Keely Smith, ‘That Old Black Magic’ Singer, Dies @ 89

Keely Smith, the legendary singer who made a name for herself alongside first husband Louis Prima (1910-1978), has died. She was 89.

Prima & Smith in their heyday

According to ExtraTV, Smith was under the care of doctors when she died Saturday in Palm Springs, California, of "apparent heart failure."

Smith was a pro singer from age 15 until her final performance in early 2011.

She won a Grammy the first year they were given out (1959) for "That Old Black Magic," a song she sang at the 2008 Grammys with Kid Rock (b. 1971).

She performed the song at the inauguration of JFK (1917-1963), and it was parodied on Sam & Friends (1955-1961), a precursor of The Muppets (1976-1981), featuring Kermit in a Keely-style black wig.

A Las Vegas regular, Smith was nominated again for a Grammy in 2001 and performed a series of acclaimed concerts in 2005 in NYC.

Smith is survived by her children with Prima, Toni and Luanne.

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