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Jeri Southern

Jeri Southern, was a classically trained pianist who became a jazz-oriented vocalist in the 1950s, whose hit “You Better Go Now” proved the most successful of her several recordings.

Born Genevieve Hering, on 5 August 1926, in Royal, Nebraska, Southern studied at the Notre Dame Academy, Omaha, and later played piano at the local Blackstone Hotel. After touring with a US Navy recruiting show, where she began singing, she worked at several venues in Chicago in the late 40s. These included the Hi Note Club, where she supported stars such as Anita O’Day.

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