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Della Reese

Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 19 Nov 2017 (aged 86)
Encino, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 185348235 · View Source
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American Singer and Actress. Born Delloreese Patricia Early, her career spanned six decades. She started singing in Detroit when she was six years old. She graduated from high school at the age of 15 and while still a teenager, she toured with Mahalia Jackson. At the age of 18, she formed the Meditation Singers and was the first performer to take gospel music to the casinos of Las Vegas. She was a vocalist with the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra and began making her own records. She achieved success in 1957 with the release of the single "And That Reminds Me" which was a Top Twenty pop hit and sold a million copies. She was also voted The Most Promising Singer by Billboard, Cashbox and various other magazines. Her first RCA single, "Don't You Know?" was released in 1959 and was her biggest hit, reaching the #2 spot on the pop charts and topping the R&B charts. It also sold over one million copies. During her career, she received four Grammy Award nominations. With regard to her acting career, she had her first TV show by 1969 called "Della" which was the first talk show hosted by an African-American woman. She appeared on many shows starting in the late 1960s and in 1970, she was the first African-American woman to guest host "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson". It was "Touched by an Angel" that found her true TV stardom. She also performed the show’s theme song, "Walk With You".

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Della Reese (6 Jul 1931–19 Nov 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 185348235, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.