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Keely Smith

Biography

Queen of golf swing music, known on her behalf jazz vocals and her use her spouse Louis Prima. She released strikes like “I Want YOU LIKE.” She became a specialist singer using the Earl Bennett Band at age group fifteen. She is at the film Hey Boy! Hey Young lady! She was wedded to Louis Prima from 1953 to 1969 and Jimmy Bowen from 1965 to 1969. She and Prima got two daughters called Toni and Luanne. She collaborated with Frank Sinatra.

Quick Facts


Full Name Keely Smith
Date Of Birth March 9, 1932
Place Of Birth Norfolk, VA
Height 1.73 m
Profession Jazz Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Jimmy Bowen, Louis Prima, That Old Black Magic, I've Got You Under My Skin, Someone to Watch Over Me
Children Toni Prima, Luanne Prima, That Old Black Magic, I've Got You Under My Skin, Someone to Watch Over Me
Parents Fanny Stevens, Howard Keely, That Old Black Magic, I've Got You Under My Skin, Someone to Watch Over Me
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, That Old Black Magic, I've Got You Under My Skin, Someone to Watch Over Me
Movies Louis Prima: The Wildest, Hey Boy! Hey Girl!, Thunder Road, Louis Prima & Keely Smith: That Old Magic
TV Shows Unsolved Mysteries
Star Sign Pisces

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#Fact
1 Had a longtime affair with Clint Eastwood.
2 Between her marriages to Louis Prima and Jimmy Bowen, Keely was Indy racing champion A.J. Foyt's girlfriend and appeared at the 1964 Indy 500 with him.
3 Still performing to appreciative audiences. Her May, 2004, run of performances at Feinstein's in Manhattan played to excellent reviews from the news media and standing ovations from her audiences. [May 2004]
4 Still singing in her 70s, she is set to appear at the Cerritos Center in Southern California. [April 2005]
5 Ex-sister-in-law of Leon Prima and Madeline Prima.
6 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
7 Actor Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese are long-time fans of Keely's, and over the years have placed her music in many of their films, both together and separately. These include The Deer Hunter (1978), Raging Bull (1980), Analyze This (1999), That Old Feeling (1997), Big Night (1996) and Mad Dog and Glory (1993).
8 Keely's album "I Wish You Love," a solo debut that confirmed her own star power, received a Grammy nomination and sold over a million copies.
9 Recorded many successful duets with Louis Prima, their best-known hit being "That Ol' Black Magic", which was a top-20 hit in 1958. They also had hits with "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," which was also a hit for The Andrews Sisters in 1937.
10 At age 14, she started singing with a naval air station band led by Saxie Dowell and at 15 received her first paying job with the Earl Bennett Band. She hooked up with Louis Prima's outfit at age 17 and later married him.
11 She and husband Louis Prima were the toast of Las Vegas in the 1950s. She was the sultry, sexy singer who played "straight man" to her husband's wild antics--years before Sonny & Cher did the same thing in their concerts and TV shows.
12 Of part Cherokee heritage, Keely once played the tragic, half-mulatto Julie in a touring version of "Showboat."
13 Her singing idols were Ella Fitzgerald and June Christy.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Term Life 2016 performer: "Hey, Boy! Hey, Girl!"
Call the Midwife 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2014 TV Series 1 episode
House M.D. 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "OH MARIE"
Love Ranch 2010 performer: "My Devotion", "That Lucky Old Sun Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day", "The More I See You", "Don't Blame Me", "What's New?"
How to Make It in America 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Igor 2008 performer: "The Bigger The Figure"
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project 2007 Documentary performer: "When You're Smiling"
We Own the Night 2007 performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody"
The Sopranos 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Take the Lead 2006 performer: "What Is This Thing Called Love"
Sinatra: The Classic Duets 2002 TV Movie documentary performer: "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me" - uncredited
Deuces Wild 2002 performer: "Jingle Bells"
Don't Say a Word 2001 writer: "Fee Fie Foo"
Amy's Orgasm 2001 performer: "Oh Louie Oh Marie"
The Out-of-Towners 1999 performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Blast from the Past 1999 performer: "That Old Black Magic"
California's Gold 1999 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Big Night 1996 performer: "Love of My Life O Sole Mio", "Don't Take Your Love from Me"
Casino 1995 performer: "I'm Confessin' That I Love You"
Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 performer: "That old black magic" - end titles
Cobb 1994 performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Mad Dog and Glory 1993 performer: "That Old Black Magic" 1942
DTV: Golden Oldies 1984 Video performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Raging Bull 1980 performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody" 1915
Hey Boy! Hey Girl! 1959 writer: "Nitey Night"
Thunder Road 1958 performer: "The Whipoorwill"
The Frank Sinatra Show 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mister Roberts 1966 TV Series Kueen Konah
The Red Skelton Hour 1963 TV Series Daisy June
Hey Boy! Hey Girl! 1959 Dorothy Spencer
Senior Prom 1958 Keely Smith - Singer
Thunder Road 1958 Francie Wymore

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Ranch 2010 the producers wish to thank

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Louis Prima: In Person! 2010 Documentary Herself
A Kick in the Head: The Lure of Las Vegas 2010 TV Movie Herself
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project 2007 Documentary Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2007 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2000 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The Rat Pack 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
Louis Prima: The Wildest! 1999 Documentary Herself
Juke Box Saturday Night 1983 TV Movie Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1978-1979 TV Series Herself - Jazz Vocalist
The Merv Griffin Show 1974-1977 TV Series Herself / Herself - Songstress
Donny and Marie 1977 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1968-1969 TV Series Herself
The Dean Martin Show 1966-1968 TV Series Herself
You Don't Say 1966-1967 TV Series Herself
P.D.Q. 1967 TV Series Herself
Mickie Finn's 1966 TV Series Himself
Juke Box Jury 1965 TV Series Herself - Panellist
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1965 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1964 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1959-1964 TV Series Singer / Herself - Singer
The Garry Moore Show 1962-1963 TV Series Herself
The Andy Williams Show 1963 TV Series Herself
Talent Scouts 1962 TV Series Herself
What's My Line? 1962 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1957-1962 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Jack Paar Presents 1960 TV Movie Herself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1960 TV Series Herself
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series Herself - Recipient
The George Gobel Show 1958 TV Series Herself
Universal Special: The Wildest 1958 Short Herself
The Frank Sinatra Show 1958 TV Series Herself
The Big Record 1958 TV Series Herself
Stump the Stars 1947 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Songbook Standards - As Time Goes By 2015 TV Movie
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Real Las Vegas 1996 TV Series documentary Herself
DTV: Golden Oldies 1984 Video Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on September 22, 1998 at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.


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