Death of a “Diva”
Morgana King died in March. Born in the province of Catania (Sicily), she moved to New York with her family at an early age and, with a clear if wispy voice, she enjoyed a fine career as a singer of popular music with a strong jazz orientation. Her recording of the Kern/Wodehouse standard "Bill" is a classic performance. Those who do not have an ear for popular music may recall her as Mamma Corleone.
Since "de mortuis nihil nisi bonum," should be the rule for normal human beings (which excludes politicians, journalists, and academics), I'll say nothing about the late Aretha Franklin except this: Her glandular shrieking drove me away from Soul Music.