November 24, 2017

Birthday Tribute to June Christy

June Christy would have been 90 this week. As a birthday tribute, I will be performing selected songs from her repertoire this Friday at Barba Yianni.
Born in Springfield, IL, Christy was most famous for being the talented blonde chick singer with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the 1940s and 1950s. She recorded many beloved jazz songs including It Could Happen To You and I Remember You.

I had the honor of being on the same entertainment roster with her during Deco Days here in Chicago. I was in a jazz vocal group called Champagne Edition which opened for the still-lovely Miss Christy. When she took to the stage, it became apparent that alcohol had eroded her health and performing abilities. She died at age 64 from kidney failure. It was a big thrill, nonetheless, to cross paths with such a jazz vocal icon.

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