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Kay Starr
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Kay Starr

Kay Starr (born July 21, 1922) is an American jazz and popular singer.

She was born Katherine Laverne Starks in Dougherty, Oklahoma. Her father was a full-blooded Iroquois Indian. She began to sing at the age of seven on a Dallas radio station. Her family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and she continued performing on the radio, singing Western swing music. At the age of fifteen, she was chosen to sing with the Joe Venuti orchestra. Although she had brief stints with Bob Crosby and Glenn Miller (who hired her in 1939 when his regular singer, Marion Hutton, was sick), she spent most of her next few years with Venuti, until he dissolved his band in 1942.

From 1943 to 1945 she sang with Charlie Barnet's band, and in 1947 signed a solo contract with Capitol Records. In 1955, she signed with RCA Victor Records.

Most of her songs have jazz influences, and, like Frankie Laine and Johnnie Ray, are sung in a style that sound decidedly close to the rock and roll songs that follow. These include her smash hits "Wheel of Fortune" (her biggest hit, #1 for 10 weeks), "Side by Side", "The Man Upstairs" and "Rock and Roll Waltz".

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