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Keely Smith
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Sex:F
Age:79
Birth Date:March 9, 1932
Astrology Sign:Pisces
Chinese Sign:Monkey - Yin
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Occupation:Singer

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KEELY SMITH
Keely Smith

Biography:Keely Smith (born March 9, 1928) is an American jazz and popular music singer who enjoyed great popularity in the 1950s and 1960s through her collaborations with Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra, for which she was much admired for her exquisite singing style and her great beauty. In recent years, Smith resumed her career to great popular and critical acclaim.

Keely was born Dorothy Jaqueline Keely in Norfolk, Virginia of part Cherokee descent. She showed a natural aptitude for singing at a very young age. At age fourteen, Smith started singing with a naval air station band led by Saxie Dowell. At fifteen, she got her first paying job with the Earl Bennett band.

Smith made her professional debut with Prima in 1949 (the couple were married in 1953); Smith played the "straight guy" in the duo to Prima's wild antics and they recorded many duets together, Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen's "That Ol' Black Magic" was a Top 20 hit in the US in 1958. Her "dead-pan" act, similar to Virginia O'Brien, was a solid hit with fans. The duo followed up with the minor successes "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen", a revival of the 1937 Andrews Sisters hit.

Smith and Prima's act was a mainstay of the Las Vegas lounge scene for much of the 1950s.

Smith appeared with Prima in the 1959 movie Hey Boy! Hey Girl!, singing "Fever", and also appeared in and sang on the soundtrack of the previous year's Thunder Road. Her song in Thunder Road was "Whiporwhill," remembered as one of her very best. Her first big solo hit was "I Wish You Love".

In 1961, Smith divorced Prima because of his dalliances and physical abuse. She then signed to Reprise Records, where her musical director was Nelson Riddle. In 1965, she had Top 20 hits in the UK with an album of Beatles compositions and a version of "You're Breaking My Heart".

After marrying producer Jimmy Bowen, Smith retired from music to concentrate on raising her children.

In 1985, she made a well-received comeback with "I'm In Love Again" (Verve). Her albums "Swing, Swing, Swing" (2002),"Keely sings Sinatra" (2001-for which she was Grammy nominated.), and "Keely Swings Basie Style with Strings" (2002) have garnered much critical and fan acclaim. Most recently, Smith released "Vegas '58 -- Today," a compilation of her best-known songs, all recorded live. Smith has re-recorded a number of songs from her Prima years, including a modified version of "Oh Marie" which has been renamed "Oh Louis" in tribute.

Now in her 70s, Smith works a light touring schedule but continues to wow fans with her strong voice and natural stage presence.


Chinese Horoscope for Keely Smith
Includes characteristics and Vices
Keely Smith's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 06, 1932 - January 25, 1933
Birthday: March 9, 1932

The Monkey is a Yin,
and is the Ninth sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Characteristics:    
Improvisation
Cunning
Stability
Leadership
Wit
Zeal
Vices:
Deceit
Ruse
Loquacity
Self-Involvement
Silliness
Opportunism


Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Keely Smith's Personality Tarot Card The Hermit - Personality Card

Birthday: March 9, 1932

A time for soul searching and meditation; a need for patience and solitude.


This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Keely Smith's Growth Tarot Card The Tower

Birthday: March 9, 2011

Rigid or imprisioning structures need to be torn down and replaced with the new.

 

 

 

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