Sorry to double up, but I have another obituary… Margaret Whiting Dies at 86

Margaret Whiting, a songwriter’s daughter who as a bright-eyed teenage singer captivated wartime America and then went on to a long, acclaimed career recording hit songs and performing in nightclubs and on television, died on Monday of natural causes at the Lillian Booth Actors’ Home in Englewood, N.J. She was 86.

Margaret Whiting with Jack Wrangler

During the last years of her life she was married to former porn star and later producer, 20 years her junior, Jack Wrangler, who I went to Northwestern with when he was known as Jack Stillman. Jack died in 2009 with emphysema.

In her singing career “It Might as Well Be Spring,”  a Rodgers & Hammerstein tune from the musical “State Fair,” became a signature for her. In 1948 alone Margaret Whiting had three major hits: “A Tree in the Meadow,” “Now Is the Hour” and “Far Away Places.” A duet with Mercer, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (by Frank Loesser), lasted 19 weeks on the Billboard chart in 1949. Her nine duets with the country star Jimmy Wakely, from 1949 to 1951, were sensations, particularly “Slippin’ Around.” She released albums into the late 1950s with Capitol Records, then switched to the Dot and Verve labels, but returned to Capitol and recorded her last big hit, “The Wheel of Hurt,” in 1966.

Whiting and her younger sister, Barbara, who died in 2004,  starred in “Those Whiting Girls,” a 1950s television series about college coeds.

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Posted on January 12, 2011, in Art, Arts, creativity, history, Music, News, Obits, radio, Television, Theatre and Art, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. this woman must’ve led a remarkably exciting life! she ended up with a guy 20 years her junior too! that’s a cougar at its finest!

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