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Joan Durell: 1929-2000
Joan Durell

Born: July 19, 1929 in Toronto, Canada
Died: December 29, 2000 in Hollywood, California

Big Band Singer

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Joan Durrell was a big band singer. She was born Joan Fry in Toronto, and was a runner-up in the Miss Canada contest in 1949. Her professional career was largely concentrated in the decade of the 1950s. She worked with the orchestras of Art Mooney, Claude Thornhill and Ray Anthony, among others, and appeared at the first Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958.

She married alto saxophonist and band leader Med Flory in 1952, and sang in his bands. She eventually retired from performing in 1960, but returned to the stage for a time in the 1980s, leading her own nine-piece band, Joanie and Her Nighthawks.

She died of Parkinson's disease.

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