Jazz and pop singer Keely Smith dies at 89

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 18, 2017 14:45 hrs

[USA], Dec 18 (ANI): Grammy winning singer Keely Smith passed away on Saturday of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs, California at the age of 89.

According to a news release from her publicist Bob Merlis, Smith was under a physician's care when she died, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

She began singing with Louis Prima's band while she was still a teenager.

Smith and Prima married in 1953, and together, they won a Grammy in 1959 for their hit 'That Old Black Magic,' which stayed on the charts for 18 weeks.

She was also Grammy-nominated later in life for the 2001 album 'Keely Sings Sinatra.'

Smith established a notable solo career with her milestone recording of 'I Wish You Love' in 1957, produced by Nelson Riddle.

In a career spanning over seven decades, she was lauded by critics for her bold voice. She received several awards including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (ANI)

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