Singer Beryl Davis Dies
November 1, 2011 by staff
Singer Beryl Davis Dies, British singer Beryl Davis, who sang with Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman, died in Los Angeles at age 87. Family spokesman Greg Purdy told the Los Angeles Times who died Friday from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in Plymouth, she began playing with his father, band leader Harry Davis, at the age of three years. A popular singer during the Second World War, who later became a star in the U.S., after singing at the Bob Hope radio show.
Inspired by American singers, including Ella Fitzgerald, toured Europe before the war broke out, playing with Stephane Grappelli, big band leader Ted Heath and pianist George Shearing.
His career flourished during the war, in part by a contract with the BBC, which emit up to 10 performances a week to the Armed Forces or the World Service.
It was discovered by Glenn Miller and his band sang with the Army Air Force at the end of the war. After his death, decided to travel to the U.S. because, he said, “I wanted to meet Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Helen Forrest.”
At least one of these wishes are granted when he appeared with Sinatra on the radio show Your Hit Parade.
Davis continued to sing in old age, the tuning is the ballad I Be Seeing You, which had been popular among troops serving overseas during the war.
She was married once, Hollywood Radio and television star Peter Potter in 1948, but eventually divorced.
Her partner of 35 years, Buck Stapleton, died in 2003. He is survived by three sons, a sister and two grandchildren.
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