The star passed away of Alzheimer's disease-related complications on Thursday (03Nov16) at her home in Beverly Hills, California.

Starr began singing as a young child for a Dallas, Texas radio station after winning a local talent contest and went on to work with violinist Joe Venuti's orchestra at the age of 15. While still at school, she worked with bandleaders Bob Crosby and Glenn Miller, and she signed her first recording contract with Capitol Records in 1947.

She scored her first hit the following year with You Were Only Foolin’ (While I Was Fallin’ in Love), and went on to record hits like So Tired, Hoop De Doo, Bonaparte's Retreat, Rock n' Roll Waltz, and Wheel of Fortune.

Kay also enjoyed success on the country charts thanks to her collaborations with Tennessee Ernie Ford in the early 1950s, Ain’t Nobody’s Business but My Own and I’ll Never Be Free.

Starr continued to record and tour into the 1990s, and in 2001 recorded a duet with Tony Bennett for his album Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues.