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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
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#Fact
1Had a longtime affair with Clint Eastwood.
2Between 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.
3Still 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]
4Still singing in her 70s, she is set to appear at the Cerritos Center in Southern California. [April 2005]
5Ex-sister-in-law of Leon Prima and Madeline Prima.
6She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
7Actor 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).
8Keely'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.
9Recorded 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.
10At 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.
11She 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.
12Of part Cherokee heritage, Keely once played the tragic, half-mulatto Julie in a touring version of "Showboat."
13Her singing idols were Ella Fitzgerald and June Christy.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Term Life2016performer: "Hey, Boy! Hey, Girl!"
Call the Midwife2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2014TV Series 1 episode
House M.D.2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mafia II2010Video Game performer: "OH MARIE"
Love Ranch2010performer: "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 America2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentary performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Igor2008performer: "The Bigger The Figure"
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007Documentary performer: "When You're Smiling"
We Own the Night2007performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody"
The Sopranos2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Take the Lead2006performer: "What Is This Thing Called Love"
Sinatra: The Classic Duets2002TV Movie documentary performer: "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me" - uncredited
Deuces Wild2002performer: "Jingle Bells"
Don't Say a Word2001writer: "Fee Fie Foo"
Amy's Orgasm2001performer: "Oh Louie Oh Marie"
The Out-of-Towners1999performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Blast from the Past1999performer: "That Old Black Magic"
California's Gold1999TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Big Night1996performer: "Love of My Life O Sole Mio", "Don't Take Your Love from Me"
Casino1995performer: "I'm Confessin' That I Love You"
Destiny Turns on the Radio1995performer: "That old black magic" - end titles
Cobb1994performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Mad Dog and Glory1993performer: "That Old Black Magic" 1942
DTV: Golden Oldies1984Video performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Raging Bull1980performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody" 1915
Hey Boy! Hey Girl!1959writer: "Nitey Night"
Thunder Road1958performer: "The Whipoorwill"
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mister Roberts1966TV SeriesKueen Konah
The Red Skelton Hour1963TV SeriesDaisy June
Hey Boy! Hey Girl!1959Dorothy Spencer
Senior Prom1958Keely Smith - Singer
Thunder Road1958Francie Wymore

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Ranch2010the producers wish to thank

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Louis Prima: In Person!2010DocumentaryHerself
A Kick in the Head: The Lure of Las Vegas2010TV MovieHerself
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007DocumentaryHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2000TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
The Rat Pack1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Louis Prima: The Wildest!1999DocumentaryHerself
Juke Box Saturday Night1983TV MovieHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1978-1979TV SeriesHerself - Jazz Vocalist
The Merv Griffin Show1974-1977TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Songstress
Donny and Marie1977TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1968-1969TV SeriesHerself
The Dean Martin Show1966-1968TV SeriesHerself
You Don't Say1966-1967TV SeriesHerself
P.D.Q.1967TV SeriesHerself
Mickie Finn's1966TV SeriesHimself
Juke Box Jury1965TV SeriesHerself - Panellist
The Eamonn Andrews Show1965TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1964TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show1959-1964TV SeriesSinger / Herself - Singer
The Garry Moore Show1962-1963TV SeriesHerself
The Andy Williams Show1963TV SeriesHerself
Talent Scouts1962TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1962TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1957-1962TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Jack Paar Presents1960TV MovieHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHerself
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesHerself - Recipient
The George Gobel Show1958TV SeriesHerself
Universal Special: The Wildest1958ShortHerself
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV SeriesHerself
The Big Record1958TV SeriesHerself
Stump the Stars1947TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Songbook Standards - As Time Goes By2015TV Movie
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Real Las Vegas1996TV Series documentaryHerself
DTV: Golden Oldies1984VideoHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on September 22, 1998 at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.


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