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Jill Corey (Norma Jean Speranza)

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Avonmore, Pennsylvania, USA
The Dave Garroway show auditioned for female singers and there was a premium on time and studio space. There was no piano and Skitch Henderson, the music director, had to accompany the young hopefuls on a celeste, and instrument, which despite its similarity to a piano is very difficult to sing with. Jill was very nervous during the hustle and bustle of all this, but Garroway reassured her and she won the audition. Jill was raised by an older sister after her mother had died and then began singing with a small band which played in towns near Avonmore for $5. Read more...

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