wingy Manone 's band.
From to she sang with Charlie Barnet 's ensemble, retiring for a year after contracting pneumonia and later developing nodes on her vocal cords as a result of fatigue and overwork. In Starr became a soloist and a year later All Of Me - Kay Starr - The Fabulous Kay Starr a contract with Capitol Records.
The label had a number of female singers signed up, including Peggy LeeElla Mae MorseJo Staffordand Margaret Whitingso it was hard to find her a niche of her own. In when the American Federation of Musicians was threatening a strike, Capitol wanted to have each of its singers record a back list for future release.
Being junior to all these other artists meant that every song Starr wanted to sing was taken by her rivals on the label, leaving her a list of old songs which nobody else wanted to record. She liked it so much that she wanted to record it. She contacted Roy Acuff 's publishing house in Nashville and spoke to Acuff directly. He was happy to let her record it, but it took a while for her to make clear that she was a singer, not a fiddler, and therefore needed to have some lyrics written.
Acuff came up with a new lyric, and "Bonaparte's Retreat" became her biggest hit up to that point, with close to a million sales.
However, at this time, rock-and-roll was displacing the existing forms of pop music and Kay had only two hits, the aforementioned, which is sometimes considered her attempt to sing rock and roll, and sometimes as a song poking fun at it, " The Rock and Roll Waltz ". Most of Starr's songs had jazz influences.
Like those of Frankie Laine and Johnnie Raythey were sung in a style that anticipated rock and roll songs. These included her hits " Wheel of Fortune " her biggest hit, No.
One of her biggest hits was her version of " Everybody's Waitin' For The Man with the Bag ", a Christmas song that became a holiday favorite. After rock-and-roll swept older performers from the charts, Starr appeared in the television series Club Oasismostly associated with the bandleader Spike Jones. She recorded several jazz and country albums on small independent labels, including How About Thisa album with Count Basie. Her first live album, Live at Freddy'swas released in Starr died on November 3, in Los Angeles at the age of 94 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
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