Category: Artist Profiles
Smile Sussex Profiles: Judy Garland

With ‘Wicked’ passing it’s tenth year, we look into the life of Judy Garland who famously played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The story that inspired one of the greatest musicals of all time. Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969)     Described by Fred Astaire as “the greatest entertainer who ever

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Smile Sussex Profiles: Dame Vera Lynn
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Following the Dame Vera Lynn ball earlier this month, we take a look into the legendary singer’s extraordinary history. Dame Vera Lynn, DBE (born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917)   Widely known as “The Forces’ Sweetheart” is an English singer, songwriter and actress whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War. During the war she toured Egypt, India and Burma, giving outdoor

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Smile Sussex Profiles: Harry Connick Jr.

Week 7 jumps straight up-to-date with American musician, singer and actor Harry Connick Jr.   Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. (born September 11, 1967)   Harry Connick Jr. has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales. He has seven top-20 US albums,

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Smile Sussex Profiles: Dean Martin
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A little later than normal, our 6th instalment takes a look at Dean Martin, one of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century. Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) Martin was born in Steubenville, Ohio, to an Italian father, Gaetano, and an Italian-American mother, Angela Crocetti (née Barra). His father was from Montesilvano, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy, and

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Smile Sussex Profiles: Julie London
Week 5.2

Our 5th week sees Julie London and her incredible career as an actress and spectacular jazz/pop singer.   Julie London (September 26, 1926 – October 18, 2000) Julie London was an American jazz and pop singer and actress. She was noted for her smoky, sensual voice and languid demeanor. She released 32 albums of pop and jazz standards during the 1950s and 1960s, with

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Smile Sussex Profiles: Bing Crosby
Week 4.2

Week 4 of Smile Sussex Profiles. This week the artist in question is  much celebrated and beloved performer Big Crosby. Dubbed the ‘eternal crooner’. Harry Lillis ”Bing“ Crosby, Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) Bing Crosby was an American singer and actor. Crosby’s trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. A

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Smile Sussex Profiles: Etta James
Week 3.2

Week 3, Smile Sussex looks into the life and times of female vocalist Etta James. Jamesetta Hawkins (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) Etta James was an American singer-songwriter. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as “The Wallflower”, “At Last”, “Tell Mama”, “Something’s Got

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Smile Sussex Profiles: Tom Jones
Week 2.2

Welcome to the second instalment of Smile Sussex Profiles. This week we look into the incredible singer, Sir Tom Jones.   Sir Thomas John Woodward, OBE (born 7 June 1940) Sir Thomas John Woodward is better known by his stage name Tom Jones, possibly the worlds most famous Welsh singer. He became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the mid-1960s. Since then

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