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Gogi Grant

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September 20, 1924 - March 10, 2016 Gogi Grant, one of the premier vocalists of the 1950's and 1960's, died peacefully at home on March 10, 2016, at the age of 91. Her children were at her side. She was born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg in Philadelphia, PA, the eldest of six children in a tightly-knit, loving and loyal family. When she was 12, she and her family moved to California, where she won a teen singing contest and made appearances on TV talent shows. In 1952, she began her recording career, using the name Audrey Brown and later Audrey Grant. A record producer renamed her Gogi. She is best known for her 1956 hit "The Wayward Wind" and providing the vocals for the film the Helen Morgan Story. She also had a devoted following of fans who packed the night clubs and theaters where she performed and purchased her 15 albums during a busy career. She took a 20 year hiatus to raise her son, but returned to rave reviews reflecting that her absence had no diminished effect on her artistry. Gogi was an elegant performer who sang with an unmatched purity of tone and emotion. She was often referred to as "an American Piaf." Gogi was a beautiful, kind, thoughtful, generous human being who was deeply loved and will be missed by many. She is survived by her daughter Jeri Brown, her son Joshua Beckett and daughter-in-law Jennifer Beckett, and her granddaughters, Tina and Dalia.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 13, 2016
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