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Jackie Cain, of Jackie and Roy Duo, Dies at 86

An early proponent of vocalese also noted for her harmony singing

Jackie and Roy
Jackie and Roy

Singer Jackie Cain, whose professional partnership with her husband, Roy Kral-as Jackie and Roy-endured for more than 50 years, died Sept. 15 in her Montclair, N.J., home. A cause of death was not noted, but Cain had been in ill health since suffering a stroke in 2010.

Cain, who turned pro at 17, was working with Jay Burkhart’s band when, in 1947, she sat in on a number being performed by Kral’s band in a Chicago nightclub. The pair teamed up as a duo first, worked with saxophonist Charlie Ventura in 1948-49, then married and broke off on their own in 1949. They remained together as husband and wife and as a musical entity until Kral’s death in 2002.

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