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Pianist Paul Smith Dies at 91

Worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Dorsey, Steve Allen, many others

Paul Smith

Paul Smith, a pianist and composer primarily known for his work behind singer Ella Fitzgerald, died June 29 in Torrance, Calif., at age 91. The cause was heart failure.

Smith also accompanied the Andrews Sisters, Tommy Dorsey, Les Paul, Bing Crosby, Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Sammy Davis Jr., Pat Boone, Nat King Cole, Dinah Shore and others during his career, which lasted more than 70 years.

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