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Roy Kral: 1921-2002
Roy Kral
Singer, piano, composer

Born: October 10, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: August 2, 2002 in Montclair, New Jersey

Roy Kral, singer and half of famous duo

Copyright © 2002 


Roy Joseph Kral formed one half of the longest-running singing team in jazz. Jackie Cain and Roy Kral began singing together in 1946 (they were married in 1949) and continued to work together until very recently, when Kral's deteriorating health obliged them to reduce their work schedule. They last performed in June.

Kral was a good painist as well as a fine singer, and composed and arranged a great deal of amterial for the duo. He formed his own band as a teenager, and worked with Jackie Cain in saxophonist Charlie Ventura's band in the late 1940s. The success of their partnership in that setting encouraged them to launch what became a very successful duo.

JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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