Christy, June

Christy, June (b. Shirley Luster)

(1925–90) vocalist; born in Springfield, Ill. A singer associated with West Coast jazz, she began with prominent Chicago society bands before joining Stan Kenton's orchestra in 1945. After Kenton disbanded in 1949, she worked as a single and recorded her classic album Something Cool in 1953. She toured occasionally in the U.S.A. and abroad until her retirement in the late 1960s.
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