Keely Smith Has Died

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Keely Smith Has Died

PostMon Dec 18, 2017 5:36 am

The wonderful deadpan singer with Louis Prima also made a few films.

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Re: Keely Smith Has Died

PostMon Dec 18, 2017 6:08 am

She was a Vegas headliner for almost 50 years! What a gorgeous voice! Always in perfect key......
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PostMon Dec 18, 2017 10:22 am

One of her best, "Autumn Leaves."

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Re: Keely Smith Has Died

PostMon Dec 18, 2017 11:24 am

Many, many moons ago (we're probably talking the seventies here), I caught Hey Boy! Hey Girl! (1959), starring Prima and Smith, on the Late Late Show. The movie itself wasn't much, but every time Smith sang, especially "Autumn Leaves," my jaw dropped. Hers was and remains one of the loveliest voices I've ever heard.
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PostMon Dec 18, 2017 12:04 pm

Still have never seen Hey Boy! Hey Girl! (c'mon, get with it, TCM!), but I'm a big fan of Prima, Smith and Butera, and have the Complete Capitol Sessions box set from Bear Family. I've also got Keely's Christmas LP, which I'll be giving a spin, I can't say I know a lot of her solo material. She seemed committed to that hair style though, so she gets bonus points for that.
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Re: Keely Smith Has Died

PostMon Dec 18, 2017 12:58 pm

Saw her perform and met her about 15 years ago. Still in great voice and a very sweet lady.
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PostMon Dec 18, 2017 1:04 pm

s.w.a.c. wrote:Still have never seen Hey Boy! Hey Girl! (c'mon, get with it, TCM!), but I'm a big fan of Prima, Smith and Butera, and have the Complete Capitol Sessions box set from Bear Family. I've also got Keely's Christmas LP, which I'll be giving a spin, I can't say I know a lot of her solo material. She seemed committed to that hair style though, so she gets bonus points for that.


Hey, Boy! Hey Girl! (1959) is an OK film but it documents several of the Prima/Smith numbers and their act, which ruled Las Vegas lounges for many years in the 1950s and 60s. Keely Smith had one of those amazing voices, strong and effortless even in the high notes. Their "That Old Black Magic" number is a classic.
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Re: Keely Smith Has Died

PostMon Dec 18, 2017 2:28 pm

An outfit called THE VIDEO BEAT used to offer HEY BOY! HEY GIRL in a fairly decent copy years ago, I'm not sure if they still do.
As has been stated, the film itself is ok, but the music is really great.
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Re: Keely Smith Has Died

PostMon Dec 18, 2017 7:35 pm

Keely was a terrific gal - down to earth, a great mother and a very cherished friend. I loved her and I'll miss her always.

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