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Beryl Davis, British Big Band Singer, Dies at 87

Sang with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Sinatra

Beryl Davis, a British vocalist who sang with Frank Sinatra and in the big bands of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller, died Nov. 4 in Los Angeles due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87.

The daughter of British bandleader Harry Davis, Beryl Davis started singing professionally during her childhood and by age 12 she had performed with the guitarist Django Reinhardt. In 1940, Davis was singing with a group that included violinist Stéphane Grappelli and pianist George Shearing when the German air force began its blitz of London. She won the hearts of the British people by refusing to seek shelter, singing live over the BBC even as bombs dropped.

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