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Price, Maryann

Price, Maryann, singer; b. Providence, RI, 28 October 1944.

She studied voice at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. She began her singing career at 17 years old in Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. She's the last of the big band singers, with a stint with Claude Thornhill's big band in Atlantic City, New Jersey, opening for Louis Armstrong. She moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in the mid-1960s and sang with Dante's Inferno on Vegas-Tahoe circuit. She moved to San Francisco, California for a job with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks then moved to Austin, Texas for a hitch with Asleep at the Wheel. Formed Ethyl'n'Methyl with Chris (Ethyl) O'Connell (vocalist/rhythm guitarist 17 years with Asleep at the Wheel).

She continues to make commercials and recording projects in Austin, Texas. She was voted "Best Jazz Vocalist" in 1993, Music City Awards. She won two Addies (awards for commercials) for Delta Airlines and Ginny's.

She's finishing up her first book, "Singing for Fun and Profit" for national/international publisher Eakin Press. She was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2002.
She continues to teach, produce and write. She has four solo CDs and countless guest appearances on other artists' recordings.

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