first_img Keely Smith: 1928–2017 keely-smith-jazzpop-singer-dies-89 Email Keely Smith: Jazz/Pop Singer Dies At 89 Facebook Twitter News The classic balladeer was known for her GRAMMY-winning duet with Louis Prima, “That Old Black Magic”Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2017 – 4:14 pm Iconic pop/jazz vocalist Keely Smith died in Palm Springs, Calif., on Dec. 16. The Los Angeles Times reports the cause of death was apparent heart failure. She was 89.Best known for the classic 1958 duet version of “That Old Black Magic” with her then-husband Louis Prima, some considered her a “straight man” playing against Prima’s comedic antics. Their act became a top staple of the Las Vegas scene through the 1950s. After she filed for divorce from Prima in 1961, she signed with Reprise, a new label formed by Frank Sinatra, and began working with arranger Nelson Riddle.Smith won a GRAMMY for Best Performance By A Vocal Group Or Chorus for “That Old Black Magic” at the 1st Annual GRAMMY Awards. She was also nominated for “I Wish You Love” in the category Best Vocal Performance, Female that same year. She earned an additional nomination for Keely Sings Sinatra for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 44th GRAMMY Awards.Her iconic status was reinforced performing “That Old Black Magic” at the milestone 50th GRAMMY Awards with Kid Rock.”In a career spanning more than seven decades, Keely was celebrated by fans and critics alike, praised for her powerful vocals,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “Keely will be greatly missed and our sincerest condolences go out to her family, friends and creative collaborators.”Rihanna To Lady Gaga: Rethinking Pop With Women In The CenterRead morelast_img

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