Margaret Whiting

Margaret Whiting (July 22, 1924 — January 10, 2011) was a singer of American popular music and country music who first made her reputation during the 1940s and 1950s. She was born in Detroit and her family moved to Los Angeles in 1929. The sweet-voiced big band singer of sentimental ballads such as "Moonlight in Vermont" and "It Might As Well Be Spring" died in New Jersey. Margaret Whiting was 86. Whiting sold millions of records in the 1940s and '50s. She died Monday, 11 January 2011, at an entertainers retirement home in Englewood, N.J. She had lived in New York City for many years before moving to the home in March. Whiting grew up with the music business. She was the daughter of Richard Whiting, a prolific composer of such hits as "My Ideal," "Sleepy Time Gal" and "Beyond the Blue Horizon." Her family's California home was a gathering place for such songwriters as George and Ira Gershwin, Frank Loesser, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.

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Vic Damone loved the art, not the biz

As a general rule, it’s wise not to expect modesty from a celebrity autobiography, but there it is, right up front in Vic Damone’s book Singing Was the Easy Part. MORE
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    Gloria Estefan to retire from singing at age 51

    Grammy winning American singer Gloria Estefan has announced that her upcoming Latin America tour will be her last. "It is an end to something that began many years ago, in 1975, and it is a dream to be able to do it in Latin America," the singer said. "These will be the last concerts I do, afterwards I want to focus on my daughter, who is going to high school, and continue working in other areas." The 52-year-old veteran singer announced last year that she would be cutting back the amount of time she spends on tour in order to focus on spending time with her 14-year-old daughter, Emily Marie. However she insists that she she won't be bored with life at home because she has numerous other projects in her kitty, the Contactmusic.Com reported. "We have eight restaurants, three hotels; I am working on a third book and on films," the singer said. Estefan's final tour starts from April 9. She will perform in Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Peru. Her final performance is scheduled for April 23 in Ecuador.
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    John Barry Biography

    THE great film music of Oscar-winning composer John Barry has long been admired by Derby banker Gareth Bramley. "The first Barry record I purchased was the Persuaders TV theme single which I bought from Selectadisc in Nottingham in the mid-1970s – and from that moment I was a fan," says Gareth. John Barry, best known for his music for the James Bond films, has also composed classic scores for movies such as Dances With Wolves and Out of Africa.
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    WTIC Radio remembers Ray Conniff Choral Conductor

    Ray recalls his early days in Boston playing trombone with the Society Bands, including Dan Murphy’s Musical Skippers, performing in New York with Bunny Berrigan, Artie Shaw, and Bob Crosby and his eventual glory years at Columbia records...
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    birth anniversary conductor Ray Conniff

    November 6, 2008... Ray would have been 92. In order to commemorate his birthday, watch YOUtube and sing along.
    Joseph Raymond Conniff (November 6, 1916 - October 12, 2002) was an American musician. He was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and learned to play the trombone from his father. He studied music arranging from a course book.
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    Ray Ellis, conductor, has died

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