The Lives of Dead Jazz Singers: Kay Starr

1 02 2009

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Kay Starr Biography

YouTube – Kay Starr – If You Love Me, Really Love Me (1954)

THE LIVES OF DEAD JAZZ SINGERS

Kay Starr

born…………………………………………..father Iroquois

…………………………………………………mother Cherokee, Choctaw and Irish

discovered………………………………….in a coop

…………………..serenading…………chickens

offered…………a radio program…………..15 minutes 3 times per week

…………..paid……………………..chicken feed

toured………………the mid-west

………..Canada……………………….with her mother

……….who posed……………………as her sister

worked into………..exhaustion

………………………..pneumonia

6 months…………..without singing……………..without speaking

in the despair………of silence

a new voice was born.

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b. Katherine Laverne Starks in 1922. Later changed her name to Starr. Father was Native. Mother was mixed. Some Irish. Her mother raised chickens. Kay serenaded them in their coop. What a sweet voice she has. Chickens laid a lot of eggs. Everything came out so smooth. Her aunt arranged for her to sing on a Dallas radio station. A little kid and that big mike. She soon had her own show. Moved to Tennessee. At 15 she was singing with the Joe Venuti orchestra. Became a star. Her voice warbling across the airways in the mid-west. Moved to different bands. Retired for a year. Nodes on her vocal cords. Lost her voice. Did not speak or sing for six months. Sang with her hands. Returned with a deeper huskier voice. They called it her Trademark.