Rose Murphy

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Rose MurphyRose Murphy_header_cell_0_0_0
BornRose Murphy_header_cell_0_1_0 (1913-04-28)April 28, 1913

Xenia, Ohio, U.S.Rose Murphy_cell_0_1_1

DiedRose Murphy_header_cell_0_2_0 November 16, 1989(1989-11-16) (aged 76)

New York City, U.S.Rose Murphy_cell_0_2_1

GenresRose Murphy_header_cell_0_3_0 Vocal jazzRose Murphy_cell_0_3_1
Occupation(s)Rose Murphy_header_cell_0_4_0 SingerRose Murphy_cell_0_4_1
InstrumentsRose Murphy_header_cell_0_5_0 PianoRose Murphy_cell_0_5_1
Years activeRose Murphy_header_cell_0_6_0 1930s–1980sRose Murphy_cell_0_6_1

Rose Murphy (April 28, 1913 – November 16, 1989) was an American jazz singer famous for the song "Busy Line" and unique singing style. Rose Murphy_sentence_0

Music career Rose Murphy_section_0

Described by Allmusic 's Scott Yanow as having "a unique place in music history", Murphy was known as "the chee chee girl" because of her habit of singing "chee chee" in many of her numbers. Rose Murphy_sentence_1

She was also known as "the girl with the pale pink voice". Rose Murphy_sentence_2

Murphy began her musical career in the late 1930s, playing intermission piano for such performers as Count Basie, and became popular in the United States and United Kingdom in the late 1940s. Rose Murphy_sentence_3

She is best known for her high-pitched singing style, which incorporated scat singing, giggling, and percussive sound effects. Rose Murphy_sentence_4

"Busy Line", one of her most well known songs, made use of perhaps her most famous vocal sound effect: the 'brrp, brrrp' of a telephone ring. Rose Murphy_sentence_5

A version of the song was later used in 1990 by British Telecom in a television commercial, which was such a success that RCA reissued the original recording. Rose Murphy_sentence_6

Princess Margaret became a fan after "Busy Line" became a hit in England. Rose Murphy_sentence_7

She attended Murphy's concerts in London and imitated her while playing the piano and singing "Busy Line" at parties. Rose Murphy_sentence_8

From the 1950s to the 1980s, Murphy continued to play at "many of the top clubs of New York, like the Cookery, Michael's Pub, Upstairs At the Downstairs", and was "usually accompanied by bassist Slam Stewart or Morris Edwards." Rose Murphy_sentence_9

These were interspersed with engagements in London and tours of Europe. Rose Murphy_sentence_10

Personal life and death Rose Murphy_section_1

During a two-week engagement at Hollywood Roosevelt's Cinegrill in June 1989, Murphy became ill and returned to New York City. Rose Murphy_sentence_11

She died in New York aged 76 on November 16, 1989, and, though married four times, left no direct descendants. Rose Murphy_sentence_12

Her final marriage, from 1950 to 1977, was to Eddie Matthews, a businessman who, from 1928 to 1933, had been married to Ethel Waters. Rose Murphy_sentence_13

Rose Murphy and her radio broadcasts in the U.K. are referred to in the novel Under the Pink Light by British author Brian Hurst. Rose Murphy_sentence_14


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