Monday, 16 April 2012

Cloud Nine

It is remiss of me not to record here the passing of Kay Davis, coloratura, on 27 January, 2012 at the age of 91.

I was reminded of her transcendent vocal work when I happened upon a rare film of her singing one of her most famous pieces, On A Turquoise Cloud. The performance comes from a Universal short, Symphony in Swing (1949). The brief passage is embedded in Leonard Feather’s The Duke Ellington Story which I happened upon in one of my frequent blue rambles through the net.

Subsequently I found a little more of the film which is posted here also in tribute to a remarkable lady.

Thank you for Kay Davis.

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