Toni Harper

Musical Artist

1937 –

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Who is Toni Harper?

Toni Harper is a former child singer, who retired from performing at the age of 29.

After learning dance under Maceo Anderson, Harper was cast by the choreographer Nick Castle in Christmas Follies, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in 1945. She later went on to perform on stage with Herb Jeffries and Cab Calloway.

Harper recorded "Candy Store Blues" in 1946, which became a platinum record, appeared twice on Toast of the Town in 1949, and made her third and final appearance on the show in 1950.

After success as a child singer, Harper recorded her first album, Toni, for Verve Records in 1955, with the Oscar Peterson trio. She made two further albums, arranged by Marty Paich, Lady Lonely and Night Mood, for RCA Victor.

Harper toured Japan with Cannonball Adderley in 1963, and appeared in the 1965 film How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, before retiring from performing in 1966.

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Born
Jun 8, 1937
Also known as
  • Toni Dunlap
  • Harper, Toni

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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