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Marion Montgomery

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Marion Montgomery (November 17, 1934 – July 22, 2002) was a United States born jazz singer who lived in the United Kingdom.

Born Maud Runnells in Natchez, Mississippi, she began her career in Atlanta working clubs, and then in Chicago where singer Peggy Lee heard her on an audition tape and suggested she should be signed up by Capitol Records, releasing three albums for them in the early and mid 1960s. During this early part of her career, she became Marian Montgomery and then later changed the spelling of her first name to Marion, having previously gone by the nickname of Pepe.

In 1965 she came to England to play a season with John Dankworth and met and married English pianist and musical director Laurie Holloway, thus beginning a long and productive association in which they both became very well known to British jazz, cabaret and television audiences. She numbered amongst her admirers Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and British chat show host Michael Parkinson, on whose show she became resident singer in the 1970s. She also famously collaborated with composer and conductor Richard Rodney Bennett for a series of concerts and albums in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Montgomery’s recording of the song “Maybe The Morning” (contained on her 1972 album Marian in the Morning), was used by Radio Luxembourg each evening to close the station in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and again as the final song to be heard on the station when it closed in 1992.

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  • malecool

    Nobody will ever forget the loving look she gave Dudley Moore during the hilarious take they did together.

    2 Jun 2013 Reply

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