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Annie Ross (born 1930) is a jazz singer and actress, best known as a member of the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.
Ross is one of the early practitioners of a singing style known as vocalese, which involves the setting of original lyrics to an instrumental jazz solo. Her 1952 treatment of saxophonist Wardell Gray’s “Twisted” is a classic example of vocalese. “Twisted” is perhaps her most famous song.

She recorded seven albums with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross between 1957 and 1962. Annie left the group in 1962 and in 1964 opened her own nightclub in London. Annie’s Room featured performances by such jazz luminaries as Joe Williams, Stuff Smith, Blossom Dearie, Anita O’Day, Jon Hendricks, and Erroll Garner as well as Annie herself.
Ross is also an accomplished actress and has appeared in a number of films: Superman III (1983), Throw Mama From The Train (1987), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Blue Sky (1994), Short Cuts (1993).


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  • djoongo

    It don't mean a thing.

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • AnarchDarkAngel

    Mesmerising voice.

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Sgarre1

    Wonderful voice, great in SHORT CUTS (and BASKET CASE 2 or was it 3?) and, I gotta admit, possibly the damn near most attractive woman I have ever seen when it comes to those photos from the 50's!

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    Annie had a fascinating career. I remember becoming aware of her because for a while there was a club in London under her name. I was then blown away when I discovered her her tracks with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, which put her in the heart of the 1950s jazz scene. Only much later, did I realise she went on to a major career on Broadway. I get a sense of an extremely interesting career - and she was an excellent singer.

    24 Dec 2008 Reply

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