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.