Gloria Lynne, Singer of ‘I Want You Enjoy,’ Dies at 83

October 19th, 2013

Gloria Lynne, a jazz diva who climbed onto the pop charts with her recording of “I Desire You Enjoy” in 1964 and continued singing for a lot more than fifty percent a century even in the experience of poverty, died on Oct. 8 in Newark. She was eighty three.

The result in was coronary heart failure, stated her son, P. J. Allen.

Throughout her prolonged career, Ms. Lynne’s resonant contralto was listened to on more than 25 albums. She executed with Ray Charles and Johnny Mathis and toured with Ella Fitzgerald.

She started recording for Everest Information in 1958, and 6 a long time later on her rendition of “I Wish You Enjoy,” the English-language variation of a French tune recorded in 1942 by Charles Trenet, became her most enduring strike. A lament accompanied by a lush string arrangement, it peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard Very hot 100. Ms. Lynne afterwards explained that she realized the tune the evening just before recording it.

“I discovered it overnight, and I genuinely was not too happy with it,” she said in an job interview for an oral historical past of the Apollo Theater in 2009. “And they stated, ‘This is likely to be the one.’ And I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ ”

Ms. Lynne turned well-liked enough to show up on Harry Belafonte’s network tv specific “The Strolling ’20s” in 1966, and many of her documents bought nicely. But she stated she obtained practically no royalties from report income, only more bookings. Her popularity waned as tastes shifted in the nineteen seventies, and she had to supplement her earnings by getting short term work. For a whilst she was homeless.

“They say, ‘Well, if you weren’t getting paid out, why did you carry on to sing?’ ” she stated. “I could not throw away what present I had due to the fact of the cash.”

“From My Heart to Yours,” her very last studio album, was introduced in 2007.

Gloria Mia Wilson was born in Harlem to John and Mary Wilson on Nov. 23, 1929. (Some resources checklist her beginning 12 months as 1931.) She sang in church choirs, was briefly skilled for opera and attended live shows at the Apollo although developing up. At fifteen she sneaked out of her residence and lied about her age to contend in the beginner night contest there. She gained, she said, and was smacked by her mom for lying about it.

Following taking up with a gentleman named Harry Alleyne, she began making use of his last identify. When she carried out at regional golf equipment, announcers stumbled more than her surname so often that they began shortening it to Lynne.

She also recorded demos of new music for Dinah Washington and other individuals to hear just before recording their very own versions. The composer and bandleader Raymond Scott heard a single of these demos and helped Ms. Lynne signal with Everest.

She and Mr. Alleyne divorced in 1968.

Apart from her son, Ms. Lynne, who lived in East Orange, N.J., is survived by a brother, John Wilson.

Her last performance was at the Manhattan nightclub 54 Beneath in August. It provided “I Want You Enjoy.”

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