A Taste Of "Sherry!" Marilyn Maye
BEST SOUND AT 480p Try to remember by Marilyn Maye 1967 recorded from the RCA album titled A Taste of Sherry, and played on a Dual turntable through a McIntosh Stereo Marilyn Maye is a cabaret singer.Ella Fitzgerald referred to her as "the greatest white female singer in the world."
Born Marilyn Maye McLaughlin to Lyle (or Kenneth) and Lila (or Lyla) McLaughlin in Wichita, Kansas,April 10, 1928 ), she began her career as a child, competing in amateur contests in Topeka, Kansas, where her father, a pharmacist, owned a drugstore. She was accompanied on piano by her mother, who had named the girl for her own favorite entertainer, musical theater star Marilyn Miller. In 1942, after her parents divorced, she moved with her mother to Des Moines At fourteen, while attending Amos Hiatt Junior High School, she sang for songwriters Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and got her own 15-minute radio show on station KRNT. Another source puts the 13-week show on WIBW (580 AM), followed by a live broadcast from the Jayhawk Theater each Saturday morning for two years  She graduated from East High School and after moving to Chicago, played "every Moose and Elks club in the state of Illinois". Moving then to Kansas City, she came to the attention of Steve Allen, who invited her to appear on his show; shortly thereafter, she signed a recording contract with RCA.
In her career she released seven albums and 34 singles. Her version of "Cabaret" was a hit before it was recorded by other performers, and "Step to the Rear (and Let a Winner Lead the Way)" became Iowa Gov. Robert Ray's campaign theme song.
She appeared on the Tonight Show a record seventy six times, and won a Grammy for "Best New Artist" of 1965  She credits her distinctive, powerful delivery to modeling her performance on male, rather than female singers.
In addition to recordings and regular guest-appearances on television, she worked the nightclub circuit (calling the venues "upholstered sewers"). As supper-club culture declined, she took roles in musical theater, including Can-Can, Mame and Hello, Dolly. Her career regained vigor with a 2006 concert appearance at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall for The Mabel Mercer Foundation.
In 2008, she received a Distinguished Arts Award from the Governor of Kansas. Other honors include the Jazz Heritage Award, the Kansas City Jazz Ambassador's Award of Excellence, the Elder Statesmen of Jazz Award, and lifetime achievement awards from both the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and Kansas City's CODA Jazz Fund, as well as being named an Official Jazz Legend by The American Jazz Museum. She was listed as one of the Best Performers of the Best Compositions of the 20th Century by The Arts Council of The Smithsonian Institution for her recording of Lerner and Lowe¹s composition "Too Late Now."
Maye lives in Overland Park, Kansas.
Jazz / Pop / Stage & Screen / Vocal / Easy Listening