Carlsbad lost a country singer on Saturday February 7, 2009 when Molly Bee Muncy died due to “complications related to a stroke at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside,” according to a story in the Los Angeles Times. She was 69.
At 10, she sang “Lovesick Blues” for country singer Rex Allen and soon debuted on his radio show. Within two years, she was a regular on “Hometown Jamboree,” a Los Angeles-based show run by Cliffie Stone, who helped popularize country music in California. . . . First broadcast on radio, “Jamboree” aired on KTLA-TV Channel 5 from the late 1940s to 1960. The show gave a big break to many young singers, including Tommy Sands, who became a teen idol and dated Bee in the 1950s. . . . “She had a great voice and a wonderful stage personality,” Sands told The Times on Monday. “She was a sweet person, just terrific.”
A celebration of Bee’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at El Camino Memorial Chapel, 340 Melrose Ave., Encinitas.
[Link: LA Times]