Starr, Kay [Starks, Kathryn La Verne]
[Starks, Kathryn La Verne]
(b Dougherty, nr Sulphur, OK, July 21, 1922; d Los Angeles, Nov 3, 2016). American singer. She grew up in Dallas. At the age of 13 she joined Joe Venuti, with whose band she remained until 1939, when she sang briefly with Glenn Miller and Bob Crosby. She was known initially for her deep-voiced white blues style. Between 1943 and 1945 she performed and recorded with Charlie Barnet, though during the same period she sang at a session led by Wingy Manone (1944) and recorded the track If I could be with you (1945, Cap. 10031) with the Capitol Jazzmen, an all-star group with Bill Coleman, Buster Bailey, Benny Carter, Max Roach, Coleman Hawkins, and Nat ‘King’ Cole among its members. Starr received widespread acclaim from the mid-1940s, singing in a popular style oriented towards country music; she performed on her own television show and recorded as a leader accompanied by Venuti and Barney Bigard (both ...