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Passings: Jeanne Black (1937 - 2014)

Jeanne Black, who had a million selling single in 1960 with He'll Have to Say, died on October 23 in Orem, UT after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Black had her first taste of success from 1956 to 1959 as a featured performer on Cliffie Stone's Hometown Jamboree on KXLA radio in Pasadena, CA and KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. After the show left the air, she started performing in both Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.

In 1960, Black signed to Capitol Records and recorded He'll Have to Stay, the "answer record" to Jim Reeve's He'll Have to Go. The song went to number 4 on the Pop, 6 on the Country and 11 on the R&B Singles charts.

Black released two more singles that made the pop charts in 1960, Lisa (#43) and Oh, How I Miss You Tonight (#63) but she was never able to duplicate the success of her first hit.

While performing on the Hometown Jamboree, Billy Strange (The Wrecking Crew) took Jeanne under his wing and, by the time Black signed with Capitol, the two were involved romantically. The two also continued to work professionally together with Strange playing guitar for her recordings and live appearances and doing most of her arranging.

The relationship did not last and Black married Mark Shipley with whom she had six children. She left music and, with her husband, ran community theaters in both Utah and California.

In the 90's, Black and Strange reconnected and were married from 1999 until his passing in 2012.