Keely Smith Memorial

Courtesy Keely Records Keely Smith

Details

Sat., Jan. 6, 3 p.m. 2018
Free

Location Info:

Forest Lawn
6300 Forest Lawn Dr.
Los Angeles, CA  90068
323-254-7251
The loss of singer Keely Smith, 89, to heart failure on Dec. 17 was melancholy news indeed. She was a brilliant artist whose forceful, understated ability to stir low-lit ballad embers into emotionally scorching wildfire and launch ebullient, swinging vocal flights was unrivaled. Smith, with cornet-wielding spouse Louis Prima and teen tenor sax prodigy Sam Butera, helped create one of the most gloriously eruptive, blindingly hilarious and artistically breathtaking lounge presentations in modern pop music. Post-Prima, she issued a stunning series of exquisitely crafted solo LPs and then disappeared completely for decades. Her spectacular return, with Butera to 1990s Vegas, earned new generations of fans. It's notable that Smith, always very guarded and circumspect, allowed for this high-profile Forest Lawn public memorial. Expect plenty of salty, swingin' celebration of life action at this affair, a perfect way for blue Keely devotees to shed their still-lingering grief.

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