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Swing Ladies Swing: Kay Starr

Amanda Wilde

Popular singer Kay Starr was born in Oklahoma and raised in Dallas. In her teens she became a band singer with Joe Venuti and through the 1940s she worked with the bands of Glenn Miller, Bob Crosby and Charlie Barnet. She signed a solo contract with newly formed Capitol records in 1947 and recorded her biggest hits on that label, including 1953s 'Wheel of Fortune,' her first gold record. A powerful and versatile performer, Kay moves through jazz, pop, R&B, and western swing with equal ease. Kay Starr now lives in Bel Air and spoke to KUOW's Amanda Wilde from Southern California.