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Thumbnail image for wisemanl.jpgFor us on the obituary desk, there is always an exciting story to tell. In today's Post, Adam Bernstein wrote the obituary for Chris Connor, a 1950's jazz singer who helped define the genre with her smokey sound. She herself said, "You either have it or you don't have it." During her 50-year career, she performed with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra, recorded with bandleader Herbie Fields and sang with Jerry Wald's big band. Read more to find out about Ms. Connor's talent and some of her more well-known recordings.

While we're talking about music, Gospel singer Marie Knight died. She had a string of gospel hits including "Didn't It Rain," "Up Above My Head," and "Beams of Heaven."

Just reading this obituary made my mouth water. Sheila Lukins, author of "The Silver Palate," which is one of the top 10 best-selling cookbooks of all time, died at 66. She is credited with helping to popularize gourmet cooking in the home. She was a food editor at Parade Magazine for 23 years, succeeding Julia Childs in 1986 and opened one of the first gourmet takeout food shops, creating a much followed trend.

Check out this obituary for Toni Sailer, Olympic skier turned movie star. The Austrian won gold medals in the downhill, slalom and giant slalom events at the Winter Olympics in Italy in 1956. After his sporting success he decided to capitalize on his handsome looks and pursued a Hollywood career as a singer and actor, starring in more than 20 films. Wow, what a stud!

By Lauren Wiseman  |  September 1, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Lauren Wiseman  
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