Singer and actress Helen Grayco dies at 97

Helen Grayco, the wife of bandleader Spike Jones, died Saturday at the age of 97.

The musical artist and performer held a storied background with many connections in Hollywood.

Her influence

“Though very little known among anyone born after the baby boomer generation, she was the wife of legendary comic bandleader Spike Jones, and the mother of Lucasfilm engineer Leslie Anne Jones and live television producer Spike Jones, Jr.” write Jesse Coffey reported.

She appeared with her husband on his television show and made guest appearances in other venues after his death, last appearing on a 1968 episode of NBC’s Dean Martin show before she retired to New York and then Los Angeles with her second husband, Bill Rosen, who died in 2002,” he added.

Her background

“By the age of eight, Helen Greco β€” she later changed it β€” was already a singing star on radio in Tacoma, Washington β€” the city of her birth. A few years later, Bing Crosby discovered her and she relocated to Hollywood where she had small parts in a number of movies including A Night at the Opera,” Mark Evanier reported.

“She toured with many of the top bands of the day including Red Nichols’ and Stan Kenton’s but is best remembered for her long association with Spike Jones. She performed on his records, tours, radio programs and TV shows…and they married in 1948,” he added.

Grayco remarried in 1968 and mostly left acting after that time.

She was known as the voice of many classic songs, including the 1955 “Love and Marriage.”

Her loss marks the end of an era and reminds of a past time when her life deeply impacted society through her music and films.

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