Keely Smith

American singer (1928-2017)

Keely Smith (born Dorothy Jacqueline Keely, March 9, 1932 — December 16, 2017) was a Grammy Award-winning American jazz and popular music singer. She performed and recorded many times in the 1950s with then-husband Louis Prima, and throughout the 1960s as a solo-artist.

Keely Smith
Keely Smith 1960.jpg
Portrait of Keely Smith, 1960
Background information
Birth nameDorothy Jacqueline Keely
Born(1932-03-09)March 9, 1932
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
DiedDecember 16, 2017(2017-12-16) (aged 85)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
GenresJazz, vocal jazz, pop
Years active1949–2017
LabelsCapitol, Dot
Associated actsLouis Prima

With her former husband Prima, their songs included Johnny Mercer's and Harold Arlen's "That Ol' Black Magic", which was a Top 20 hit in the US in 1958. At the 1st Annual Grammy Awards in 1959, Smith and Prima won the first Grammy for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for "That Ol' Black Magic".[1]

Smith died of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs, California on December 16, 2017 at the age of 85.[2]


  1. Unterberger, Richie. "Keely Smith | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. Iconic vocalist Keely Smith dies from apparent heart failure at 89

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