Big-band jazz singer Chris Connor dies at 81

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - September 4, 2009 Connor, who performed with several big bands and also had an extensive solo career, died of cancer Aug. 29 at Community Medical Center in Toms River, said Lori Muscarelle, her longtime companion and manager.

Connor was known for altering rhythms on ballads, using little vibrato - except on special occasions - and a husky, lush sound heard on hits such as "All About Ronnie," which she performed with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, as well as "Trust in Me" and "About the Blues."

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