This one hurts. The one and only Kay Starr, a master of pop, jazz and country, and a personal favorite of Billie Holiday's and Patsy Cline's, has officially left the ranch.
"I am a firm believer," she once said, "that a singer is no more than an actor or an actress set to music."
Celebrate her flat-out fabulous performances in the collections below ("Back To The Roots" is an absolute must), and by all means, explore here, 'cause Kay and I go way back, and I'll be sure to post more. And thanks to the anonymous commenter who tipped me off to this. I don't know how I missed it. Pardon me while I reach for a hanky. There's something in my eye. Allergies. Yes, that must be it.