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Arthur Prysock

During his prolific 43-year recording career, romantic crooner Arthur Prysock was heard primarily in the company of big bands or string sections. On his nearly 60 albums, mostly for the Old Town label, Prysock found his deep, velvety tones cushioned with violins or brass. His tender music has been a staple of jazz radio in the wee hours of the morning, and of cheek-to-cheek dancing in smoke-filled cocktail lounges.

Arthur Prysock, Jr. was born in South Carolina and raised on a farm in North Carolina. Leaving home at age 16, he landed a job with an aircraft company in Hartford, Connecticut, which lasted until the firm found out he was underage. He then found a job as a cook and, at night, sang with a band around Hartford. “I became the biggest thing up there in a year’s time,” he recalls.

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