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.
Full Name Keely Smith
Date Of Birth March 9, 1932
Place Of Birth Norfolk, VA
Height 1.73 m
Profession Jazz Singer
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
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]
Still singing in her 70s, she is set to appear at the Cerritos Center in Southern California. [April 2005]
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.
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.
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.
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.
Of part Cherokee heritage, Keely once played the tragic, half-mulatto Julie in a touring version of "Showboat."