Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bigbandobit: Margaert Whiting

Margaret Whiting, one of the first artists signed to Capitol Records, has died.

Whiting's father, Richard Whiting, was a successful songwriter and it was his connections that landed her her contract: Johnny Mercer had popped round and Whiting took the opportunity for a quick audition.

She toured extensively, singing for the troops in both the Second World and Korean Wars. She continued working into her 80s, both on stage and behind the scenes as a mentor to younger artists.