Introducing Rita Moss, 1956 / Photography: Bill Hughes
Rita Moss, whose real name was Loreta L. Waynesboro, was born in Akron, Ohio, on July 4, 1918.
Although she took piano lessons as a child, she was a mostly self-taught multi-instrumentalist
who could play piano, organ and drums.
Eventually she became a singer too, with an impressive 4-octave vocal range.
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Rita Moss, 1918-2015 Billboard, 31 Mars 1956
“Rita Moss, the one of a kind, the Girl With the Flaxen Voice, has beguiled me
since the first time I heard her. This unique facility of hers is as natural as
breathing in and breathing out.”
In an article dated June 1952, Jet magazine wrote that there was finally a rival
for Yma Sumac “in cute Rita Moss, who has a sensational fouroctave
range voice. She is due for a bigtime treatment.”
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