Annie Ross, a British singer who became globally famous with a jazz vocal trio Lambert, Hendrick and Ross and had a varied acting career, died at the age of 89 in her home in New York City.
She died of emphysema and heart disease, her manager, Jim Coleman, confirmed.
Ross was four years old when Ross was four years old, Ross was born in 1930 as Annabel Short, with Scottish vaudeville artists John and Mary Short. She went on to live with her musical-theater star aunt, Ella Logan, and quickly earned childhood acting roles, including an appearance with Judy Garland in 1943’s Presenting Lily Mars. “They used to call me Scottish Shirley Temple,” he later recalled.
After a spell in Europe, she settled in New York, where she began recording songs as a single and trio with Dave Lambert and John Hendrick. She was a proponent of singing, a singing style where the vocal line matches the melody of a jazz improvisation. A prime example is his 1959 album Singer with Bassi, in collaboration with Count Basie’s Jazz Orchestra, which was later awarded the 1998 Grammy Award. The trio recorded seven albums, including the 1962 collaboration with The Real Ambassadors Lewis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck. .
Ross’ solo vocal song Twisted was a hit in 1952, and was covered by Joni Mitchell for her albums Court and Spark, as well as by Bette Midler. He also collaborated with trumpeter-singer Chet Baker and others.
He left the trio and New York to kill a heroin addiction, saying: “I knew I could die if I came back to America.” She opened a nightclub in London, where Nina Simone was among the cast, and returned to acting after being declared bankrupt. Along with a role in Superman III, Throw Mama and Alfie’s sequel Alfie Darling by Train, he also voiced speaking for Brit Ekland in The Wicker Man. He also continued to sing in theaters and nightclubs.
Robert Altman cast him in his acclaimed 1993 film Short Cuts, saying: “I heard him sing at my house after dinner, and I was struck by his passion for music. She hears a whole band inside her head. “He also cast her in The Player last year.
In 1949, when his career was coming to an end, he had an affair with jazz drummer Kenny Clarke, and they gave birth to a son, who was cared for by Clarke’s family. He also had a brief relationship with comedian Lenny Bruce – adding that Bruce would “write ‘I love you’ on a sick bag of an airplane and mail it to me”. She married actor Sean Lynch in 1963, divorcing the pair in 1975.