Singer Beryl Davis Dies – British-born big band singer Beryl Davis, who made her U.S. debut on Bob Hope’s radio show and later performed with Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman, has died in Los Angeles at 87.
Family spokesman Greg Purdy tells the Los Angeles Times she passed away Friday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87 years old when she died.
She was daughter of British band leader Harry Davis. During World War II, she sang with Stephane Grappelli and pianist George Shearing in a group that performed in London clubs throughout the Blitz. She sang with Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band near the end of the war.
After Hope’s radio show, Beryl Davis appeared with Sinatra on the “Your Hit Parade” radio show.
In the 1950s, she was part of “The Four Girls” singing group, with Jane Russell, Rhonda Fleming, and Connie Haines. They recorded sixteen singles, and albums that became best sellers. In 1974, Davis joined the cruise ship circuit, performing mostly on the Princess Line for the next three decades
Her companion of 35 years, Buck Stapleton, died in 2003. She is survived by three children, Bill Moore, Merry Moore and Melinda Moore Garber; a sister; and two grandchildren. Her funeral will take place on Friday (04Nov11) at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.