Al Jarreau, Singer, Dies at 76

Alwin Lopez Jarreau was born in Milwaukee on March 12, 1940, into a musical family. His father, a minister, was a fine singer; his mother played the piano in church. Young Al began singing at 4, harmonizing with his siblings. As a youth he sang in church, as well as with street-corner harmony groups and local jazz bands. NY TIMES OBIT

Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017), better known by his stage name Al Jarreau, was an American singer and musician. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. Jarreau is perhaps best known for his 1981 album Breakin' Away. He also sang the theme song of the late-1980s television series Moonlighting, and was among the performers on the 1985 charity song "We Are the World". WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Watch the official video for "We're In This Love Together" from seven-time Grammy Award winning American vocalist, Al Jarreau.

Armando "Buddy" Greco (August 14, 1926 – January 10, 2017) was an American jazz and pop singer and pianist.

Buddy Greco was born Armando Greco in Philadelphia. His mother introduced him to piano at the age of four. At an early age he was singing and performing on radio and, during his teens, in Philadelphia clubs. When he was 16, he was hired by Benny Goodman and toured worldwide. He spent four years with Goodman's orchestra, singing, playing piano, and arranging. WIKIPEDIA Greco died on January 10, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, aged 90 VIDEO: Few can match the lifelong extraordinary talent of Buddy Greco. His peers have called him a singer's singer and a musician's musician. He has been internationally recognized year after year as one of the top Jazz pianists and vocalists of our time. He has appeared on every major television show and venue in the United States and throughout the world.

He began playing the piano at the age of four. As a child radio personality and gifted pianist he was a performing veteran by the age of 18 when he recorded his first hit 'Oh Look At Her Ain't She Pretty'. It was enough to interest Benny Goodman. Buddy accepted Benny Goodman's offer of a job as pianist, singer/arranger, and traveled the world with the Benny Goodman Band for two years. 
Since then, Buddy has sold millions of records and received gold records for hits such as 'The Lady Is A Tramp', and 'Around The World'. He enjoys rare distinction of having made 65 albums and 100 singles ranging in style from Jazz to Country/Western and Pop music. 

To date, Buddy's particular favourite album is the one he made with the London Symphony Orchestra, which he arranged, conducted and played piano. 'Mac Arthur Park' dedicated to Buddy by it's composer, Jimmy Webb is Buddy's favourite composition and it is his symphonic instrumental which closes each of his shows. 

Buddy has been honoured by his hometown and was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance's 'Walk Of Fame'. He has also gained acclaim for his musicianship and talent in the 'Encyclopedia of Great Jazz Singers and Musicians'. 
Sixty years after he worked for Benny Goodman at the London Palladium and forty years after a Royal Command Performance with The Beatles for the Queen of England, he is still in great demand. He recently concluded a tour that took him to 72 cities performing 72 unforgettable shows, which drew standing ovations to capacity crowds. 

He has produced, with his wife of 15 years, vocalist, Lezlie Anders, a stage show entitled 'FEVER! The Music of Miss Peggy Lee', which has met with critical acclaim, and opens in London's West End in the spring of 2010.

Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016) was an American actress, singer

Her breakout role was the portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. However, it was her first leading role in 1952 at age 19, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain, that set her on the path to fame. By the mid-1950s, she was a major star. Other notable successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Susan Slept Here (1954), Bundle of Joy (1956 Golden Globe nomination), The Catered Affair (1956 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Winner), and Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in which her rendering of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the music charts. In 1959, she released her first pop music album, entitled Debbie. WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: Recorded in 1957 (when Debbie Reynolds was 23 years old) for the film "Tammy and the Bachelor," the song earned her a gold record and was the best-selling single by a female vocalist in 1957. The song spent 23 weeks on the "Top 40" charts. It was number one for five weeks on the Billboard pop charts. The song was nominated for a "Best Song" Academy Award in 1957, but lost to "All The Way" from the film, "The Joker Is Wild."

Francis Makris "Fran" Jeffries (May 18, 1937 – December 15, 2016) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model.

She appeared in the 1963 film The Pink Panther, in which she sang "Meglio Stasera (It Had Better Be Tonight)" while dancing provocatively around a fireplace. She sang the opening song "Shadows of Paris" in the first sequel, A Shot in the Dark, although she was uncredited. Her figure was highlighted, albeit briefly, in a minor role in Sex and the Single Girl. She sang on The Tom Jones Show in 1969 with the host, doing a duet of "You've Got What it Takes" as well as "The Smokey Robinson Show" from the following year, in which she did solo numbers as well as a duet with Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder and the rest of the cast. She was featured in Playboy several years later in 1971 at the age of 33 in a pictorial entitled "Frantastic!" In 1982 she posed a second time for Playboy at the age of 45. This second pictorial was titled "Still Frantastic".

  WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: "Meglio Stasera" known in English as "It Had Better Be Tonight" is a 1963 song with music by Henry Mancini, Italian lyrics by Franco Migliacci and English lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was composed for the 1963 film The Pink Panther where it was performed by Fran Jeffries.

Julius La Rosa (January 2, 1930 – May 12, 2016)



 Julius La Rosa was an Italian-American traditional popular music singer, who worked in both radio and television beginning in the 1950s. La Rosa's third recording, "Eh, Cumpari", hit #1 on the Cash Box chart and #2 on the Billboard chart, with La Rosa getting an award as the best new male vocalist of 1953. "Eh, Cumpari" was followed by another major hit, "Domani." For thirteen weeks during the summer of 1955, La Rosa had a three-times-a-week television series on CBS, The Julius La Rosa Show, featuring Russ Case and his Orchestra. The Julius La Rosa Show aired in an hour-long format in the summers of 1956 and 1957 at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturdays on NBC as a seasonal replacement for The Perry Como Show (Como previously had La Rosa, on occasion, fill in for him during the 1954-'55 season of his CBS series). WIKIPEDIA

Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on his famous father's legacy with his own music career, has died. He was 72.


The Sinatra family said in a statement to The Associated Press that Sinatra died unexpectedly Wednesday of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida....News

Francis Wayne Sinatra (January 10, 1944—March 16, 2016), professionally known as Frank Sinatra, Jr., was an American singer, songwriter and conductor. Frank Jr. son of singer and actor Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra. He is the younger brother of singer and actress Nancy Sinatra, and the older brother of television producer Tina Sinatra....WIKIPEDIA

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Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg (September 20, 1924 – March 10, 2016), known as Gogi Grant, was an American popular singer. She is best known for her No. 1 hit in 1956, "The Wayward Wind".



Although she made albums and appeared on television into the 1960s, Gogi Grant's popularity declined and she initially retired from singing in 1967 after a final US chart single, "The Sea" (top 20 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart). An album of hers was released in UK some 20 years later. Grant survived cancer surgery and was in remission. In 2004, aged 80, she made an appearance on the PBS 1950s pop music special Magic Moments and sang "The Wayward Wind." Grant headlined with The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies in Palm Springs, California. One of her more notable appearances of her later years was with the Follies on December 31, 2006. She was still performing as late as 2013, at the age of 89. In 1959, Grant married attorney Robert Rifkind. The couple had two children. Grant died on March 10, 2016, aged 91. Her death was announced by her son, Joshua Beckett. She also had a daughter, Jeri Brown.

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 VIDEO: Gogi Grant - The Wayward Wind