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Roy Kral Dies at 80

Roy Kral, the male partner in one of jazz's most famous duos, Jackie and Roy, died Friday, August 2nd at his home in Montclair, NJ. He was 80. The cause was reported to be congestive heart failure. Mr. Kral was born in Cicero, IL in 1921. He took classical piano lessons as a young boy but secretly taught himself to play jazz piano. He met Jackie Cain, his wife and collaborator in 1947, while he was working with a band in Chicago, and they were married in 1949.

He and Ms. Cain became known as Jackie and Roy, performing a blend of pop, jazz and Latin music. They recorded nearly 40 albums in 56 years of singing together, producing hits like "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," "You Inspire Me" and "It's a Lovely Day Today." In 1998, the duo was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs.

Mr. Kral continued to perform with Ms. Cain as recently as June of 2002, although he had been in declining health for several years.

Mr. Kral is survived by his wife and three daughters, Dana Kral of Montclair, N.J.; Carol May of Elgin, Ill.; and Tiffany Bolling-Casares of Los Angeles.


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