Remembered for her stylistic versatility, this twentieth-century jazz, pop, and R&B-influenced vocalist recorded such United States music chart-topping songs as "If I Knew You Were Comin' (I'd've Baked a Cake)," "Kiss of Fire," and "Dance With Me Henry (Wallflower)."
When she was just thirteen years old, she found employment at a vaudeville theater in Boston. Four years later, she entered the big band scene as a member of the Hudson-DeLange Orchestra and went on to perform on numerous popular radio programs.
She hosted Georgia Gibbs And Her Million Record Show and appeared on The
Born to Russian-Jewish parents, Frieda Lipschitz (who later changed her name to Georgia Gibbs) grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she spent nearly a decade of her early life in an orphanage. In her late thirties, she married writer and international affairs expert Frank Gervasi; the union produced one child.
In the early 1950s, she provided musical interludes for the touring comedy acts of Sid Caesar and Danny Kaye.