Saturday, March 24, 2007

"Silver Bells" Singer Carol Richards Dies, 84

Carol Richards, who sang with Bing Crosby on my all-time favorite Christmas track, "Silver Bells," has died at age 84.

The song's lyricist, Ray Evans, passed away just last month.

The "Silver Bells" recording can be found on Crosby Christmas CDs including WHITE CHRISTMAS (also released on LP as MERRY CHRISTMAS) and THE VOICE OF CHRISTMAS.

Richards, who was sometimes billed as Carole Richards, was also known for dubbing Cyd Charisse's singing voice in BRIGADOON, IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER, and SILK STOCKINGS, as well as Vera-Ellen's singing in CALL ME MADAM.

She retired for marriage and motherhood; she and her husband had a combined 11 children (another source says the total was 15).


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