Ross, Annie [Lynch [née Short], Annabelle ]
- Jeffrey Holmes
[Lynch [née Short], Annabelle ]
(b Mitcham, England, July 25, 1930). English jazz vocalist, naturalized American. Active in entertainment from childhood, she signed a six-month contract with MGM after entering a radio talent show. She subsequently appeared alongside Judy Garland in the film Presenting Lily Mars (1943). At age 14 she composed “Let’s Fly,” which was later recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In the late 1940s she became involved in the modern-jazz scene in Paris, where she recorded “Le vent vert” with James Moody. In the 1950s she worked in New York with Max Roach, Tommy Potter, and George Wallington and toured with Lionel Hampton’s all-star band.
Ross was a founding member of the jazz vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, for which she composed such jazz standards as “Twisted.” Beginning with Sing a Song of Basie (1957, ABC-Para.) and continuing until her departure (1962), the group crafted seven groundbreaking albums highlighted by Lambert’s arranging, Hendricks’s deft vocalese, and Ross’s assured dexterity. An ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame inductee in ...