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Died On This Date (February 24, 1994) Dinah Shore / Star of Song & Television

Posted by themusicsover on February 24, 2010

Dinah Shore (Born Frances Shore)
February 29, 1916 – February 24, 1994

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Dinah Shore was a popular jazz and pop singer as well as a familiar face on television for decades.  During Shore’s singing career of the ’40s and ’50s, she was unique in that she performed as a solo artist rather than sing for bands like those fronted by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and such.  During that time she released nearly 100 hits and was a popular attraction at USO shows for the military.  During the ’50s, Shore successfully transitioned over to television, hosting her own variety shows through the early ’90s.  Her Dinah! program of the ’70s played host to such rock figures as David Bowie and Iggy Pop as well as to a notorious appearance by Andy Kauffman’s alter ego, Tony Clifton.  Dinah Shore was 77 when she died of ovarian cancer on February 24, 1994.

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