Teri Thornton

Real name
Shirley Enid Avery
September 1, 1934
May 2, 2000
United States
Jazz vocalist who started singing in the 1950s in clubs in her native Detroit, recording three LPs in the early-1960s before drugs and alcohol took their toll. She moved to Los Angeles, not appearing professionally again until 1979, although she did record some song-poems under the name "Teri Summers". After playing clubs again for many years, in 1997, Thornton recorded another album and her comeback continued when she won the vocalist section of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 1998.


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Managed by Sylvain Guillou


Covers by Teri Thornton

Title Performer Release date Originally by
1963 Eva Taylor - Piano Accomp. by Clarence Williams
1961 Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra - Vocal Chorus by Bob Eberly
1961 Belle Baker
1963 Mel Tormé with Sonny Burke and His Orchestra
1961 Jack Barker
1961 Woody Herman and His Orchestra - Vocal by Mary Ann McCall
1961 Les Elgart & His Orch.
1963 (unknown)
February 1963 Robert Morse, Charles Nelson Reilly and Paul Reed
1961 Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra with Vocal Refrain by Ramona & The Kings Men
1999 Johnny Mathis - Orchestra under the direction of Glenn Osser
1999 Tamara
1999 John W. Bubbles
February 1963 Aida Ward
February 1963 Swen Swenson, Virginia Martin
1961 Mal Waldron
1961 Adrian Schubert & His Orch. – Vocal Chorus Harold Van Emburgh
February 1963 The Jungle Band [Ellington]
1963 Gene Austin
1961 Mae West with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
1999 King Cole - With Orchestra conducted by Frank DeVol
February 1963 (unknown), Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra
1963 Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians - Vocal Chorus by Don Rodney and The Lombardo Trio
February 1963 Billy May
February 1963 Ethel Waters with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
1999 (unknown), Sarah Vaughan - Ted Dale & Orchestra
February 1963 John W. Bubbles
1961 Tullio Carminati
1963 Nat "King" Cole - With Orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins
1961 Bob Crosby and His Orchestra featuring trumpet by Billy Butterfield, Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra
1961 Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy
Where Was I? Teri Thornton August 1967 Unverified
1963 Freddy Martin and His Orchestra - Vocal Chorus Elmer Feldkamp
1963 Janis Paige