Grant, born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg, is best known for her track The Wayward Wind, a song which famously bumped Elvis Presley from the top spot of the U.S. Billboard charts in 1956.

Presley had held the number one position for eight weeks with his classic Heartbreak Hotel, until Grant's song took its place, and stayed there for six weeks, selling more than one million copies.

Thanks to the song's popularity, Grant was named Billboard's most popular female vocalist of the year, and her classic was later covered by legendary acts such as the Beatles, Patsy Cline, Sylvia and Tex Ritter.

She went on to record more than a dozen albums, and had success with tracks such as The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else, Who Are We, When the Tide is High, and You're in Love.

Grant also gained star power on the big screen by providing the singing vocals for actress Ann Blyth in the 1957 biopic The Helen Morgan Story, and in 1958, she portrayed a recording artist in The Big Beat, alongside other musicians such as Fats Domino, the Del-Vikings and the Mills Brothers.

Grant, who also made appearances on The Nat King Cole Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, took a 20-year break from show business to raise her family, but returned to singing in 1987, performing well into her late 80s.

She died on Thursday (10Mar16).