Trudy Richards

Trudy Richards Brief Biography

Gertrude "Trudy" Richards (died 2008) was a Manhattan-born 1950s jazz and swing singer. She originally did background singing, and soon became lead vocalist with the Charlie Barnet band, with whom she recorded such classic songs as Gloomy Sunday, Easy Living and Ill Wind. She was signed by Decca Records as a solo artist, recording such songs as Nashville Blues and Blacksmith Blues with Sy Oliver. She also recorded for Derby Records, MGM Records and Jubilee Records. She was signed as a solo artist on Capitol Records and released the album Crazy In Love! with Billy May's orchestra in 1957. She worked with such musicians as Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, George Barnes, Pete Rugolo, Artie Shaw, and Dave McKenna, and performed at clubs including Freddy's, Jan Wallman's and La Chansonette. Following her marriage to Henri Moreault, she relaunched her career as Trudy Richards Moreau for a second series of albums on such labels as Musicor Records, Black Swan, and Beekman Place. Her recording of Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man was used on The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (soundtrack). She died on April 4, 2008 and was pre-deceased by her son Richard Shore. A CD compilation of her recordings was released in 2016.

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