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Morgana King
Background information
Birth name Maria Grazia Morgana Messina
Also known as Mo, Moe
Born June 4, 1930 (1930-06-04) (age 79)
Pleasantville, N.Y., U.S.
Genres Vocal jazz, cool jazz, jazz blues, ballads, bossa nova, bebop, traditional pop
Occupations Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1946–2000
Labels Ascot, EmArcy, Mainstream, Mercury, Muse, Paramount, Reprise, Savoy, United Artists, Verve, Wing

Morgana King (also known as 'Mo' / 'Moe') is an American singer and actress.[1][2][3] She is a noted jazz diva, a highly acclaimed jazz legend who is regarded as a "musician's singer."[4][5][6] The musical oeuvre of her stylized vocal artistry spans a period of more than four decades and has an "appeal that bridges generations, tastes and life styles"[7][8].[9][10][11][12]

"She is, like all great singers, first and foremost an interpreter, a sensitive actress… a classic vocal instrument." - Charles A. Pomerantz[13]

A sometime actress, she is best known for her appearance in the role of Carmella Corleone in the 1972 and 1974 film releases titled Mario Puzo’s The Godfather and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather: Part II respectively.[14][15]


Early life

Morgana King (née Maria Grazia Morgana Messina on June 4, 1930) was born in Pleasantville, New York. Her parents were of Sicilian descent "from Fiuomo Fredo, Province de Catania, Sicily."[16] Her mother and father were the only members of their respective families to immigrate to the United States.[16] The name DeBerardini(s) has been misidentified with her birth name. The name, DeBerardini(s), is actually from her second marriage to jazz trombonist Willie Dennis (William DeBerardinis (1926–1965)).[17]

She grew up in New York City, at 145th and Amsterdam, along with five siblings[4][18] in an artistically talented family. Her father, who owned a coal and ice business, played the piano and guitar by ear[4][19][20] and a sister performed in the Italian Theater.[5] The family experienced a difficult financial period when her "mother was widowed" early.[18] The experience left a lasting impression with Morgana King that carried into adulthood.[18]

Around the age of thirteen, she studied acting from a member of the Shubert theatre family.[4][5] It was during this period that her vocal gift was recognized when she was overheard singing the aria titled "I'll See You Again" from the famous Noël Coward operetta 'Bitter Sweet'.[4][21][22] This began her strong determination to become a singer and a scholarship to the Metropolitan School of Music soon followed.[4]

While still in her teens, there was a career choice change, but only in respect to the music genre on her first hearing jazz at age sixteen.[5] She developed a love for big bands (Benny Goodman[23], Harry James[24], and Duke Ellington[25]).[5] Her love for Erskine Hawkins[26], Benny Carter[27] and Duke Ellington eventually rivaled that earlier love.[4]

Singing début

"… to work with my ears, not from paper." - Morgana King[28]

Her professional singing career began at age sixteen under the stage name Morgana King.[5][29] While singing in a Greenwich Village nightclub in 1953, a record label executive took interest after being impressed with the unique phrasing and multi-octave range.[5]

Three years later in 1956, her first album, and the only album with record label EmArcy Records, titled ‘For You, For Me, For Evermore'[30] was released. That same year, the song "Frankie and Johnny" appeared on the album titled 'The Young Ones of Jazz' released from the record label Mercury Records.

Film début

"I studied acting before I ever sang." - Morgana King[28]

In the first appearance of Leonard G. Feather's Encyclopedia of Jazz (1960), Morgana King stated that her ambition was “… to become a dramatic actress.”[31] Nine years later in 1969, she began her acting career as a cast member in the film production of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola[32] In the role of Carmella Corleone, she was the wife of Don Vito Corleone the role held by Marlon Brando[33]. She also appeared as herself in the 1971 television documentary 'The Godfather: Behind the Scenes'.[34]

Her acting début was in the 1972 film release of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather (in the film, she sang the song "Eh, Cumpari!"), and she reprised that role in the 1974 continuation film Mario Puzo’s The Godfather: Part II', which was also directed by Francis Ford Coppola (during filming, she originally declined to be in the coffin for the dead scene, but later relented for the singular purpose of establishing a face shot.).[14][15][35][36]




"… as an artist… you can take any of this material and make it your own." - Morgana King[37]

Morgana King’s acclaimed vocal talent established her as one of the première performers.[4] She headlined clubs, concert halls and hotels, and toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and South America; e.g.: Basin Street[38]; bla-bla café[39]; Blue Note[9]; Blue Room at the Supper Club[40]; Café Leon[41]; Club Bali[42][43]; Cotton Club[44][45]; Fat Tuesday’s[46]; Jilly's[47]; Joe Howard's Place[48]; Kenny's Castaways[49]; Lainie's Room[50]; Les Mouches[51]; Lush Life[52]; Mr. Sam’s[53]; Rainbow Grill[54]; Reno Sweeney[55]; Scullers[56]; Sniffen Court[57]; Sweet Basil[58]; The Metropole[59]; Town Hall[60][61]; the Waterbury Hotels[62], and Trude Heller’s[63].

A few of the venue performances during her active career: the March 1956 Easter Jazz Festival at Town Hall in New York City[61]; she opened Trude Heller’s in July 1957 and returned throughout her career for anniversary performances[63]; also in 1957, along with seven female jazz instrumentalists, she performed at the Jazz Female concert held at Carnegie Recital Hall in November[64]; the Schaefer Music Festival in June 1976[65]; A Tribute to Billie Holiday at the Hollywood Bowl in July 1979[66]; the AIDS Research - Benefit Bash in 1983 [67], the Benefit for the Theater Off Park in May 1988[68]; the 2nd annual WPBX Jazz Festival at the Fine Arts Theater in August 1989[69].

While performing in Lisbon, Portugal, she was interviewed by the television show host Henrique Mendes at the television station RTP (the sole television station at that time)."[70] By the 1970s, Morgana King (a non-smoker and non-drinker) became selective with the performing environment over concern for her voice and sang only one show a night[4]


A limited list of artists who performed and/or recorded with Morgana King over the years of her career are Ben Aronov[71][72], Ronnie Bedford[73], Ed Caccavale (drums), Clifford Carter[74], Don Costa[75], Eddie Daniels[76], Sue Evans[77], Larry Fallon[78], Sammy Figueroa[79], John Kaye (percussion), Helen Keane[80], Art Koenig[81], Steve LaSpina[82], Scott Lee[83], Jay Leonhart[84], Ray Mantilla[85], Bill Mays[86], Charles McCracken[87], Ted Nash[88], Adam Nussbaum[89], Warren Odze[90], Joe Puma[91], Don Rebic[92], Jack Wilkins[93], Joe Williams (bass), and Torrie Zito[94].[95][96][97][98]


Her repertoire contains more than two hundred songs on over thirty albums with songs also appearing on more than forty albums.[95][96][97][98] Most of her recordings and re-issues have not remained in the catalogs. There are limited CDs, audio tracks, mp3 downloads and lyrics available on the Internet along with a limited list of available LPs from businesses that offer re-mastering services for vinyl-to-CD.[99][100][101][102][103]


During the decade of the Fifties, three (3) albums were released with the first being her début album titled 'For You, For Me, For Evermore' from record label EmArcy Records, in 1956. The two (2) albums that followed are the 1958 'Morgana King Sings The Blues' released from record label Mercury Records and the album titled 'The Greatest Songs Ever Swung' released in 1959 by the record label Camden Records.


The decade of the Sixties was the most productive period of her recording career with the release of fourteen (14) albums. It was also a period of substantial critical acclaim for Morgana King, which included recognition with the 1964 Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist.[104] Among the Jimmy Van Heusen[105] extant papers located at the UCLA Music Library is a letter dated September 5, 1965 that pertains to "songs… to be given to Morgana King." She recorded three (3) Van Heusen songs: "Here's That Rainy Day", "Like Someone in Love" and "Imagination." Her albums titled 'It's A Quiet Thing' (1965) and 'The Complete Reprise Recordings' (2000) contain the track "Here's That Rainy Day"; her albums titled 'Tender Moments' (2000), 'Another Time, Another Space' (1992) and 'Stardust' (1986) contain the track "Like Someone In Love"; her albums titled 'Tender Moments' (2000) and 'Looking Through The Eyes Of Love' (1998) contain the track "Imagination".[106]

Three (3) albums each were released from the record labels United Artists Records, Reprise Records (the Frank Sinatra[107] record label), Mainstream Records, and Ascot Records with one (1) album each released from Verve Records, and Wing records.

The record label United Artists released the albums titled 'Folk Songs A La King' (1960), 'Let Me Love You' (1960) and 'Velvet Voice' - a South America release (1960). The record label Mainstream Records released the albums titled 'With A Taste Of Honey' (1964) and 'A Taste Of Honey' (1964); the track listing of both albums includes her signature song "A Taste of Honey". In 1965, four (4) record labels released a total of six (6) albums. The record label Reprise Records released the album titled 'It's A Quite Thing' (1965). The record label Ascot Records released the three (3) albums titled 'Everybody Loves Saturday Night' (1965), 'Miss Morgana King' (1965) and 'The End Of A Love Affair' (1965); the album release from record label Ascot Records titled 'Everybody Loves Saturday Night' was released in Argentina, South America under the title 'Todos Aman El Sabado A La Noch. The album titled 'More Morgana King' (1965) was released by record label Mainstream Records. The record label Wing Records released the album considered a masterpiece - 'Winter Of My Discontent' (1965).[108] The 1966 album titled 'Wild Is Love' was the second of three released albums from record label Reprise Records with their third (and final) album titled 'Gemini Changes' released in 1967. The record label Verve Records released the 1968 album titled 'I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely'.


The record label Mainstream Records released the album titled 'Cuore Di Mama' (1972) following the acting début of Morgana King in the 1972 film release of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. In 1973, the album titled "New Beginnings' was released by record label Paramount Records. An extended recording relationship with record label Muse Records began in 1977, which covered twenty-three (23) years and produced nine (9) albums. Muse Records released three (3) albums during this decade beginning with the 1977 album titled 'Stretchin' Out' followed by the albums titled 'Everything Must Change' (1978) and 'Higher Ground (1979).


The record label Muse Records released six (6) albums during this period beginning with the 1983 album titled 'Portraits' followed by the albums titled 'Simply Eloquent' (1986), 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You' (1991), 'This Is Always' (1992), 'Another Time, Another Space' (1992) and the record label's final album release of the 'Looking Through The Eyes of Love' (1998). Also in 1986, record label CBS/Sony released the album titled 'Stardust' (Japan release only).

The 1997 album release from record label 32 Jazz titled 'Every Once In A While' is a box set of two (2) earlier albums titled 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You' (1991), and 'This Is Always' (1992) originally released from record label Muse Records.

Two (2) albums were released in 2000. The record label Label M released the album titled 'The Complete Reprise Recordings', which is a compilation of the three (3) albums originally released from Reprise Records titled 'It's A Quiet Thing' (1965), 'Wild Is Love' (1966) and 'Gemini Changes' (1967). Savoy Jazz released the album titled 'Tender Moments', which is a Muse Records compilation of tracks from the albums 'Looking Through The Eyes Of Love' (1998), 'Simply Eloquent' (1986), 'Everything Must Change' (1978), 'Portraits (1983), 'Stretchin' Out' (1977), and 'Another Time, Another Space' (1992).


Morgana King appeared in a total of five (5) films, which included her appearance in The Godfather 1972 and 1974 films. The films that followed were the 1978 Nunzio[109] in the role of Mrs. Sabatino, the 1987 A Time to Remember[110] in the role of Mama Theresa, and the 1997 A Brooklyn State of Mind[111] in the role of Aunt Rose.


Beginning with The Andy Williams Show and The Hollywood Palace in 1964 and continuing for a decade, she performed on television talk and variety shows including 'The Mike Douglas Show', 'The Dean Martin Show', and 'The David Frost Show'.[70][112]

Her acting credits include appearances in one (1) television movie, two (2) series and a soap opera. She made a guest appearance on the television series Jigsaw John in the 1976 episode titled 'Thicker Than Blood' in the role of Zoe Pappas. In the 1977 television mini-series titled The Godfather: A Novel for Television[113], she appeared in the role of Carmella "Mama" Corleone. In the 1985 television movie titled Deadly Intentions, she appeared in the role of Anna Livanos.[114] In 1993 on the television soap opera All My Children, she appeared in the role of Mrs. Manganaro in the promotional titled episode 'The Summer of Seduction'.[70]


Morgana King announced her retirement from performing during an engagement at the Cotton Club in Chicago on Friday, December 10, 1993, and added that her recording would not be affected by the decision.[115] She continued to perform after that date but on a less frequent basis: the Ballroom[116], Maxim’s[117], Mirage Night Club (a benefit jazz session)[118], and Roosevelt Hotel's Cinegrill ("both a performance and a 70th birthday (Morgana King) celebration.")[119 ].

"I want to do things that are personally satisfying and that I can be proudly associated with." - Morgana King[28]

Her lack of a continued interest in acting was a twofold response to the issue surrounding offers of typecast roles[4] and the difficulty in getting ‘out of character'[5]. Her acting credits end with her 1997 appearance in the film A Brooklyn State of Mind.

Personal life

"All the men in my life turned me into what I am today,… Tony (Fruscella), my father, and Willie (Dennis (William DeBerardinis))." - Morgana King[120]

Relationships and family

Morgana King married twice. Her first marriage at age seventeen was to the rising young jazz trumpeter Tony Fruscella [121][122][123][124] (1927–1969), which ended in divorce after nine years (due to his substance abuse[4]). They had a daughter Graysan (1950–2008) and they have a grandson, Morgan[125]. Tony Fruscella was instrumental in her introduction to bebop and the works of Charlie Parker[126], Thelonious Monk[127] and Billie Holiday[128].[4][20] During their marriage, the couple frequently had "Sunday dinner with Charlie Parker and his family."[4] Although Tony Fruscella's recording legacy is extremely limited, the self-titled album 'Tony Fruscella' displays his early works.[129]

Her second marriage, in 1961, was to jazz trombonist Willie Dennis (William DeBerardinis (1926–1965)).[17][130][131] She met him during an off-night visit to the Birdland Jazz Club[132] where she went to hear Sam Donahue’s group.[4] He had performed with Gerry Mulligan[17][133] and Charles Mingus[134] and recorded the 1953 album release ‘Four Trombones’[135] on Mingus’ record label Debut Records. He had toured extensively with Benny Goodman[23][136], Woody Herman[137] and Buddy Rich[17][138]. His skills and prior experience created a close career collaboration within their relationship with the result being her album titled 'With A Taste Of Honey', an album conceived and developed by him, which garnered critical acclaim for her.[4] The album is the initial source of aligning her style with the bossa nova. She travelled to Brazil with him to experience this new music style when he toured with Buddy Rich in 1960.[4][20] She said the experience was "an introduction to myself."[20] Their close collaboration was suddenly shattered in 1965 with his death from an automobile accident in Central Park, New York City.[139][140] The 1965 album release from Reprise Records titled 'It's A Quiet Thing' is a memorial to him.[5] A solo legacy of Willie Dennis can be heard on the Gerry Mulligan album titled 'Live at the Village Vanguard' on the track titled "Blueport" released by record label Verve Records.

After the death of Willie Dennis, she relocated to Southern California where she spent twenty-one (21) years in Malibu.[5] She accepted Frank Sinatra's offer to record three (3) albums on his record label Reprise Records ('It's A Quiet Thing' (1965), 'Wild Is Love' (1966) and 'Gemini Changes' (1967)).[5] She also sold real estate and focused on establishing an acting career (1969 - a cast member in the film production of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather).[5]


An inquiry by Bill Evans into "the essential ingredient for a musician to be great." The response to his question was "To have your own sound."[141]

"Morgana King is the epitome of this criteria…[20] She indeed has her own sound in the best sense of this concept. - Bill Evans[141]

Style and influence

The voice of Morgana King is notable for its beautiful four-octaves being cultivated with vibrant hues of elegance and for a highly developed vocal structure that is rich and sophisticated, which makes her a compelling interpreter of song.[11][29][53][142][143] Her lyrical signature, an incomparable timbre[142] drawn across her instrument at will, is a unique vocal technique[54] that has the ability to convey the exquisite melancholy of a violin[53] as it delivers evocative prose with refined ease[29]. Being an interpretive artist and stylist[144], her vocal treatment[116] creates a masterpiece of stunning beauty textured by her "pristine phrasing and crystalline vocal delivery[6]." Having an excellent faculty for melodic improvisation, she recomposes lyrics making the composition her own, which can also be heard in her scat singing.[54][116][142][145] In later years, her lyric voice remained lovely from the lightest to the heaviest end of its range.[119 ][146] There was an added deep tone to the vibrant mezzo and a life-enhancing lower register that projected great warmth.[147]

Though classified a jazz singer, the body of her work expanded musically over the years. She continued to pursue new forms of expression and presentation by exploring current music trends, which can be heard and read from the list of songs and composers on more than thirty albums. She ventured into new creative areas throughout her career all the while keeping contact with her musical point of origin in jazz. Her distinctive sound has its criticism and detractors.[52][115][148][149] However, the reception for Morgana King has been predominantly positive with her being well received by critics and listeners. There is an opinion on "why Morgana King wasn't more commercially successful."[2][150]

"She was an incredible act… Frank (Sinatra) loved her. Her voice was a great instrument but they couldn't define her. Where do you put her: pop, jazz or where? " Sir Monti Rock III[2]

In literature, the Library of Jazz Standards by Ronny Schiff (2002)[151] recognizes Morgana King as one of the performers who made famous the songs "Imagination" (Van Heusen, Burke), "Like Someone in Love" (Van Heusen, Burke) and "Will You Be Mine" (Adair, Dennis). Also, there is the occasional mention of her in fiction.[152][153][154][155][156]

She is credited with composition of the songs "Moe's Blues", which she never recorded but was recorded by Beverly Kenny on the 1955 released album titled 'Beverly Kenny Sings for Johnny Smith.[3], and "Simply Eloquent" with Monte Oliver, which appears on the same titled album initially released in 1986 by record label Muse Records.

In 1991, she produced a set of seminars called Morgana King Fine Arts Series.[18] The seminars brought together small groups for recurring meetings every few months.[18] They were held at select venues that included the Lincoln Center.[18] One of the functions of the series was to familiarize participants more extensively with performance methodologies. There was also a panel available to critique the performances.[18]

Her signature song is "A Taste Of Honey", which was originally released in 1964 on the album titled 'With A Taste of Honey' by record label Mainstream Records. One (of 2) of her most re-issued songs is “My Funny Valentine” from the 1978 Muse Records album release titled "Everything Must Change" with the second most re-issued song "For You, For Me, For Evermore" from the 1956 EmArcy Records release with the same title.[95][96][97][98]


"King has few peers as interpreter of pop standard songs" - John Hoglund[146]

"Eloquent is a near perfect adjective for Morgana King" - Joel Flegler[157]

"Morgana King has done the best version of You Are The Sunshine Of My Life I have heard." - Stevie Wonder[158]

"She has a gift that makes popular music… classical." - Donny Hathaway[158][159]

"We feel honored that she's chosen one of our songs to record and made such a gem of it!" - Kenny Rankin & Yvonne Rankin[158]

"… a singer as dedicated to the art of song as Morgana is a composer's dream." - Paul Williams[158][160]

"Morgana, As long as you will sing, I will stay!!" - Bobby Gosh[158]



"… It is a parading of the different emotions that each composition contains." Joe Fields[161]

Year Title Label / catalog # Notes
1998 Looking Through The Eyes Of Love Muse Records 5257
1992 This Is Always Muse Records 5493
1992 Another Time, Another Space Muse Records 5339 Out-of-print
1991 I Just Can't Stop Loving You Muse Records 5408 Out-of-print
1986 Simply Eloquent Muse Records 5326 Out-of-print
1986 Stardust CBS/Sony 32DP 686 Japan release only
1983 Portraits Muse Records 5301 Never released as a commercial CD
1979 Higher Ground Muse Records 5224 Out-of-print
1978 Everything Must Change Muse Records 5290 Out-of-print
1977 Stretchin' Out Muse Records 5166 Out-of-print
1973 New Beginnings Paramount Records 6067, Universal RecordsUICY 6935 (2007) Out-of-print
1972 Cuore Di Mama Mainstream Records 355 Out-of-print
1968 I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely Verve Records 9229 Out-of-print
1967 Gemini Changes Reprise Records 6257 Out-of-print
1966 Wild Is Love Reprise Records 6205, Collectors' Choice Music 704 (2006) Out-of-print
1965 More Morgana King Mainstream Records 56052 Out-of-print
1965 Miss Morgana King Ascot Records 16020 Out-of-print
1965 Everybody Loves Saturday Night
Todos Aman El Sabado A La Noch (Argentina)
Ascot Records 16019, ALM 13020, UA 10099 Out-of-print
1965 The End Of A Love Affair Ascot Records AS-16014, ALM-13019 Out-of-print
1965 Winter Of My Discontent Wing Records 16307 Out-of-print
1965 Morgana King Reprise Records 60081 Out-of-print
1965 It's A Quite Thing Reprise Records 6192, Collectors' Choice Music 703 (2006) Out-of-print
1964 With A Taste Of Honey Mainstream Records 6015 Out-of-print
1964 A Taste Of Honey Mainstream Records 707, Sony 57121 (1993) Out-of-print
196- Airs de Cour Mainstream Records 1022 Out-of-print
1960 Folk Songs A La King United Artists Records UAS-6028 and UAL-3028 Out-of-print
196- Velvet Voice United Artists Records 10111, MH 14097 South America release only
1960 Let Me Love You United Artists Records UAS-6020 and UAL-3020 Out-of-print
1959 The Greatest Songs Ever Swung Camden Records 543, BMG BVCJ-2035 (1991) Out-of-print
1958 Morgana King Sings The Blues Mercury Records 20231, PolyGram International 9043 (2001) Out-of-print
1956 For You, For Me, For Evermore EmArcy Records 36079, PolyGram 514077 (1992) Out-of-print
19-- Sings Just For You N/A Out-of-print
19-- Bidin' My Time N/A Out-of-print

Box sets and Compilations

Box Sets and Compilations
Year Title Label / catalog # Notes
2000 The Complete Reprise Recordings Label M 5704 Album listing: It's A Quiet Thing; Wild Is Love; Gemini Changes
2000 Tender Moments 32 Jazz 32200, Savoy Jazz 17253 (2003)
1997 Every Once In A While 32 Jazz 32042 Out-of-print
Album listing: I Just Can't Stop Loving You; This Is Always
198- The Best of Morgana King Mainstream Records Out-of-print
198- Morgana King (2 LPs) Roulette Records Out-of-print

Also appears on

Song also appears on
Song Year Album Record label
"All Blues" 1990 Highstream: The Best Of Mainstream Jazz Mainstream Records
"As Time Goes By" 1980 Tribute To Billie Holiday Mainstream Records
"Bill" 1997
The Complete Jerome Kerns Songbooks)
A Fine Romance: Jerome Kern Songbook
Verve Records
"Body and Soul" 2007
Gold - Jazz Divas (Disc 1)
Jazz Divas Studio
Verve Records
"Could It Be Magic" 2003 Jazz For Romantic Moments Savoy Jazz
"Down In The Depths" 2008
Jazz And The City
New York For Lovers
Deluxe Holland
Verve Records
"Easy Living" 1991
Billie Holiday Revisited
Tribute To Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday Revisited
Mainstream Records
Mainstream Records
Mainstream Records
"Easy to Love" 1991
Billie Holiday Revisited
Billie Holiday Revisited
Mainstream Records
Mainstream Records
"Ev'rything I Love" 2005
Very Best Of The Cole Porter Songbook (Disc 1)
The Complete Cole Porter Songbooks (Disc 2)
Night and Day, Volume 2: Songbook
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Cole Porter Songbook Volume 2
Greatest Hits Spain
Verve Records
"For You, For Me, For Evermore" 2006
Włoska Mafia
The Ultimate Collection: George Gershwin
The Ultimate Collection: George Gershwin
Easy Listening Jazz Classics
The Complete Gershwin Songbooks (Disc 2)
Gershwin Songbook: 'S Marvelous
Universal Music Group Polska
Decca Records
Decca Records
Reader's Digest Music
"Frankie and Johnny" 2002
Mercury Songbook (Disc 2)
The Young Ones of Jazz
Universal Music Group International
Mercury Records
"I Have Loved Me A Man" 2006 40th Anniversary: Australia's Tour Of Duty: Vietnam (Disc 1) Sony BMG
"I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely" 2002
Great Ladies Sing The Blues
Great Ladies Sing The Blues
UMVD Special Markets (CD only)
UMVD Special Markets
"If You Could See Me Now" 2002 Our Favourite Things Universal/Spectrum
"It's De-Lovely" 2002 Mercury Songbook (Disc 1) Universal Music Group International
"It's Only A Paper Moon" 2005
Get Happy: The Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration
Mercury Songbook (Disc 1)
That Old Black Magic: The Harold Arlen Songbook
Verve Records
Universal Music Group International
Verve Records
"Like A Seed" 2002 Café Après-midi: Lilas Universal Music Group
"More Than You Know" 2002 Jazz Singing (Disc 3) Universal Music Group International
"My Funny Valentine" 2007
The Ultimate Most Relaxing Jazz Music In The Universe (Disc 1)
Classic Love Songs
Jazz Express Presents: The Jazz Singers
Original Divas (Disc 1)
Women Of Substance
Denon Records
Sony BMG Special Products
Metro Music
Sony BMG Special Products
Savoy Jazz
”My Funny Valentine”/”You Are So Beautiful" 2003
Jazz For Romantic Moments
Jazz For When You're In Love
Savoy Jazz
32 Jazz
"Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" 1991 Great Ladies Of Jazz, Volume 2 K-Tel series
"Take the 'A' Train" 2002 We Love New York RCA Records
"The Lady Is a Tramp" 1993 Mainstream Records Jazz & Blues Sampler Mainstream Records
"Walk on By" 2006 What The World Needs Now Is Burt & Hal Rhino/Wea UK
"Where Am I Going" 1996 American Songbook Series: Cy Coleman Smithsonian Collection
"You Go to My Head" 2003 Jazz For An Elegant Rendezvous Savoy Jazz


Year Title Role Notes
1997 A Brooklyn State of Mind Aunt Rose
1987 A Time to Remember Mama Theresa aka: Miracle in a Manger
1978 Nunzio Mrs. Sabatino
1974 Mario Puzo's, The Godfather: Part II Carmella Corleone
1972 Mario Puzo's, The Godfather Carmella Corleone


Television (TV)
Year Title TV Genre Role / Notes
1993 All My Children Soap opera Promotional title 'The Summer of Seduction'
Mrs. Manganaro
1985 Deadly Intentions TV Movie Anna Livanos
1977 The Godfather: A Novel for
Mini-series Mama Corleone (ep numbers 1.1 through 1.4)
1976 Jigsaw John: Thicker Than Blood Series Zoe Pappas
1974 The Mike Douglas Show Talk show Herself
1973 The Mike Douglas Show Talk show Herself (sn 10, ep 170)
1972 The Mike Douglas Show
The Mike Douglas Show
The Virginia Graham Show
The David Frost Show
Talk show
Talk show
Talk show
Talk show
Herself (sn 10, ep 165)
Herself (sn 10, ep 105)
Herself (sn 4, ep 130)
1971 The Virginia Graham Show
The Mike Douglas Show
Talk show
Talk show
Herself (sn 9, ep 114)
1971 The Godfather: Behind the Scenes Documentary Herself
1970 The David Frost Show Talk show Herself
1969 Playboy After Dark Variety show Herself (sn 1, eps 3 & 12)
1968 The Dean Martin Show

The Dean Martin Show
Variety show

Variety show
Performed "When The World Was Young" (sn 4, ep 8)

Performed "I Have Loved Me A Man".
Also performed "So Long", "Now Is The Hour" and "Auld Lang Syne" with Dean Martin. (sn 3, ep 29)
1968 The Woody Woodbury Show
The Pat Boone Show
The Rosey Grier Show
Talk show
Variety show
Talk show
1967 The Mike Douglas Show Talk show Herself (sn 5, ep 87)
1966 The Dean Martin Show Variety show Performed "Mountain High, Valley Low".
Also performed "Loch Lomond" and "Goodnight, Irene" with Dean Martin. (sn 1, ep 27)
1966 The Hollywood Palace
The Hollywood Palace
Variety show
Variety show
Herself (sn 4, ep 7)
Herself (sn 4, ep 3)
1965 The Mike Douglas Show Talk show Herself (sn 4, ep 28)
1964 The Hollywood Palace
The Andy Williams Show
Variety show
Variety show
Performed "A Taste Of Honey (sn 3, ep 6)"
Performed "Corcovado" with Andy Williams (sn 2, ep 4).


Year Film Format Available (Yes/No)
2008 The Godfather: Restored Trilogy
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration
2006 The Godfather Part II: Restored DVD Y
2005 A Brooklyn State of Mind DVD Y
2004 The Godfather Part II (1974): Widescreen; Dubbed; Re-mastered
The Godfather: Widescreen Edition
2005 A Brooklyn State of Mind

A Tribute To Billie Holiday: Recorded Live At the Hollywood Bowl
(Live Footage -1979)

DVD: Morgana King interview and performances:
"Easy Living", As Time Goes By" and "God Bless The Child"

2001 Gordon Willis on Cinematography (Uncredited: Carmella Corleone) Archive footage N
1992 The Godfather Trilogy: 1901–1980 Archive footage N



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  2. ^ a b c Liner notes by Ed Osborne - Morgana King re-issue album 'It's A Quite Thing' (2006).
  3. ^ a b 'Beverly Kenny Sings For Johnny Smith'. Toshiba EMI Japan 1955 song "Moe's Blues", track listing 11.
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  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Morgana King throws heart and soul into jazz. Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 29, 1990 by Patricia Smith
  6. ^ a b Jazz diva Morgana King. Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 7, 1991 by Jae-Ha Kim
  7. ^ Liner notes by Charles A. Pomerantz - Morgana King album 'I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely' (1968).
  8. ^ Morgana King Displays Skill on Thin Thread of Sound. New York Times, Jul 11, 1977 by John S. Wilson
  9. ^ a b Morgana King, the Blue Note. New York Times, Jan 30, 1987 by Stephen Holden.
  10. ^ Very distinctive, highly stylized singing. New York Times, Nov 27, 1977 Arts and Leisure Guide
  11. ^ a b Morgana King Sings at Castaways. New York Times, May 18, 1973 by John Rockwell
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  13. ^ Morgana King - Liner notes by Charles A. Pomerantz, 'I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely' (1968).
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  19. ^ Leonard Feather, Ira Gitler. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (2007) pp. 385 - ISBN 0-19-532000-X
  20. ^ a b c d e Morgana King Charms Her Audience With Style. New York Times, Jan 20, 1970
  21. ^ Noël Coward Society
  22. ^ Bitter Sweet
  23. ^ a b Benny Goodman
  24. ^ Harry James Band
  25. ^ Duke Ellington
  26. ^ Erskine Hawkins at All About Jazz
  27. ^ Benny Carter
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  29. ^ a b c JAZZ: Morgana King. New York Times, Sep 2, 1985 by Stephen Holden
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  36. ^ Morgana King coffin scene IMDb in Godfather II
  37. ^ Morgana King - 'A Tribute to Billie Holiday - Hollywood Bowl' - 1979.
  38. ^ Sep 10, Morgana King opened to a packed house Billboard, Sep 25, 1954, v.77, no.39 pp. 39.
  39. ^ Ross, Sandy. bla-bla café ISBN 0-9777227-0-8.
  40. ^ Where Stardust Dreams Are, Always. New York Times, Mar 5, 1993 by Stephen Holden.
  41. ^ Jazz vocalist Morgana King appeared at the Cafe Leon Down Beat, 1961 pp. 55
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  43. ^ 'U' Street Jazz Club Bali Venues
  44. ^ Cotton Club… Morgana King. Chicago Sun-Times, Oct 30, 1992 by Lynn Voedisch
  45. ^ … jazz vocalist, Morgana King, will perform at the Cotton Cotton. Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 10, 1992 by Lloyd Sachs.
  46. ^ Morgana King will sing tonight.. Fat Tuesday's. New York Times, Feb 14, 1986
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  48. ^ Morgana King Down Beat, Volume 28 (1961) pp. 48
  49. ^ Morgana King, Kenny's Castaways. New York Times, Mar 24, 1974
  50. ^ Morgana King--Lainie's Room. New York Times, Apr 9, 1978 Arts and Leisure Guide
  51. ^ Morgana King--Singer. Les Mouches. New York Times, May 13, 1979 Arts and Leisure Guide
  52. ^ a b Cabaret: Morgana King at Lush Life. New York Times, Mar 29, 1982
  53. ^ a b c Cabaret: Morgana King. New York Times, Jul 4, 1986 by Stephen Holden
  54. ^ a b c Dramatic Singing by Morgana King. New York Times, Jan 26, 1972 Review
  55. ^ Morgana King at Reno Sweeney. New York Magazine, Dec. 19, 1977 pp. 32.
  56. ^ A Feast For Boston's Jazz Fans. The Boston Globe, Apr 13, 1990 by Fernando Gonzalez
  57. ^ Morgana King's instrumental group. New York Times, Jul 8, 1963
  58. ^ Going Out Guide. New York Times, Dec 20 1980 Farther Downtown
  59. ^ Morgana King, jazz singer. The Metropole.New York Times, Mar 17, 1967 Cabaret Tonight.
  60. ^ The Town Hall
  61. ^ a b Jazz Ensembles Sound Seasonal Note With an Easter Festival at Town Hall. New York Times, Mar 31, 1956.
  62. ^ Waterbury hotels. New York Times, Jan 3, 1988 Connecticut Guide.
  63. ^ a b Morgana King… Trude Heller's. New York Times, Jul 5, 1977 and Jul 10, 1977 Going Out Guide, Arts and Leisure Guide
  64. ^ Women Offer Jazz Concert. New York Times, Nov 30, 1957
  65. ^ Schaefer Festival Opens On June 14 With Mancini. New York Times, May 25, 1976
  66. ^ A Tribute to Billie Holiday, Hollywood Bowl, July 1979
  67. ^ Jet Sep 26, 1983 - v. 65, no. 3 pp. 45.
  68. ^ Social Events, Harlem Celebrations. New York Times, May 22, 1988 by Robert E. Tomasson
  69. ^ Long Island Guide. New York Times, Jul 30, 1989 Anniversary Fair.
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  72. ^ Music: Noted In Brief; Ben Aronov Plays Solo Jazz Piano New York Times, Oct 29, 1984 by John S. Wilson
  73. ^ Ronnie Bedford at Allmusic
  74. ^ Clifford Carter
  75. ^ Don Costa at Discogs
  76. ^ Eddie Daniels
  77. ^ Sue Evans at Allmusic
  78. ^ Larry Fallon
  79. ^ Sammy Figueroa
  80. ^ Helen Keane at University of Pittsburgh
  81. ^ Art Koenig at Concerned Musicians - Local 802
  82. ^ Steve LaSpina
  83. ^ Scott Lee
  84. ^ Jay Leonhart
  85. ^ Ray Mantilla
  86. ^ Bill Mays
  87. ^ Charles McCracken at Allmusic
  88. ^ Ted Nash at Allmusic
  89. ^ Adam Nussbaus at Allmusic
  90. ^ Warren Odze at Iridium Jazz Club
  91. ^ Joe Puma at Classic Jazz Guitar
  92. ^ Don Rebic
  93. ^ Jack Wilkins
  94. ^ Torrie Zito at Jazz Professional
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  96. ^ a b c Morgana King at
  97. ^ a b c Morgana King at MTV
  98. ^ a b c Morgana King at Yahoo! Music
  99. ^ Morgana King at Napster
  100. ^ Morgana King at Rhapsody
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  103. ^ Morgana King at Vinyl Revolution
  104. ^ Morgana King.Grammy nomination 1964.
  105. ^ Jimmy Van Heusen
  106. ^ UCLA Libraries - Archives Special Collections, Coll. no. 127-M, Box 121, Folder 52
  107. ^ Frank Sinatra
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  109. ^ Nunzio (film) - IMDb
  110. ^ A Time to Remember (film) - IMDb
  111. ^ A Brooklyn State of Mind (film) - IMDb
  112. ^ Morgana King at
  113. ^ The Godfather: A Novel for Television - IMDb
  114. ^ Deadly Intentions - IMDb
  115. ^ a b Morgana King Says Show Was Her Last. Chicago Sun-Times, Dec 13, 1993 by Lloyd Sachs
  116. ^ a b c Morgana King Still Offers Sensuality and Honey. New York Times, May 26, 1994 by Stephen Holden
  117. ^ A Dearth of Song And Dance. The Record, Sep 18, 1997 by Bill Ervolino
  118. ^ In America, Bird & Max. New York Times, May 20, 1996 by Bob Herbert
  119. ^ a b Morgana King, Still Unique in Rare Appearance. Cinegrill. Los Angeles Times, Jun 6, 2000 by Don Heckman.
  120. ^ Morgana King - Liner notes by Doug Ramsey 'Stretchin' Out' (1977).
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  124. ^ Tony Fruscella. NYTimes Aug 14, 1969 age 42, Requiem Mass.
  125. ^ Liner Notes by Morgana King album titled 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You' (1991).
  126. ^ Charlie Parker
  127. ^ Thelonious Monk
  128. ^ Billie Holiday
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  139. ^ Jack, Gordon Fifties Jazz Talk, An Oral Retrospective (2004) pp. 85 - ISBN 0-8108-4997-6
  140. ^ Liner notes by Fr. Norman O'Connors - Morgana King album 'It's A Quiet Thing.'
  141. ^ a b Bill Evans, Liner notes by Doug Ramsey, Morgana King 'Stretchin' Out' (1977) and 'Portraits' (1983).
  142. ^ a b c Pop: Morgana King, Singer, at Tuesday's. New York Times, Feb 20, 1983 by Stephen Holden
  143. ^ the phenomenon, Morgana King New York Magazine, December 24, 1973 pp. 52
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  147. ^ the phenomenon, Morgana King New York Magazine, December 24, 1973 pp. 52
  148. ^ Elecrified Sounds Blur Intimate Style Of Morgana King. New York Times, Nov 3, 1974
  149. ^ Sentiment, and a Strong Sense of Challenge. New York Times, Oct 17, 1965
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  157. ^ Joel Flegler Fanfare, Volume 10, Issues 3-4 (1987) pp. 282.
  158. ^ a b c d e Liner Notes Morgana King album 'New Beginnings' (1973).
  159. ^ Donny Hathaway at Almusic
  160. ^ Paul Williams
  161. ^ Liner Notes by Joe Fields, Morgana King album 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You' (1991).

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