Jazz singer Keely Smith, best known for hits “That Old Black Magic” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” had died at the age of 89. She had been suffering from heart failure and died on Saturday (December 16th) in Palm Spring, California.
Keely Smith rose to fame alongside her first husband Louis Prima, as a successful Las Vegas lounge act throughout the 1950s. Their song “That Old Black Magic,” won an inaugural Grammy Award in 1959. She filed for divorce from Louis Prima in 1961.
Keely’s solo career began in 1957 with “I Wish You Love” which sold over a million copies. Othe solo albums included “Swingin’ Pretty”, “The Intimate Keely Smith” which was re-released in 2016 and “Keely Sings Sinatra” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2001. In addition to her singing career, Keely Smith appeared in films such as “Hey Boy! Hey Girl!,” “Senior Prom” and “Thunder Road.”
She is survived by her children, Toni Prima and Luanne Prima.
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