HAL DICKINSON, FRANK SINATRA, JOE WILLIAMS, CONNIE FRANCIS, DIONNE WARWICK, GROVER WASHINGTON Jr
The Modernaires [photo, Dickinson top left] , composer, songwriter, producer and singer with the orchestras of Paul Whiteman, Fred Waring, Charlie Barnet, Glenn Miller and Bob Crosby, and also in films, night clubs, and on television. Dickinson married Paula Kelly, singer from Al Donahue's society band. She was also part of the singing group. On Jan. 13, 1941, The Modernaires joined the Glenn Miller band and were usually teamed up with Miller's popular vocalists Ray Eberle, Marion Hutton, and saxophonist/singer Gordon "Tex" Beneke. Throughout the 1950s, the group was also a regular on Bob Crosby's Club 15 television show which aired live, five days per week on the CBS network. They also appeared on the Red Skeleton, Perry Como, and George Goebel shows and Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, among others. [edit ] |
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Frank Sinatra. Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (Death: May 14, 1998) was an American singer and actor.
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Joe Williams death on March 29, 1999, was a well-known jazz vocalist, a baritone singing a mixture of blues, ballads, popular songs, and jazz standards.
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Connie Francis. (born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero) is an American pop singer, and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1950s and 1960s. She is best known for her downbeat ballads delivered in her trademark sobbing, emotive style. In addition to her signature song, "Who's Sorry Now?", her many hits include "Lipstick on Your Collar", "Where the Boys Are", and "Stupid Cupid". She topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on three occasions with "Everybody's Somebody's Fool", "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" and "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You".
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Dionne Warwick. (born December 12, 1940) is an American singer and actress who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health. Best known for her partnership with Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era (1955 - 2009), based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. According to Billboard Magazine, Warwick ranks second only to Aretha Franklin as the most charted female vocalist with 56 singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.
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Grover Washington, Jr. (December 12, 1943 - December 17, 1999) was an American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist. Along with George Benson, John Klemmer, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chuck Mangione, Herb Alpert, and Spyro Gyra, he is considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre. He wrote some of his material and later became an arranger and producer.
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Birthday Spotlight: Nina Mae McKinney - Nina Mae McKinney Nina Mae McKinney (June 13, 1912 – May 3, 1967) was an American actress who worked internationally during the 1930s and in the postwar pe...