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Biography

  • Years Active

    1957 – 1964 (7 years)

  • Founded In

    New York, New York, United States

  • Members

    • Annie Ross
    • Dave Lambert
    • Jon Hendricks

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross was a vocalese trio formed by jazz vocalists Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross.

The group formed in 1957, and recorded their first album Sing A Song of Basie for Paramount Records. The album featured versions of Count Basie standards, and was successful enough that the Count Basie Orchestra itself collaborated with them on 1959's Sing Along With Basie. Sing A Song of Basie was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.

In 1959, the trio landed a contract with Columbia Records, for whom they recorded three LPs. Their song "Twisted," featuring Ross's lyrics set to a Wardell Gray melody, was featured in Woody Allen's 1997 film Deconstructing Harry, and has been covered by Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler, among others. Their High Flying won a Grammy for Best Performance By A Vocal Group in 1962. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross were voted Best Vocal Group in the Down Beat Readers Poll from 1959 to 1963.

Annie Ross left the group in 1962, replaced by vocalist Yolande Bavan. The renamed Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan made three live albums before disbanding in 1964. Any hopes of a reunion of the original trio ended with Lambert's 1966 death in a car accident.

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