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Roy Kral Dies

Roy Kral, half of the singing duo known as Jackie and Roy, died Fri., Aug. 2 at his home in Montclair, N.J. He was 80.

Born in Cicero, Ill. on Oct. 10, 1921, Kral began studying piano as a young boy. After serving as an arranger for the Army Band during World War II, Kral moved to Chicago and joined a band called the George Davis Quartet. In 1947, Kral met Jackie Cain, an aspiring jazz singer who had just graduated high school, when Cain was invited to sing with the Davis group. Two years later the two were married.

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