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Monday, December 18, 2017

RIP Keely Smith

It's not just because our birthdays coincide that I feel sad at the passing of Keely Smith inasmuch as the knowledge that yet another purveyor of the GASBook has gone. Fortunately, Keely left behind a recorded legacy of the highest standard that bears  comparision with any of her peers past and present.
I first heard her on TV with the wild trumpet player Louis Prima whom she later married. Capital albums with Nelson Riddle and Billy May kept the flame in my heart burning. That flame was reignited this morning when I heard the sad news and again as I listen to Spotlight on Keely Smith part of Capital's Great Ladies of Song series.
Keely died on Saturday (December 16) at the age of 89 although some sources say 85.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

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