Lucy Ann Polk (May 16, 1927 – October 10, 2011) was an American jazz singer who performed with Les Brown's orchestra in the 1950s. She also sang and recorded with Bob Crosby, Kay Kyser, Tommy Dorsey, and Dave Pell. From 1952–1954, she was named Best Girl Singer with Band by Down Beat magazine.
Lucy Ann began her music career in Los Angeles with her sister and brothers in a quartet named the Four Polks, which was eventually changed to the Town Criers. They performed with big bands led by Les Brown, Lionel Hampton, and Kay Kyser until they disbanded in 1948.
I've just purchased three of Lucy Ann's CD albums (formerly vinyls) for a Christmas gift for my mother.
Why, you ask?
Well, I've just learned that Lucy Ann was one of my relatives. I wish I had known this much earlier, as I could have visited her in LA on many occasions if I'd have only known. Lucy Ann's mother was a sister of my paternal grandfather.
I vaguely remember visiting one of Lucy Ann's siblings with my parents when my Dad was in a six-week stint with the Naval Reserves in Long Beach, CA in the summer of 1963. I was almost six years old at the time, and don't remember much else.
I'm glad that Lucy Ann has left some recordings of her music, as a legacy of her artistry. I hope to do the same with my music.
As for the contest, we're into the final stages. We have 30 wonderful contestents now. The "deadline" for registering is Nov. 30th, but it's not that important if anyone's late. The "deadline" for posting your video is Dec. 31st, and there could be a grace period if anyone's late, but not too late, if you know what I mean. We don't need to see your recordings before Dec. 31st, so there's no need to send me your links way earlier than that.
Blessings on you as you prepare your recordings!