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Overview (3)

Born in Dougherty, Oklahoma, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications from Alzheimer's disease)
Birth NameKatherine Laverne Starks

Mini Bio (1)

Kay Starr was born on July 21, 1922 in Dougherty, Oklahoma, USA as Katherine Laverne Starks. She was married to Earl Spencer Callicutt, George Alfred Mellen, Vic Schoen, Harold Solomon (Stanley), Roy E. Davis and Woody Gunther. She died on November 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (6)

Earl Spencer Callicutt (4 August 1962 - 6 August 1964) (divorced)
George Alfred Mellen (2 May 1957 - 28 April 1959) (divorced)
Vic Schoen (18 December 1951 - 18 June 1954) (divorced)
Harold Solomon (Stanley) (13 December 1948 - 7 May 1951) (divorced)
Roy E. Davis (19 January 1946 - 17 June 1947) (divorced) (1 child)
Woody Gunther (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (11)

Native American, who was born on a reservation in Oklahoma.
Rough-voiced (due to a throat ailment) Native American popular singer. At the height of her popularity, during the 1950s, she had two number one hit singles, "Wheel of Fortune" (Capitol: 1952) and "The Rock-and-Roll Waltz" (RCA Victor: 1956).
Married six times and living in Bel-Air, California.
Has a daughter and one grandson.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1716 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Her last big hit was "My Heart Reminds Me" in 1957.
After moving to Dallas, Kay "became a local radio sensation at age 7", subsequently hosting her own 15-minute show twice weekly and earning $3 per performance.
Described herself as a 'hillbilly singer'.
Born to an Irish-American mother and an Iroquois father.
Sang with the orchestras of Charlie Barnet, Bob Crosby and Joe Venuti (in the early 40's), after being a substitute for Marion Hutton with Glenn Miller's band in the summer of 1939.
She made her professional debut at age 7, singing "hillbilly" music for a Dallas radio station.

Personal Quotes (1)

If I have any style, any presence on the stage, I'm sure Joe Venuti is responsible for it. Joe once told me if you're going to make a mistake, make it so loud everybody else sounds wrong, and I really and truly believe that's why I sing so loud.

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