|Legendary Recording Artist Lu Ann Simms|
Lu Ann Simms was born Lu Ann Ciminelli. She grew up in Rochester, N. Y. and in 1952 at the age of nineteen became a regular performing artist on the Arthur Godfrey TV Show on CBS, attaining such celebrity status that Lu Ann Simms dolls became best sellers. However, Godfrey, known for his fikleness and tyrannical escapades, let her go after three years.
She then pursued a solo singing career, under the management of Loring Buzell, nephew of well known New York producer Eddie Buzell. The two married in Manhattan in July of 1955, with Merv Griffin acting as usher and over 1,500 of her fans in attendance.
Lu Ann became a widow when Loring had a heart attack and died at the age of 32, only four years after their wedding, while Lu Ann was pregnant with their second child.
Lu Ann Simms and Mike Clifford were contracted to work as recording studio stand-ins for Annette and Frankie during the early 60s taping of the movie Beach Party. In the film, Simms performs a solo of It's If It's Gonna Happen? After The Party.
After a second marriage that ended in failure, Lu Ann took a long hiatus, when she became a private crusader and participant within alcoholism recovery programs in the Hollywood area.
Then, , at age 45 Lu Ann popped up again in a gay-oriented disco album titled Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes, a compilation of novelty dance tunes, which included an ensemble of various flamboyant characters from the New York City club scene.
Lu Ann died of pancreatic cancer on September 21, 2003. more
Lu Ann Simms
Now and Always
a digitally remastered
2008 CD ALBUM
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