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R to L: Liz Taylor And Eddie Fisher

Date taken: 1961

 

Photographer: James Whitmore

 

Life Images

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Harry Belafonte        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/
arts/harry-belafonte-archives-schomburg.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/
books/review/my-song-by-harry-belafonte-with-michael-shnayerson-book-review.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2011/10/12/
141243628/harry-belafonte-out-of-struggle-a-beautiful-voice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roy C. Bennett (born Israel Brodsky)    USA    1918-2015

 

Roy C. Bennett, (...)

with his partner, Sid Tepper,

wrote songs that were recorded

by a wide roster

of midcentury pop singers,

including the titles

“Red Roses for a Blue Lady,”

“Kiss of Fire”

and “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/13/arts/music/roy-c-bennett-part-of-midcentury-songwriting-duo-dies-at-96.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/13/
arts/music/roy-c-bennett-part-of-midcentury-songwriting-duo-dies-at-96.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sidney Tepper        USA        1918-2015

 

half of a songwriting team

whose ballads, pop tunes

and novelty numbers

were recorded by the musical stars

of the 1940s and 1950s

and live on

in Elvis Presley movies

and elevators  around the world

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/30/
arts/sid-tepper-dies-at-96-delivered-red-roses-for-a-blue-lady-and-other-songs.html 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/30/
arts/sid-tepper-dies-at-96-delivered-red-roses-for-a-blue-lady-and-other-songs.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Russell Mann        USA        1928-2014

 

 

 

 Johnny Mann, center,

with Regis Philbin, left, and Joey Bishop.

 

Photograph: ABC, via Everett

 

Johnny Mann, Leader of Easy-Listening Singers, Dies at 85

NYT

JUNE 24, 2014

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/
arts/music/johnny-mann-leader-of-easy-listening-singers-dies-at-85.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnny Mann (...)

won two Grammy Awards

as leader

of the clean-cut easy-listening

vocal group

the Johnny Mann Singers

 

(...)

 

With their gently

driven rhythms

and tightly controlled harmonies,

Eisenhower-era hairdos

and neatly natty attire,

the Johnny Mann Singers

were well scrubbed

and tone perfect,

recording more than 30 albums

of college songs, Christmas songs,

patriotic songs, Beatles songs

and familiar tunes

spanning several musical eras,

from “Ol’ Man River”

to “Chattanooga Choo Choo”

to “Don’t Think Twice,

It’s All Right”

and “Mrs. Robinson.”

 

Along with Lawrence Welk,

Mitch Miller, Ray Conniff

and other bandleaders

who offered

popular melodies

in palatable

choral arrangements,

Mr. Mann helped

define a musical genre

that was potently

counter-countercultural.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/
arts/music/johnny-mann-leader-of-easy-listening-singers-dies-at-85.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/
arts/music/johnny-mann-leader-of-easy-listening-singers-dies-at-85.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Vale (born Genaro Louis Vitaliano)        USA        1930-2014

 

pop crooner known for

his velvety voice

and the classic love songs

he recorded in the 1950s

and early ’60s

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/19/arts/music/jerry-vale-crooned-smoothly-of-love-is-dead-at-83.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/19/
arts/music/jerry-vale-crooned-smoothly-of-love-is-dead-at-83.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Andrews Sisters > Patty Andrews        USA    1920-2013

 

singer and youngest member

of the Andrews Sisters trio

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jan/31/patti-andrews

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jan/31/
patti-andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patti Page (born Clara Ann Fowler)        USA        1927-2013

 

apple-cheeked,

honey-voiced alto

whose sentimental, soothing,

sometimes silly hits

like “Tennessee Waltz,”

“Old Cape Cod”

and “(How Much Is)

That Doggie

in the Window”

made her one

of the most successful

pop singers of the 1950s

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/arts/music/patti-page-singer-dies-at-85.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/
arts/music/patti-page-singer-dies-at-85.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jan/02/
patti-page-tennessee-waltz-dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard Andrew Williams / Andy Williams        USA        1927-2012

 

affable, boyishly handsome crooner

who defined both easy listening

and wholesome, easygoing charm

for many American pop music fans

in the 1960s, most notably

with his signature song,

“Moon River”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/arts/music/andy-williams-crooner-of-moon-river-dies-at-84.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/arts/music/
andy-williams-crooner-of-moon-river-dies-at-84.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorothy McGuire        USA        1928-2012

 

(she) reached the top

of the pop charts in the 1950s

with the McGuire Sisters,

one of the era’s most popular

vocal groups,

and continued to harmonize

with her two sisters

on and off

for another 50 years

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/arts/music/dorothy-mcguire-of-the-singing-sister-act-dies-at-84.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/arts/music/
dorothy-mcguire-of-the-singing-sister-act-dies-at-84.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerome Leiber        USA        1933-2011

 

with his partner, Mike Stoller,

he wrote some of the most

enduring classics

in the history of rock ’n’ roll,

including “Hound Dog,”

“Yakety Yak,” “Stand By Me”

and “On Broadway”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/arts/music/jerry-leiber-rock-n-roll-lyricist-dies-at-78.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/
arts/music/jerry-leiber-rock-n-roll-lyricist-dies-at-78.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edwin Jack Fisher        USA        1928-2010

 

Fisher's clear dramatic

singing voice

brought him

a devoted following

of teenage girls

in the early 1950s.

 

He sold millions of records

with 32 hit songs including

"Thinking of You,"

''Any Time,"

''Oh, My Pa-pa,"

''I'm Yours,"

''Wish You Were Here,"

''Lady of Spain"

and "Count Your Blessings."

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/25/arts/25fisher.html

 

http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/obit/2010-09-24-eddie-fisher_N.htm

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/sep/24/eddie-fisher-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Sinatra        USA        1915-1998

 

singer and actor

whose extraordinary voice

elevated popular song

into an art

https://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/1212.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/1212.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sammy Davis Jr. (born Samuel George Davis, Jr.)        USA        1925-1990

 

 

 

RatPac Press & Running Press (The Perseus Books Group)

 

Rat Pack's Sammy Davis Jr. Lives On Through Daughter's Stories

NPR        May 08, 2014        12:57 PM ET

https://www.npr.org/2014/05/08/
310700493/rat-packs-sammy-davis-jr-lives-on-through-daughters-stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In his own words,

Sammy Davis, Jr. was

"the only black, Puerto Rican,

one-eyed, Jewish entertainer

in the world."

 

His daughter, Tracey Davis,

shares memories and details

of his life in her new book,

Sammy Davis Jr.:

A Personal Journey

with My Father.

 

It's based on conversations

Davis had with her father

as he battled throat cancer

near the end of his life.

 

He described his start

in vaudeville at 3 years old

where he was billed

as an adult midget.

 

"He didn't have

the traditional family life,"

Davis tells NPR's

Celeste Headlee.

 

"He was always

working, working, working,

and trying to become famous."

 

She says

that even after making it,

"he was scared

that it could be taken away

at any minute."

 

Sammy Davis Jr. was frank

about the racial prejudice

that he suffered both

during his army service

and his time in show business.

 

It also shadowed his family life.

 

He married

Swede May Britt Wilkens in 1960

— a time when interracial marriage

was forbidden by law in 31 states.

 

They both

converted to Judaism.

 

As his daughter grew up,

she remembers

"there [were] times

that a swastika

was painted somewhere

or the N-word

was written on a car."

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/08/
310700493/rat-packs-sammy-davis-jr-lives-on-through-daughters-stories

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/national/unpublished-black-history/
frank-sinatra-sammy-davis-jr-perform

 

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/08/
310700493/rat-packs-sammy-davis-jr-lives-on-through-daughters-stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dion and the Belmonts        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/07/
arts/music/carlo-mastrangelo-a-doo-wop-voice-for-dion-and-the-belmonts-dies-at-78.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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