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Remembering Margaret Whiting

Margaret Whiting, one of the most popular and distinctive voices of American popular song died Monday at the Actors’ Fund Home in Englewood, N.J. She was 86 years old. Whiting introduced such standards as “That Old Black Magic” and “Moonlight in Vermont.”

Whiting was born into musical royalty. Her father was composer Richard Whiting, who wrote the music for a number of pop hits including “Hooray For Hollywood” and “On The Good Ship Lollipop.” Her home became the royal court for some of the biggest songwriters of the 20th century — Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen. To her, Jerome Kern was “Uncle Jerry.”

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