As a teenager of the 1950s, singer Ann Richards fell in love from afar with the Toscanini of big-band jazz, Stan Kenton. He was 6-foot-4, silver-haired and old enough to be her father; she was a raven-haired bombshell, voluptuously endowed both physically and vocally.
Her goal of meeting him paid off spectacularly. He hired her to sing with his orchestra in 1954, and the next year he married her. In 1961 came the Capitol album Two Much!, on whose cover they stand side by side. Kenton dismissed skeptics: “Of all the singers we’ve had with the band,” he declared, “she’s the best musician.”