Davis in a publicity photo by William P. Gottlieb, 8 October 1947
16 March 1924|
|Died||28 October 2011
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||Vocal jazz, big band|
|Associated acts||Oscar Rabin, Django Reinhardt, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, The Four Girls|
Beryl Davis (16 March 1924 – 28 October 2011) was a vocalist who sang with British and American big bands. Her younger sister is Lisa Davis Waltz, a teen actress in the 1950s and 1960s and later, the voice of Anita in Disney's 101 Dalmatians.
Born in Plymouth, England to Harry Lomax Davis and Queenie Davis, she began to sing for the Oscar Rabin Band, co-led by her father and saxophonist Oscar Rabin, at the age of eight, eventually turning professional and singing with, among others, Oscar Rabin, Geraldo, and the Sky Rockets Dance Orchestra. She became popular singing for British and Allied troops during World War II, during which time Glenn Miller discovered her in London, and she sang for the Army Air Force Orchestra. She also performed and recorded with Django Reinhardt in Paris. She moved to Los Angeles after the war with her father's big band, and with Frank Sinatra for one year on Your Hit Parade.
She was part of the Four Girls singing group with Jane Russell, Rhonda Fleming, Della Russell, and Connie Haines. They recorded sixteen singles, and albums which became best sellers. She appeared both in variety shows and films.
She was married to William Mann Moore (aka Peter Potter), disc jockey and host of the 1950s Emmy Winning television show, Jukebox Jury. They had three children, William Bell, Merry Bell, and Melinda Beryl. The marriage ended in divorce.
- I'll Be Seeing You, (Hindsight, 1999)
- Alone Together, (2000)
- I Hear a Dream, (2001)
- Feel the Spirit, (Jasmine, 2008)
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- Jane Russell (2L) on Peter Potter's (L) radio show with Davis (2R) and Connie Haines (R). (Photo by Allan Grant//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)