Jackie Cain

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Jackie Cain
Jackie & Roy.jpg
Jackie Cain and Roy Kral at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay, California, 1982
Background information
Birth nameJacqueline Ruth Cain
Born(1928-05-22)May 22, 1928
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedSeptember 15, 2014(2014-09-15) (aged 86)
Montclair, New Jersey
GenresJazz, vocal jazz
Years active1947–2007
Associated actsJackie and Roy

Jacqueline Ruth "Jackie" Cain (May 22, 1928 – September 15, 2014) was an American jazz singer known for her partnership with her husband in the duo Jackie and Roy. She was the sister-in-law of singer Irene Kral.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cain was the daughter of an office furniture salesman who also managed a community theater. After her parents' divorce, she and her mother, who took a job with a photo-imaging company, moved to a rooming house. Cain first became interested in music through listening to the radio and performing in the chorus at her elementary school. While in high school she performed in an a cappella chorus during the school day and began performing on a children's radio show and with a band organized by a local music store in Milwaukee.[1]

At the age of 17, Cain accepted her first full-time job in music as a singer with Jay Burkhart's band.[2] In 1947, at the age of 19, she was introduced to Roy Kral by Bob Anderson, a fellow member of the Burkhart band. The couple soon began performing together in clubs in Chicago, and in 1949 they married. They recorded nearly forty albums for multiple record labels, including Columbia and Verve.[1]

Cain died at her home in Montclair, New Jersey, in September 2014 of complications from a stroke she had in 2010.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Douglas Martin of The New York Times called Jackie and Roy "the most famous vocal duo in jazz history".[1]



With others


  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, sixth edition, London, Penguin, 2002


  1. ^ a b c Douglas Martin (September 18, 2014). "Jackie Cain, of the Jazz Duo Jackie and Roy, Dies at 86". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "Jackie Cain". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Jackie Cain dies at 86; part of the jazz duo Jackie and Roy". latimes.com. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  4. ^ "George Davis Quartet Vocal By Jackie Cain - Jubilee / I Only Have Eyes For You". Discogs. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Jackie Cain | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 April 2017.