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Evelyn Knight

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Evelyn Knight (December 31, 1917, Reedville, Virginia – September 28, 2007, San Jose, California) was an American singer of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1948, she recorded “A Little Bird Told Me” with the Stardusters, which was #1 for seven weeks and stayed on the charts for five months. Later that year she recorded “Powder Your Face with Sunshine” which also hit #1 and remained on the charts well into the following year.

Knight had another hit with “Buttons and Bows” in 1948, which Bob Hope also sang in the film The Paleface. The song was also recorded by and successful for Dinah Shore. Her list of hits appears below. In 1950, she released “Candy and Cake,” originally sung by Mindy Carson, and “All Dressed Up to Smile” with the Ray Charles singers. In 1951, she recorded a duet with country singer Red Foley called “My Heart Cries for You.” She was among the pioneers of early television with several appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour and a 1951 TV appearance with Abbott & Costello which can be viewed [1].

Born as Evelyn Davis, her career began in high school when she would sing at Washington D.C.’s Station WRC as “Honey Davis” twice a week over NBC for $16 a broadcast. After high school she began singing in such high end Washington D.C. supper clubs as The Claridge Hotel. At the age of 18, she married Washington Post war photographer, Andrew B. Knight, at which time she became professionally known as Evelyn Knight.

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