1960 Little Dippers – Forever

1960 Little Dippers – Forever 

Anita Jean Grilli was married to Al Kerr in 1947 and they moved to Nashville the next year so she could work at the radio station WKDA. She also formed a singing quartet that began singing regularly on WSM.

Her Anita Kerr Singers also worked with Red Foley on the song Our Lady of Fatima, which reached #16 on the charts in 1950. That success led the group to sing backup vocals on numerous Nashville recordings.

In 1956, the group won a contest on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts television show, after which they spent a third of their time in New York City, appearing on the Arthur’s shows.

The group reduced to a quartet, and Anita continued signing soprano and arranging the voices. In the late sixties, they recorded over five dozen performances, and they released one of them as a single by the Little Dippers. Forever reached the top ten on the Hot 100 in 1960.

In the early 1960s, the group continued recording background vocals for an astonishing number of recordings. The group won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group in 1965.

Shortly after that, Anita divorced her husband and moved to California in hopes of widening her recordings to other markets besides Country music. She recruited new backup singers for the latest version of the Anita Kerr singers and they recorded jingles as well as music.

Over fifty albums followed over the next few decades and Anita also worked with Rod McKuen on many of his albums.

Anita died in 2022 at the age of 94.


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