Bev Kelly

Kelly, Bev (Beverly Wolfe Kelly), vocalist, composer, vocal coach; b. Rittman, Ohio, 18 June 1934. She grew up in Troy, Ohio. Her father was Donald W. Wolfe, (1914-1984) and her mother was Dora Ruble Wolfe, (1915-1983). Her brother is Bill, b. 1938. At the age of five, she began studying classical piano, which she continued through high school.

At age fourteen, she began studying classical voice, which culminated into a four-year vocal scholarship at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. While at the Conservatory, Bev began her professional singing career with the Teddy Raymore Trio. The trio performed not only jazz, but comedy, show tunes and popular music, an invaluable learning experience, giving Bev a solid background in show business.

After the birth of her first son, Greg in 1954, Bev teamed up with gifted pianist, Pat Moran. After the successful duo was featured on Steve Allen's Tonight Show, they moved to Chicago and added drummer Johnny Whited and bassist John Doling, to become the Pat Moran Trio featuring Bev Kelly. The trio plus Bev also sang four-part harmony.

While on a record promoting tour in 1960, Bev was in an automobile accident in Northern California. After recuperating, she began singing at the Coffee Gallery in San Francisco with Pony Poindexter and his trio, featuring the late Flip Nunez on piano. At this point in Bev's career, most of her fans believed she had 'dropped out of sight.' In reality, Bev made a monumental decision. She did not feel that having a career and traveling mixed well with being a mom to her son, Greg. So she opted for the latter with no regrets. In 1961, she and her husband, Chuck, moved to the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, California. In 1963 they had another son, Shawn. During these years, Bev began writing poetry and music, doing photography, making pottery, raising German Shepherds, and working on her doctorate in psychology. (Bev was awarded her Ph.D. in Psychology in 1984.) She also worked as a Vocal Coach. Among her students were Gail Farrell, Mary Lou Metzger, and Cissy King of the Lawrence Welk Show, and rock star/actor, Rick Springfield.

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Live At The Jazz Safari

Live At The Jazz...

Self Produced
2007

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In Person

Fantasy Jazz
1999

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Bev Kelly In Person

Riverside Records
1999

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Love Locked Out

Riverside Records
1985

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You Go To My Head

Riverside Records
1981

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Beverly Kelly Sings...

Riverside Records
1958

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