Celebrity News

Keely Smith, Legendary Singer, Dead at 89

Keely Smith, Legendary Singer, Dead at 89
Getty Images

Keely Smith, a singer famous for her solo hits and many recordings with first husband Louis Prima in the '40s and '50s, has died.

According to a press release from Keely Records, Smith was 89 and under the care of doctors when she passed away from "apparent heart failure" in Palm Springs Saturday.

fanpix-1341866481
Head shot
A signed photo of Smith & Prima from the '50s

Singing professionally from the time she was 15, Smith won a Grammy for "That Old Black Magic" in 1959, the award show's inaugural year. Memorably, Smith sang the same song in 2008 on the Grammys with Kid Rock.

GettyImages-79697725
Getty Images
Smith rocked with Kid Rock in 2008.

Before Smith retired in 2011, she told Theatermania, "Nobody will ever interfere with what I do on stage. Someone might have an opinion of something but, if I disagree with it, I’ll go with my own thinking. I’m just a plain person. I sing like I talk — and, when I’m onstage, I talk just like I’m talking to you."

Memorial services are pending.

Comments